Everyone has run across a word they have no idea how to pronounce while reading. Looking up the word in a traditional dictionary is often too time consuming, or once you’ve found the word, you have no idea what all those symbols mean. Even if you are an excellent speller, you have probably run into a word you would have liked to double check. It can take awhile searching a dictionary for the word, especially if you have trouble with understanding alphabetical order. You have probably been caught sitting around knowing you could be learning at that time, but sitting around reading the dictionary is probably not what you would do to kill time. If you have come across any of the above situations, the Franklin Merriam-Webster Speaking Dictionary and Thesaurus has something to offer you.
As a student, I often come across words I have no clue how to pronounce while I’m reading. Before buying this electronic dictionary, I would just skip the words and never remember to look into it later. Now, I can quickly type in the word, press a button, and the dictionary says the word for me. If you are reading in a library or another quiet place, you can also use headphones to listen to the words you need to know how to pronounce. This can be an excellent tool for college students, those just learning English, people with learning disabilities, and just about anyone else.
I’ll be the first to admit I am not naturally a great speller. When I worked in an office doing proofreading, everyone laughed at my bringing an electronic dictionary to work. However, soon everyone was asking to use it at one time or another. Even if you are great at spelling, you will eventually run across a word you do not know how to spell. It is fast to just type in a word and let the dictionary either correct the word or tell you that you guessed the spelling correctly. This is a particularly great feature if you are dyslexic, as it can often be difficult to search through a traditional dictionary by alphabetical order.
Another great feature of this electronic dictionary is that you have access to fun games that help you learn words. If you have some time to kill, you can pull out your electronic dictionary and start learning. Games include fun favorites such as hangman, along with other games such as anagrams, word train, and letter poker. In addition to games, you also have other learning tools. You can create a word list of words you need to learn, read the grammar guide, try out a speaking spelling bee, or even look over the SAT word list. This electronic dictionary helps make learning fun, an excellent feature for high school students, college students, and others who want to learn more about the English language.
If you want to buy something that will dramatically change how you read and write, the Franklin Merriam-Webster Speaking Dictionary and Thesaurus is a great investment. The electronic dictionary will cost you around $100, and last you for years to come. Just think about how often you actually use your traditional dictionary. Now think of how much better your reading and writing would be if you used it more. You will use the dictionary more with this fun electronic dictionary. Now that I have one, I don’t know how I ever lived without it before.