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Ectaco Partner EJ400T User manual
ECTACO® Partner® E500T
English Spanish
Talking Electronic Dictionary & Phrasebook
USER MANUAL
ECTACO® Partner® E500T
User Manual
ECTACO, Inc. assumes no responsibility for any damage or loss
resulting from the use of this manual.
ECTACO, Inc. assumes no responsibility for any loss or claims by third
parties, which may arise through the use of this product.
ECTACO, Inc. assumes no responsibility for any damage or loss
caused by deletion of data as a result of malfunction, repairs, or
battery replacement. Be sure to back up all important data on other
media to avoid data loss.
The contents of this manual are subject to change without notice.
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ECTACO, Inc.
Partner® is a registered trademark of ECTACO, Inc., NY, USA.
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All rights reserved.
FCC Statement
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is
subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause
harmful interference, and (2) This device must accept any interference
received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.
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Warning: Changes or modifications to this unit not expressly
approved by the party responsible for compliance could void the user's
authority to operate the equipment.
Note: This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the
limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC
Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection
against harmful interference in a residential installation. This
equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy
and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may
cause harmful interference to radio communications.
However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a
particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful
interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined
by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to
correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:
•
Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
•
Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
•
Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from
that to which the receiver is connected.
•
Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
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CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION .................................................................... 6
General View ........................................................................ 8
Power Supply ....................................................................... 8
Initialization......................................................................... 10
Keyboard ............................................................................ 11
Display................................................................................ 12
Main Menu.......................................................................... 13
DICTIONARY........................................................................ 14
Viewing entries ................................................................... 14
Vector Ultima™ Spellchecker............................................. 15
Parts of Speech, Gender Labels, Abbreviations................. 16
Reverse Translation ........................................................... 17
Pronunciation of Words and Phrases ................................. 18
PHRASEBOOK .................................................................... 19
POPULAR IDIOMS............................................................... 20
IRREGULAR VERBS ........................................................... 20
ENGLISH GRAMMAR GUIDE.............................................. 21
HANGMAN WORD GAME ................................................... 21
SAT 200................................................................................ 22
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SAT 5000.............................................................................. 23
USA INTERVIEW ................................................................. 23
CALCULATOR ..................................................................... 24
CURRENCY CONVERSION................................................. 24
Setting and Checking Rates ............................................... 24
Conversion ......................................................................... 25
METRIC CONVERSION ....................................................... 25
WORLD TIME....................................................................... 25
SETUP .................................................................................. 26
Set language ...................................................................... 26
Set font size........................................................................ 26
Speech settings .................................................................. 27
Slang lock ........................................................................... 27
Date format......................................................................... 27
Time format ........................................................................ 28
Clock................................................................................... 28
Key tone ............................................................................. 28
Set contrast ........................................................................ 29
Set sleep time..................................................................... 29
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INTRODUCTION
Congratulations on purchasing ECTACO® Partner® E500T! This
product is the result of the combined efforts of Ectaco's linguists,
engineers, and programmers, and represents the last generation of
the highest-performance integrated linguistic systems available.
ECTACO® Partner® E500T features:
Bidirectional dictionary of over 687,000 words, including idioms,
medical, technical, legal, and business terms, as well as slang and
general expressions
Over 14,000 useful phrases in the English
Spanish phrasebook
Unlimited voice function based on the TTS (Text-to-Speech)
technology
Instant reverse translation
Look-up function
Vector Ultima™ spell-checking system
Phonetic transcription
English irregular verbs
Over 200 popular American idioms
SAT 200 and SAT 5000 vocabularies
Hangman word game
Metric and currency converters
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World time
English Grammar guide
USA Interview
Calculator
Slang lock
Three font sizes
Mini-USB port for external power supply
Headphone jack
As continuous efforts are being made by the manufacturer to
ensure the best quality and performance of the ECTACO®
Partner® products, some characteristics of the device you have
purchased may slightly differ from their description in this manual.
