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Ectaco Partner EP850 User manual
ECTACO® Partner® EP850
Hand-held Electronic Language Teacher®, Text Translator,
Talking Dictionary, and Audio PhraseBook™
USER MANUAL
ECTACO Partner® EP850
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
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The contents of this manual are subject to change without notice.
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© 1990–2008 ECTACO, Inc., New York, USA.
The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks
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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.
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
GENERAL DESCRIPTION.................................................................................. 6
Introduction ........................................................................................................ 6
General View ..................................................................................................... 7
Power Supply..................................................................................................... 8
SD Card ............................................................................................................. 8
PC Communication ............................................................................................ 8
Initialization ........................................................................................................ 9
Keyboard............................................................................................................ 9
Display and Main Menu ................................................................................... 10
Sidebar............................................................................................................. 11
On-screen Keyboard........................................................................................ 12
ECTACO C-Pen® ............................................................................................. 12
Windows .......................................................................................................... 13
Pop-up Toolbar ................................................................................................ 13
Pop-up Menus.................................................................................................. 15
Parts of Speech, Gender Labels, Abbreviations.............................................. 16
Pronunciation of Words and Sentences .......................................................... 18
Online Manual.................................................................................................. 19
DICTIONARIES ................................................................................................. 19
Dictionary ......................................................................................................... 19
WordNet Dictionary.......................................................................................... 21
Audio PhraseBook ........................................................................................... 21
Text Translation ............................................................................................... 23
English Idioms.................................................................................................. 23
Irregular Verbs ................................................................................................. 24
Usage of Audio PhraseBook for Foreign Language Studies........................... 24
LANGUAGE TEACHER® .................................................................................. 25
Language Teacher® ......................................................................................... 25
FlashCards....................................................................................................... 26
Hangman ......................................................................................................... 29
USA Interview .................................................................................................. 30
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ENTERTAINMENT ............................................................................................ 30
Audio Books..................................................................................................... 30
Audio Player..................................................................................................... 31
Voice Recorder ................................................................................................ 32
Calendar .......................................................................................................... 33
Tasks ............................................................................................................... 34
EXTRAS ............................................................................................................ 35
Calculator......................................................................................................... 35
World Time....................................................................................................... 35
Size Equivalents .............................................................................................. 35
Metric Conversion ............................................................................................ 36
Settings ............................................................................................................ 36
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GENERAL DESCRIPTION
Introduction
Congratulations on your purchase of the high-end class ECTACO Partner® EP850 Handheld Electronic Language Teacher®, Text Translator, Talking Dictionary, and Audio
PhraseBook™! The product you have purchased is the result of the combined efforts of
the ECTACO team of linguists, engineers, and programmers. You are now the owner of
one of the most advanced electronic devices ever produced for translation purposes and
language studies.
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ECTACO Partner EP850 features:
• Talking dictionary of 1,055,000 general, medical, technical, legal, and slang words and
expressions with transcriptions, samples of usage, part-of-speech labels
• WordNet dictionary – 70,000 words with definitions
• Unlimited voice function based on TTS (Text-to-Speech) technology
• Phonetic transcription
• Instant reverse translation
• Look-up function
• Advanced word recognition and MorphoFinder™
• Professionally narrated Audio PhraseBook™ with more than 14,000 phrases, ECTACO
Speech Recognition system
• Vector Ultima™ spell-checker
• State-of-the-art Full-text Machine Translation Program
• English idioms and irregular verbs
• ECTACO Speech Recognition based tutorial with graphical testing system
• Linguistic games: FlashCards, Pockets, Spell it Right, Translation Test, Hangman
• USA Interview
• Audio Tours for the Louvre Museum, the Orsay Museum, Versailles, the Historic Paris
Walk
• Audio Player with mp3 support
• Calendar
• Tasks
• Size Equivalents
• Metric Conversion
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• World Time
• Voice Recorder
• Calculator
• Bilingual interface
• Backlight
• SD slot
• mini-USB port
• Headset jack
• The device is compatible with the ECTACO C-Pen® hand-held scanner for text
recognition and translation
Device is powered by AC/DC adapter (Travel Charger) and rechargeable battery (all
included in the standard package).
Note: Always use the original accessories manufactured by ECTACO, Inc.
General View
The general view and essential features of ECTACO Partner® EP850 are shown below.
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Power Supply
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ECTACO Partner EP850 is powered by a special Li-Polymer rechargeable battery.
When the battery becomes weak, the red LED signal starts blinking. In that case, the
voice function will be disabled in order to prevent excessive discharge of the battery and
a resulting loss of data in RAM. To restore full functionality of the device, recharge the
battery as soon as possible.
How to Recharge the Battery
• Make sure the battery is inserted in the battery compartment.
Note: Only a special rechargeable battery, special charger, and special USB cable may
be used with your ECTACO Partner® EP850. Use of an inappropriate external power
supply may cause failure of the device and will void the warranty.
• Connect the AC/DC adapter to your device via the mini-USB port (see General View), or
connect your device to your PC using the special USB cable.
The red LED signal shows that the battery is recharging.
LED status: blinking blue – recording is in progress or data being transferred; blinking
red – SD card is being scanned, or the battery is critically low.
Note: Charge the battery overnight prior to the first use of the device.
SD Card
Before you start using your ECTACO Partner® EP850, please make sure the SD card
(included in the standard package) is installed into the SD slot of the device. If the card is
not installed, slide it into the slot located on the right-hand edge of the device – the
contacts of the card face up, label face down. Push the card gently until it clicks into
place. To eject the card, just push it in slightly.
PC Communication
The PC Communication function allows you to manage files and folders stored on the SD
card. For example, you may wish to add music files.
• Ensure the SD card is installed into the device.
• Turn the device on.
• Connect the device to your PC using the special USB cable and the mini-USB
port located on the device (see General View).
Please wait while your PC detects the device. On the device screen, you will see the
Device is ready to work with PC message.
• Navigate to the newly detected removable disk on your PC to browse through
the files stored on the SD card.
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Note: Do not modify the content of the system folder. Do not delete system files.
• To disconnect the device, just unplug the cable.
Note: Always back up your important data! Neither the manufacturer nor the dealers
assume any responsibility for lost or corrupted data.
Initialization
In the rare event that the data on the screen is corrupted or a program is not responding
properly, you will need to perform a reset.
key). It
The Reset button is located on the left-hand side of the keyboard (over the
can be accessed with any thin object like a paper clip. Never use a needle or a sharp pin
for this purpose since it can damage the device.
• Unscrew the removable cap of the stylus – it will serve you as a reset pin.
• Press the Reset button.
On completion of the reboot, you will see the calibration screen with five targets,
appearing one after another as you tap them with the stylus. Tap the screen to accept the
new calibration settings.
Keyboard
The American standard QWERTY keyboard (combined with the Polish layout) allows you
to enter any word just in seconds. Each set of national characters is linked to its language
input mode. Language modes can be toggled by pressing the
key.
Note: To enter Polish diacritic letters in Calendar and Tasks, switch to the Polish
layout by pressing
. The English layout is set by default.
The function and control keys are described below.
Note: Key1+Key2 here and further on signifies the combination of keys to use – first
press and hold Key1, then press and release Key2.
Key / Function(s)
Turn the device on or off
Reset Re-initialize system
Use speech recognition (available in Audio PhraseBook)
Show or hide the pop-up toolbar
Use speech function / Listen to the pronunciation of the source item in Audio
PhraseBook, English Idioms, Irregular Verbs (press
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Close active window / Cancel
Delete character to the left of cursor
Switch focus between displayed controls (check boxes etc.)
+key Press and hold this key down to type in uppercase or to enter additional
symbols marked on the keys. Press this key twice to toggle the Caps Lock mode
+
,
Launch spell-checker
+key Enter Polish diacritic letters
+
+key Enter Polish diacritic letters in uppercase
Switch language or translation direction
Execute
,
,
,
,
Move cursor or highlight / Scroll lines
Page Up / Page Down / Switch Main Menu sections
Enter space
Display and Main Menu
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ECTACO Partner EP850 features a touch screen (320 x 240 pixels) with a windowsdriven graphical interface. The Main Menu consists of four sections, which visually
organize access to the ECTACO Partner® EP850 applications.