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General View
The general view and external features of ECTACO® Partner® E500T
are shown below.
Power Supply
The device is powered by two AAA (LR03) batteries.
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How to Replace the Batteries
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Ensure the power is off. Press ON/OFF to turn the device off.
Never try to remove batteries from the device when the power is
on. This can seriously damage the device. If you experience
difficulty turning the device off, press the Reset button on the lefthand side of the keyboard (under the A key) and reset the system.
•
Remove the battery compartment cover by sliding it away from the
device.
•
Remove the used batteries and replace them with new ones. Do
not mix old and new batteries.
When replacing the batteries, you have one minute to place new
ones in the device without risk of losing any data stored in RAM.
Do not exceed the one-minute limit! Neither the manufacturer
nor the dealer may be held responsible for loss of user data.
•
Make sure to place the batteries according to the polarity marks (+
-) inside the compartment.
•
Replace the battery compartment cover by sliding it toward the
device. Make sure the cover sits in place properly.
ECTACO® Partner® E500T is equipped with a mini-USB port for
external power supply.
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Use of an inappropriate external power supply may cause failure
of the device and may void the warranty. Always use the original
accessories manufactured by ECTACO, Inc.
Initialization
The initialization routine is started:
when ECTACO® Partner® E500T is turned on for the first
time;
after the system has been reset with the Reset button.
The Reset button is located on the left-hand side of the keyboard
(under the A key). It can be accessed with any thin object like a
paper clip. Never use a needle or pin for this purpose since it can
damage the device.
•
If you see the Initialize system? (y/n) message, press the N key to
abort initialization and customization.
The System initialized! message indicates that system initialization
has been completed and the factory defined default settings have
been restored.
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Keyboard
The American standard QWERTY keyboard allows you to enter any
word just in seconds.
•
Enter the desired symbol from the keyboard by pressing the
corresponding key.
Unlike PC keyboards, there is no need to keep a key (such as
SHIFT) down while pressing another one. It is enough to press it
only once and release.
The available set of national characters is dependent on the selected
keyboard layout.
Control and edit keys
ON/OFF
Turn the device on or off
Reset
Re-initialize system
SPELLER
Launch spell-checker
(SHIFT+ P-UP
or P-DN)
Pronounce a headword or a highlighted portion of
translation
SHIFT+
1 Use
Access additional symbols1
, , , to select the desired symbol and then press
ENTER. Press ESC to return to the input line.
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SHIFT+
Switch between the Insert and Overtype modes
,
Move cursor / highlight / switch Main Menu
,
Highlight / scroll lines / switch Main Menu / change
values
P-UP / P-DN
Page Up / Page Down
ENTER
Execute
ESC
Cancel / return to the previous page / switch to Main
Menu
ALT
Enter diacritic letters (Á, É, Í, Ñ, Ó, Ú, Ü) – press
the corresponding key + ALT. To enter such letters
in caps, press SHIFT+ the corresponding key +
ALT.
SHIFT
Type in uppercase
BS
Delete character to the left of the cursor
Switch translation direction
Other shortcut keys open sections corresponding to the marks on the
keys (press SHIFT+ shortcut key; for example, SHIFT+DICT).
Display
ECTACO® Partner® E500T features a high-resolution screen (255x160
pixels).
The indicator line is at the bottom of the display and shows the
following indicators:
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SHIFT
SHIFT key pressed
INS
Insert mode selected
OVR
Overtype mode selected
Battery life indicator
Slang lock is on
The number of reverse translations performed
Language input mode
,
,
Translation direction
,
Horizontal scrolling enabled
,
Vertical scrolling enabled
Main Menu
ECTACO® Partner® E500T Main Menu consists of 15 icons, which
visually organize access to the dictionary's sections.
To display the Main Menu, turn the device on and/or close the current
section.
•
Move between icons by using
•
To open a section, which icon is highlighted, press ENTER.