Note: Tapping screen items is preferably done with the supplied pointing device known
as a stylus, which, when not in use, is kept in a special slot at the side of the device's
back panel (see General View).
Main Menu
• To display the Main Menu, turn the device on, and/or exit the currently running
application. The Main Menu consists of the following sections:
Dictionaries
Language Teacher®
Entertainment
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Extras
At the top of the screen, you will see the battery life indicator.
The Main Menu sections are described below. The content of the Main Menu depends on
product model.
• Use the Dictionaries section to access Dictionary, Audio PhraseBook, Text Translation,
English Idioms, and Irregular Verbs.
• Use the Language Teacher section to access Language Teacher®, FlashCards,
Hangman, and USA Interview.
• Use the Entertainment section to access Audio Books, Audio Player, Voice Recorder,
Calendar, and Tasks.
• Use the Extras section to access Calculator, World Time, Size Equivalents, Metric
Conversion, and Settings.
To open a section, do one of the following:
• tap the section icon;
• press the numeric key that corresponds to the section number.
• When in a section, tap the desired application name. Alternatively, highlight it and then
press
. The application will open.
• To close an application, tap
at the upper right of the screen, or just press
.
Sidebar
Twelve applications of ECTACO Partner® EP850 have their permanent touch-sensitive
shortcut buttons on the Sidebar to the right and left of the screen:
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Dictionary
Toolbar
Audio PhraseBook
Say
Audio Player
Record/recognize
Calculator
Volume
Settings
On-screen keyboard
Back
Forward
On-screen Keyboard
The on-screen keyboard is a set of virtual keys displayed on the screen. This set of keys
simulates the conventional physical keyboard or part of it.
• In applications featuring text input, tap
keyboard.
• To hide it, tap
on the sidebar to activate the on-screen
once again.
ECTACO C-Pen1
With ECTACO C-Pen® you can acquire and then translate words or text portions from
paper media. It is capable of recognizing texts in languages based on Latin, Cyrillic or
Greek character set.
• Connect ECTACO C-Pen® to your device. Make sure the device is turned on.
• Press the Function key on ECTACO C-Pen®. You will see the Ready to scan dialog.
• Select the desired language and application.
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Optional accessory. Included in the ECTACO Partner EP850 Deluxe package.
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• Place the tip of ECTACO C-Pen® before the first character of your text. The leg with the
touch trigger should be below the text line and the other leg above the text line.
• Keep the touch trigger pressed onto the surface and move ECTACO C-Pen® over the
line of text. You can move ECTACO C-Pen® either left-to-right or right-to-left over the text.
• Lift your ECTACO C-Pen®.
• In the Ready to scan dialog, tap Ok.
The text will be transferred to the selected application.
Windows
Every application, pop-up menu, or dialog box used in ECTACO Partner® EP850 appears
in its own window. A window is displayed as a framed screen area with two main
elements: the title bar and the close button (
or OK).
• To move an overlapping window, tap on its title bar and drag the window to another part
of the screen holding the stylus down.
The scroll bar is shown when the contents do not all fit on the screen. The slider shows
the position of the displayed contents relative to the rest of data.
On the scroll bar:
• tap a scroll arrow (
or
) to advance or go back one line;
• tap and drag the slider to browse information;
• tap the scroll bar below or above the slider to jump to the corresponding portion of text.
Pop-up Toolbar
A toolbar is a set of horizontally arranged buttons shown at the bottom of the relevant
window.
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• To activate the pop-up toolbar, press
.
• To perform an action, just tap the corresponding icon. Alternatively, select it by using
or
and then press
.
Toolbar buttons have the following functions:
Activate spell-checker
Display History
Select options
Switch language
Add to Flash Cards
Find in WordNet
Display Help
Search
Adjust microphone sensitivity
Translate in Dictionary
Delete/Clear
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Reset statistics
Start new game
Rescan the card
Hide
Edit
Clear date
Clear to date
Switch to Agenda View
Switch to Day View
Switch to Calendar View
Add new item
Sort
Filter
Turn the sound off
Turn the sound on
Volume control
The contents of the toolbar depend on the current application.
Pop-up Menus
With the help of pop-up menus, you can quickly choose an action to perform on the
selected item. For example, you can copy a text onto the clipboard. To paste the text you
have copied, place the cursor in a text input field and then select Paste in the pop-up
menu.
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Note: Pop-up menus may vary from application to application.
• To activate the pop-up menu, highlight the desired item and hold the stylus down on it
for a second.
• When the pop-up menu appears, lift the stylus and then select the desired action. You
can close the pop-up menu by tapping anywhere on the screen, outside of the menu.
Parts of Speech, Gender Labels, Abbreviations
In the Dictionary, translations or definitions of a headword are shown with their parts of
speech:
A – adjective
NPR – proper noun
ABBR – abbreviation
NUM – numeral
ADV – adverb
PART – particle
ART – article
PHR – phrase
AUX – auxiliary
PREF – prefix
CONJ – conjunction
PREP – preposition
ID – idiom
PRON – pronoun
INTRJ – interjection
SUFF – suffix
N – noun
V – verb
Polish nouns are marked with gender and number labels:
F – feminine
MN – masculine or neuter
M – masculine
N – neuter
MF – masculine or feminine
PL – plural
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Certain words and expressions in the dictionary are marked with the following
abbreviations:
akust. – acoustics
lit. – literature
am. – American
litur. – liturgical
anat. – anatomy
log. – logic
arch. – architecture
lotn. – aviation
astr. – astronomy
mal. – painting
aut . – motor transport
mar. – nautical
bibl. – biblical
mat. – mathematics
bil. – billiards
mech. – mechanics
biochem. – biochemistry
med. – medicine
biol. – biology
metal. – metallurgy
bot. – botany
meteor. – meteorology
bud. – building
miner. – mineralogy
chem. – chemistry
mit. – mythology
chir. – surgery
muz. – music
dial. – dialect
mysl. – hunting
druk. – printing
ogr. – agronomy
dypl. – diplomacy
opt. – optics
dziec. – nursery
paleont. – paleontology
ekon. – economics
parl. – parliamentary
elektr. – electronics
pieszcz. – nursery
farm. – pharmacy
plast. – art
film. – cinema
poet. – poetic
filoz. – philosophy
pog. – pejorative
fin. – finance
poligr. – printing
fiz. – physics
polit. – political
fizj. – physiology
pot. – colloquial
fonet. – phonetics
prawn. – law
fot. – photography
prozod. – prosody
garb. – tanning
przen. – in transferred use
genet. – genetics
psych. – psychology
geogr. – geography
rel. – religion
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geol. – geology
ret. – rhetoric
geom. – geometry
roln. – agriculture
gield. – sock exchange
ros. – russian
gimn. – gymnastics
sad. – legal
górn. – mining
skr. – abbreviation
gram. – grammar
sl. – slang
gw. – informal
sport. – sport
handl. – trading
szach. – chess
herald. – heraldry
szerm. – fencing
hist. – historical
szew. – shoemaking
hutn. – metallurgy
szkoc. – scottish
irl. – irish
teatr. – theater
iron. – ironical
tech. – technical
jez. – linguistics
tekst. – textile
karc. – cards
teol. – theology
kin. – cinematography
tk. – weaving
kolej. – railways
uniw. – university
komp. – computers
wet. – veterinary
kosc. – ecclesiastical
wojsk. – military
kraw. – tailoring
wulg. – vulgar
ksiegow. – accounting
zool. – zoology
kulin. – cooking
zart. – jocular
Pronunciation of Words and Sentences
One of the most exciting features of ECTACO Partner® EP850 is the TTS (Text-toSpeech) technology which allows you to listen to the pronunciation of words and phrases
in English and Polish.