,
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The icons shown in the Main Menu represent the following sections:
Dictionary
PhraseBook
Hangman
SAT 200
Currency
Conversion
Metric
Conversion
Popular
Idioms
Irregular
Verbs
English
Grammar
SAT 5000 USA Interview Calculator
World Time
Setup
About
DICTIONARY
The Dictionary section includes English-Spanish and Spanish-English
dictionaries containing over 687,000 words in total. Pronunciation of
English headwords in the English-Spanish dictionary is illustrated by
means of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA).
•
Press SHIFT+DICT to enter the Dictionary section.
•
Use
to switch the translation direction.
Viewing entries
•
To translate a word, enter it from the keyboard.
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When the desired word is highlighted, press ENTER to see its
translation(s).
You can listen to the pronunciation of any word or phrase in the
Dictionary – just highlight it by using , , , and then
press .
Use:
, to scroll through the translations;
P-UP, P-DN to switch between adjacent entries.
•
Press ESC or any letter key to return to the input line and translate
another word in the same dictionary.
You can change the translation direction by pressing .
Vector Ultima™ Spellchecker
When you are unsure of the spelling of a word, the multilingual spellchecker Vector Ultima™ will help you.
•
Type the word as you hear it. For example, "foll" for "fall".
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Press SHIFT+SPELLER (SHIFT and either of the P-UP / P-DN
keys).
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Select the desired word and then press ENTER.
If the spell-checker is unable to suggest alternative words, the No
variants message will appear.
Parts of Speech, Gender Labels, Abbreviations
Translations of a headword are marked with part-of-speech labels:
art. – article
adj. – adjective
npr – proper noun
id. – idiom
pron. – pronoun
phr. – phrase
aux. – auxiliary
abbr. – abbreviation
num. – numeral
interj. – interjection
suff. – suffix
pref. – prefix
conj. – conjunction
adv. – adverb
part. – particle
noun – noun
verb – verb
prep. – preposition
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Nouns can be marked with gender and number labels:
FPL – feminine plural
F – feminine
MPL – masculine plural
M – masculine
MFPL – common gender plural
MF – common gender
Certain words and expressions in the dictionary are marked with
abbreviations to indicate the use of such entries.
náut. – nautical
el. – electronics
anat. – anatomy
rel. – religion
farm. – pharmacy
astr. – astronomy
sl. – slang
hist. – history
aut. – automobile
LAm – Latin American téc. – technical
bot. – botany
vulg. –
med. – medicine
colloq. – colloquial
vulgarism
comp. – computers Méx. – Mexican
zool. – zoology
mús. – music
dep. – sport
Reverse Translation
For your convenience, ECTACO® Partner® E500T provides Instant
Reverse Translation for words and expressions in the Dictionary
section.
•
Press ,
translation.
to select a word or expression for the reverse
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Press ENTER to obtain its reverse translation.
You can make up to 10 reverse translations in succession (without
closing windows). The current number of the reverse translations
performed is shown at the bottom of the display.
Use:
• ESC to close the reverse translation windows2;
• SHIFT+DICT or any letter key to return to the input line.
Pronunciation of Words and Phrases
One of the most exciting features of the ECTACO® Partner® E500T is
the TTS (Text-to-Speech) technology allowing you to listen to the
pronunciation of English and Spanish words and phrases.
•
Make the selection by using ,
•
Press
2 The
,
,
.
windows will be closed in reverse order.
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PHRASEBOOK
The phrasebook contains over 14,000 phrases in the English and
Spanish languages. The phrases are divided into 15 conversational
topics. Translation direction can be changed by pressing .
Basics
Bank
Repairs / Laundry
Traveling
Communication means
Sport / Leisure
Hotel
In the restaurant
Health / Drugstore
Local transport
Food / Drinks
Beauty Care
Sightseeing
Shopping
Calling for police
All topics contain a number of subtopics.
•
Press SHIFT+PHRASES to enter the Phrasebook section.
•
Select a topic. Press ENTER to see its subtopics.
You can listen to the pronunciation of any topic or subtopic title –
just highlight it and then press .
•
Select a subtopic. Press ENTER to see the phrases.