• To hear the displayed or highlighted headword pronounced, press the
key.
Note: Certain words have several pronunciation variations. So the pronunciation of the
TTS engine and the given phonetic transcription may be different. In this case, consider
the version given in the dictionary as the basic one.
• To hear the translation or definition pronounced, highlight the desired portion of it by
using the stylus, and then press the
key.
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• TTS is able to generate the pronunciation of any text, not limited to dictionary entries.
Simply type a word or phrase in the Text Translation input field and then press the
key to listen to its pronunciation.
Note: The Volume options (found in the Settings section) allow you to adjust speech
volume.
Online Manual
ECTACO Partner® EP850 user manual is compiled in an electronic format and is stored
on the SD card. The content of the manual is only available when the card is installed into
the device.
• Press the
key to activate the pop-up toolbar, and then tap
application will open.
on the toolbar. The
• To see the table of contents, tap Contents.
• Tap the scroll arrows in the upper right and lower right corners of the screen to scroll
through the displayed content.
DICTIONARIES
Dictionary
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ECTACO Partner EP850 contains the most advanced electronic dictionary available on
the market.
• In the Main Menu, tap
or press 1 to open the Dictionaries section.
• Tap the application name. Alternatively, highlight it and then press
application will open.
. The
• To translate a word, start entering it from the conventional keyboard. Alternatively, use
the on-screen keyboard.
Note: The MorphoFinder™ function helps you find the source words (headwords) for past
participles, gerunds, plural and adjective forms. For example, if you enter "distributes" you
will get "distribute" as there is no translation or definition for "distributes" because it is a
form of "distribute".
• When the desired word is displayed, select it (tap the corresponding line) to see its
translation(s).
• Within a translation, where applicable, tap <...> to see the entire text.
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• To look up the highlighted English entry in the WordNet Dictionary, select
pop-up toolbar.
on the
Spell-checker Vector Ultima™
The spell-checker Vector Ultima™ is one of the most advanced on the market. When you
are unsure of a word's spelling, Vector Ultima™ allows you to enter the word as you hear
it and choose a spelling variation from the list.
• Type the word board as you hear it: bord.
• Activate the pop-up toolbar, and then select
menu and tap Spellcheck.
. Alternatively, activate the pop-up
A list of suggested similar words will appear. If the spell-checker is unable to suggest any
variants, the No variants! message will be shown.
• Select the word board to see its translations.
• To reverse translate an entry, simply double-tap it, or hold the stylus down on it and
then select Translate in the pop-up menu.
on the pop-up toolbar or press
• To change the translation direction, tap
• To list the words or phrases you translated, tap
Alternatively, select History in the pop-up menu.
.
on the pop-up toolbar.
Note: The maximum number of entries stored in the History list is 7.
Adding and Deleting User Entries
ECTACO Partner® EP850 allows you to create your own vocabulary which automatically
links to the Dictionary.
• Hold the stylus down on any dictionary entry in the list and then select User words / Add
in the pop-up menu. You will see the Add user word window.
• Type your word or expression and its translation. Specify the part of speech.
• Tap Add to save your entry. The entry will be highlighted in red for easy identification.
You might want to delete a user entry.
• Hold the stylus down on your entry in the list and then select User words / Delete in the
pop-up menu.
Adding Entries to FlashCards
You can create your personal sets of entries copied from the Dictionary.
• Press
window.
and then tap
on the pop-up toolbar. You will see the Add to FlashCards
• Select the desired options.
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• Tap Add.
Options
Use Options to hide slang words and phrases in the dictionaries.
• Press
and then tap
on the pop-up toolbar.
Note: To disable Slang Lock, please use this password: showslan.
• To save changes, tap OK.
WordNet Dictionary
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ECTACO Partner EP850 includes the advanced English explanatory dictionary –
WordNet, which is integrated into the main dictionary.
• To obtain definition of an English entry from within Dictionary, hold the stylus down on
the desired entry and then tap Explain in the menu that appears, or press
+E.
Note: When viewing entries in the WordNet Dictionary, tap on the underlined items in
blue to follow the corresponding links.
The available pop-up menu items are described below.
• Hold the stylus down on an underlined entry for a second. The pop-up menu will appear.
• Tap Say to hear the entry pronounced.
• Tap Explain to look it up in the WordNet Dictionary.
• Tap Translate to look it up in the Dictionary.
Note: To go back to the last page you viewed, tap Back.
Audio PhraseBook
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ECTACO Partner EP850 substitutes for an interpreter in standard situations such as
registering at a hotel, shopping, visiting bank etc. You simply choose the appropriate
phrase and the device will pronounce its translation.
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Basics
• In the Main Menu, tap
or press 1 to open the Dictionaries section.
• Tap the application name. Alternatively, highlight it and then press
application will open and you will see the topics window.
. The
For easy reference, the phrases are arranged by topics.
• To open a topic or subtopic, tap the corresponding item.
• To change topic, tap
the desired one.
next to the topic name to view the list of topics and then select
• To change the translation direction, press
or tap
• To hear the phrase translation pronounced, press
• To adjust the volume, tap
on the pop-up toolbar.
.
on the pop-up toolbar.
Some of the phrases have changeable parts. These are underlined. For example, when
viewing the phrase How frequent are the flights? you can tap the flights and change it to
the trains. The phrase translation will change accordingly.
Categories: Subtopics, Useful words, You may hear
All topics contain a number of subtopics.
• To view the list of subtopics, tap
next to the subtopic name.
• Tap the desired subtopic or one the following items: Useful words or You may hear to
view its contents.
In the Useful words section, the application shows useful words and speech patterns
pertaining to the topic, if available.
• Select You may hear to view a list of possible replies you may hear from your
interlocutor.
• To find the desired phrase, tap
on the pop-up toolbar. You may input a whole
phrase (for example, Thank you) or a single word (thank). Tap OK to start searching.
Note: To reduce the search time, please open the desired topic before you start
searching. Also, select the In the current topic only option.
Options
• To activate the Options screen, tap
on the pop-up toolbar.
• Under the phrase My gender, select your gender.
• Select the Listener gender.
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The gender options provide greater translation flexibility and accuracy. They affect the
way Partner® EP850 translates certain words and phrases, not the voiceover. You cannot
change the voice from male to female or vice versa.
• Select the Auto Playback option to instantly hear the phrase translation pronounced
(when your phrase is recognized).
Note: Contents of the phrasebook may vary depending on the selected gender options.
• To save changes, tap OK.
Speech Recognition
The Audio PhraseBook application features speech recognition functionality.
• Open the desired subtopic. You will see the list of its phrases.
• Press and hold the
key.
• Say your phrase and then release the
will move to it.
key. If the phrase is on the list, the highlight
Text Translation
ECTACO Partner® EP850 features a highly efficient text translation program.
• In the Main Menu, tap
or press 1 to open the Dictionaries section.
• Tap the application name. Alternatively, highlight it and then press
application will open.
• To change the translation direction, press
toolbar.
. Alternatively, tap
. The
on the pop-up
• Enter a text for translation and then tap Translate.
• To hear a portion of text pronounced, highlight it and then press
.
• You can view the translation of the desired word or expression. Just highlight it and then
tap
on the pop-up toolbar. To return to Text Translation, close the Dictionary
window.
• Tap
on the pop-up toolbar to clear the screen and enter a new text.
English Idioms
Over 200 widely used American idioms and their equivalents or translations are included
in the English Idioms application.
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• In the Main Menu, tap
User Manual
or press 1 to open the Dictionaries section.
• Tap the application name. Alternatively, highlight it and then press
idioms will be displayed.
. The list of
• Start typing the desired idiom; it will appear highlighted.
The idiom's translation will be shown on the lower section of the screen.
• To hear the translation pronounced, press
.
• To look up an idiom in the Dictionary, simply double-tap it. Alternatively, tap
pop-up toolbar, or select Translate in Dictionary from the pop-up menu.
on the
Irregular Verbs
All commonly used English irregular verbs are stored in the Irregular Verbs application.