When viewing phrases:
use the P-UP / P-DN keys to scroll through the phrases;
to listen to the pronunciation of the phrase or its translation,
highlight the desired item by using ,
and then press ;
•
When in the topics list, press SHIFT+ or SHIFT+,
the desired viewing mode: Words or Phrases.
to set
In the Words mode, the application shows useful words and speech
patterns pertaining to the topic, if available.
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In the Phrases mode, the application shows full sentences, some of
which have changeable parts. These are underlined.
•
Highlight the desired changeable part by using ,
press ENTER.
and then
For example, when viewing the phrase How frequent are the flights?
you can highlight the flights and change it to the trains.
•
Press ENTER to confirm your choice.
POPULAR IDIOMS
Over 200 widely used American idioms and their equivalents or
translations are included in the Popular Idioms section.
•
Press SHIFT+IDIOMS to enter the Popular Idioms section.
•
Type the first letters of the desired idiom and scroll through the list
to find it.
•
Press ENTER.
•
To listen to the pronunciation of the idiom or its translation(s),
highlight the desired item by using ,
and then press .
•
Use the P-UP / P-DN keys to scroll through the entries.
IRREGULAR VERBS
All commonly used English irregular verbs with their Past Simple and
Past Participle forms are stored in alphabetical order in the Irregular
Verbs section.
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Press SHIFT+VERBS to enter the Irregular Verbs section.
•
Type the first letters of the desired verb and scroll through the list
to find it.
•
Press ENTER.
•
To listen to the pronunciation of the verb forms or translation(s),
highlight the desired item by using ,
and then press .
•
Use the P-UP / P-DN keys to scroll through the entries.
ENGLISH GRAMMAR GUIDE
ECTACO® Partner® E500T contains the English Grammar guide in the
English and Spanish languages. The content of the English Grammar
section depends on the selected interface language.
•
Open the English Grammar section.
The English Grammar contains three-level hierarchical menus. You
can reach a menu's third level by consecutively selecting topics from
the menu.
HANGMAN WORD GAME
ECTACO® Partner® E500T features the learning game Hangman,
which can improve your spelling skills and enhance your personal
vocabulary.
•
Press SHIFT+GAME to enter the Hangman section.
•
Select a language for the game by pressing
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Enter letters from the keyboard, trying to guess the word before
the picture is complete.
•
When playing, press ENTER to display the translation of the
hidden word (which will count as one try). To hide the translation,
press ESC.
•
to listen to the pronunciation of the hidden word (counts
Press
as one try).
After the game ends, the hidden word and its translation(s) will be
shown.
SAT 200
This section includes two hundred keywords with transcriptions and
definitions from the SAT vocabulary.
•
Enter the SAT 200 section.
•
To view word's transcription and definition, just start entering the
word in the input line and then select the requested entry when it
appears in the list.
•
Press ENTER.
•
To listen to the pronunciation of any headword or definition,
highlight it by using ,
and then press .
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SAT 5000
This section includes five thousand words with transcriptions and
definitions from the SAT vocabulary.
•
Enter the SAT 5000 section.
All functions and keys in the SAT 5000 section work in the same way
as they do in SAT 200.
USA INTERVIEW
This is the ultimate talking preparation guide to the U.S. citizenship
exam.
•
Enter the USA Interview section.
•
To listen to the pronunciation of the chapter title, highlight it and
then press .
•
Select the desired chapter by using
•
Use the P-UP / P-DN keys to switch between questions in the
current chapter.
•
To display or hide the answer, press ENTER.
or
. Press ENTER.
No answers are available for some questions; for example, the
names of current government officials.
•
To listen to the pronunciation of a question or answer text,
highlight it by using ,
and then press .
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CALCULATOR
ECTACO® Partner® E500T includes a standard calculator with
memory features. The screen has 14-digit display capacity.
•
Press SHIFT+CALC to enter the Calculator section.
When entering numbers and operations from the keyboard, there is no
need to press the SHIFT key while in the Calculator mode. Use this
application as an ordinary pocket calculator.
CURRENCY CONVERSION
The Currency Conversion function allows you to instantly calculate
conversion values between twelve pre-installed currencies and three
user-defined currencies.
•
Press SHIFT+MONEY to enter the Currency Conversion section.
Setting and Checking Rates
•
Select the Set rate subsection to specify currency names and
rates.
•
Use  and
•
Specify an exchange rate relative to the basic currency (which
rate should equal 1).
•
To remove characters before the insertion point, press BS.
•
To set a currency rate to 1.0, select it and then press C/CE.
to switch between names and rates.
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Conversion
•
Enter the Calculation subsection.
•
Select a currency name and enter an amount.
While you are typing a new amount, the conversion is being performed.
METRIC CONVERSION
With ECTACO® Partner® E500T you may easily convert units of
measure from the British-American system into the metric system
commonly used in Europe and vice versa, as well as convert within
each system.
•
Press SHIFT+METRIC to enter the Metric Conversion section.
•
Choose a subsection by pressing
•
Input the value.
,
. Press ENTER.
WORLD TIME
Using the World Time section, you may view the current time in cities
around the globe.
•
Press SHIFT+TIME to enter the World Time section.
The World Time screen shows the names of the selected city and
country (default: New York, USA), the date, day of the week, and the
current time for that city.
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You can quickly find the desired city by pressing the first letter of
its name and scrolling through the list by using , .
•
To see information for another city of the same country, scroll
through the alphabetic list by pressing SHIFT+ or SHIFT+.
•
When you find the desired city, press ENTER to save changes.
The next time you enter this section, the city you have chosen will
be displayed first.
SETUP
Personalize your ECTACO® Partner® E500T by selecting options in
the Setup section.
•
Press SHIFT+SETUP to enter the Setup section.
Most of the Setup section options are very easy to adjust. Unless
stated otherwise, enter a subsection and select the desired option with
, and ,
(if applicable). Then press ENTER to confirm your
choice.
•
Press ESC to return to the list of subsections.
Set language
You can switch interface language between English and Spanish.
Set font size
ECTACO® Partner® E500T offers you three font sizes: Small, Medium
or Large.
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Speech settings
Use the Speech settings to adjust the Volume, Speech frequency and
Speech speed, shaping your own pronunciation style.
•
Select the desired option and then press ENTER.
•
Use ENTER to move between the Volume, Speech frequency,
and Speech speed controls.
•
Use ,
•
Press ENTER to save changes.
to adjust the levels of each option.
Slang lock
In this subsection you can hide slang words or phrases contained in
the Dictionary. For example, you may forbid your children to access
slang. Slang lock is on by default. To disable the Slang lock function,
please use this password: showslan.
When Slang lock is on, the indicator is shown at the bottom of the
display in the Dictionary and Hangman sections.
In Hangman, the indicator is always displayed because slang
words are not used in the game.
Date format
The Month-Day-Year date format can be changed to Day-Month-Year
or Year-Month-Day.
When you switch the Interface language, the Date format may
change.
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Time format
The American 12-hour time format can be changed to the 24-hour
format.
When you switch the Interface language, the Time format may
change.
Clock
In this subsection you can choose the desired city and adjust the
current time.
Use:
,
,
or ENTER to move the highlight;
or the numeric keys to change values.
•
Specify the current date and time.
•
Use the "A" and "P" keys to specify AM and PM, respectively.
•
Select the desired city.
You can quickly find the desired city by pressing the first letter of
its name and scrolling through the list by using , .
•
Press ENTER to save changes.
Key tone
This feature is designed to produce a short beep every time you press
a key on the device's keyboard. The Key tone is turned on by default.
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Set contrast
The default contrast setting can be changed in the Set contrast
subsection.
•
Change the Contrast level by using ,
•
Press ENTER.
.
Set sleep time
This feature saves battery life by shutting down the device after a
specified period of inactivity: 1, 3 or 5 minutes.
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