• In the Main Menu, tap
or press 1 to open the Dictionaries section.
• Tap the application name. Alternatively, highlight it and then press
verbs will be displayed.
. The list of
• Start typing the desired verb; it will appear highlighted.
The verb's translation will be shown on the lower section of the screen.
• To look up a verb in the Dictionary, simply double-tap it. Alternatively, tap
pop-up toolbar, or select Translate in Dictionary from the pop-up menu.
on the
Usage of Audio PhraseBook for Foreign Language
Studies
First, listen to a phrase as recorded by a native foreign language speaker and then
pronounce it by yourself. The device then compares the phrase you have spoken with the
prerecorded sample helping you to improve your pronunciation.
• In the Main Menu, tap
or press 1 to open the Dictionaries section.
• Tap Audio PhraseBook. Alternatively, highlight it and then press
application will then open and you will see the topics window.
. The
• Select the desired topic and subtopic.
• If necessary, change the source language. The source language should be your native
tongue.
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• Highlight the desired phrase.
• To hear the phrase pronounced in the target language, press and release
.
• Repeat this several times until you learn the correct pronunciation.
• Change the translation direction.
• Position your mouth near the built-in microphone at a distance of 3 – 6 inches (8 – 15
cm).
• Press and hold
. You will see a dialog with two buttons: Correct and Wrong.
• Say the newly learned phrase into the microphone.
The phrase you have said in the foreign language will be compared to the model
pronunciation. If you have pronounced the phrase correctly, the device will recognize it
and then show or pronounce its translation in your native language. If the device does not
recognize you – simply repeat the above steps.
The accuracy of speech recognition depends on the level of external noise. It is best to
ensure silence in the room where you practice your pronunciation.
To achieve the best results, please consider the following.
1. Ensure the room is relatively quiet.
2. Choose an optimum distance of 3 – 6 inches (8 – 15 cm) from the built-in microphone,
taking your normal speaking volume into consideration.
3. Do not say unrelated words or phrases into the microphone.
4. Try to say phrases distinctly and plainly without clipping syllables.
5. Avoid carelessness in pronunciation (smacking of lips, loudly inhaling or exhaling,
mumbling, interruptions, repetitions, etc.).
LANGUAGE TEACHER®
Language Teacher®
ECTACO Partner® EP850 features Language Teacher® – a language learning system. It
is an extremely powerful linguistic tool for those who want to master a foreign language
and learn to communicate fluently. With the help of Language Teacher®, you will learn a
language quickly and easily.
Note: The contents of Language Teacher® depend on the selected interface language.
• In the Main Menu, tap
or press 2 to open the Language Teacher® section.
• Tap the application name. Alternatively, highlight it and then press
application will open.
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There are four steps in Language Teacher : Alphabet, Words, Phrases, and Dialogs.
Each step comprises several stages.
• Tap Go or Restart to start learning.
• Otherwise, tap Continue to resume learning from where you left off.
• Follow the instructions announced.
• Tap Continue to go to the next item, stage, or step. You may quickly jump to the desired
step by tapping the percentage indicator next to it.
The Words, Phrases, and Dialogs steps are powered with speech recognition function
and graphical testing system. The phrase you have said will be recorded, automatically
recognized and compared to the model pronunciation. The smileys (
with voiceover will help you improve your articulation skills.
,
,
) along
Alphabet
• Listen to the alphabet. Tap the desired letter's icon to listen to its pronunciation again.
• Listen to the sample words by pressing the
key.
• Play the fascinating game.
Words
You will see words illustrated by pictures. Each word will be announced by voice.
• Follow the instructions announced and try to memorize the words.
Phrases
The phrases will be displayed and pronounced line by line. Some of the phrases have
changeable parts. These are underlined.
• Follow the instructions announced and try to memorize the phrases.
Dialogs
• Listen to the dialogs and master your pronunciation skills.
FlashCards
Four fascinating games – FlashCards, Pockets, Translation Test, and Spell It Right – will
help you quickly develop your vocabulary considerably improving the rate at which you
learn new words. Our method is simple: learn new words while playing the FlashCards
games. The application database contains general and specialized dictionaries:
Business, Law, Medical, and Personal Computers.
• In the Main Menu, tap
or press 2 to open the Language Teacher® section.
• Tap the application name. Alternatively, highlight it and then press
application will open.
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There are pre-defined card sets in this application. Additionally, you can create your own
sets.
• To select the desired set, double-tap the respective folder name, or tap on the
the left of the folder name, and then tap the desired set name.
box to
• Tap the FlashCards, Pockets, Translation Test, or Spell It Right icon to the left. The
game will begin.
Game statistics are stored in the device memory so you can resume playing from where
you left off.
• In the game, tap
on the pop-up toolbar to reset statistics for the current set.
• To quit the game, tap OK or press
.
Creating New Sets and Adding Entries to FlashCards
To create a new set, please follow the steps below.
• Tap on User Sets to select it. A check mark indicates that the option is selected.
• Tap Create to activate the New Set window.
• Specify the dictionary name and translation direction. Tap OK to save your set.
To add or edit entries, please follow the steps below.
• Select the desired set within User Sets and then tap Edit. In the window that appears,
tap Add or Edit to add or edit an entry, respectively. To edit an entry, please first select it.
• Enter your information in every field as desired.
• To save changes, tap OK.
You can create your personal sets of entries copied from the Dictionary.
• Select User Sets and then create your set.
• Open the Dictionary application.
• Select the desired entry.
• Press
window.
and then tap
on the pop-up toolbar. You will see the Add to FlashCards
• Select the desired options.
• Tap Add.
FlashCards
The face of a card shows the source word translation/definition, and the reverse side
shows the source word. The player browses the cards and, whenever necessary, uses a
hint.
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The goal is to learn all cards in the set. You will be prompted to proceed to the next set
once you have finished the current one.
The number of unlearned cards in a set is recorded for each game. This information is
displayed on the screen. For example, Words left: 10 means you have 10 cards
remaining unlearned.
• Tap the Drop button to set a card apart.
• To go to the next card, tap Skip.
• Select the Always show translation option to have the program show you the source
word in each card. Alternatively, tap on the Show translation message to see the source
word. To hide the source word, just tap on it.
Pockets
This is a traditional game targeting in-depth word learning. In this game, the same cards
as those used in the FlashCards game are divided into 4 groups (4 pockets). At the
beginning of the game all cards are located in the first pocket. You turn the cards one by
one and, if you know the hidden source word, put the card in the second pocket. Keep
browsing until all the cards from the first pocket are moved to the second pocket.
At the second stage you move the cards to the third pocket and, again, if you know the
hidden source word, put the card in the next pocket. The goal is to move all cards to the
fourth pocket. You will direct most of your effort at learning difficult words, while simple
words will shortly jump to the fourth pocket.
• Tap on the first pocket.
The first card from those stored in the selected pocket will be displayed.
• Tap Got It! if you know the hidden word.
The card will be moved to the upper pocket.
• If you do not know the source word, tap Forgot, and the card will remain in the current
pocket.
The bottommost line of the screen displays the number of cards left in the pocket. The
game continues until all cards are moved to the fourth pocket and memorized.
Translation Test
In this game you should choose a source word which best corresponds to the given
description. You will be offered four choices, and you should select the correct one. If
your choice is incorrect, you will be prompted to answer the given question later.
The word description and four answer choices will be displayed.
• Tap on the correct one.
If you have made an error, the word will be replaced with "- – -". If you have guessed the
word, it will be highlighted for a second, and the card will be set apart. If you guess wrong
or tap the Skip button, the card will remain in the set and will be displayed later. The
number of unlearned cards in a set is recorded for each game. This information is
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displayed on the screen. For example, Words left: 10 means you have 10 cards
unlearned.
When you have finished a set, the Current set is finished! Start Over? message will be
shown.
• Tap Yes to reset the statistics and go to the first question in the current set.
Spell It Right
In this game the focus is on the correct spelling of words. The program displays the cards
one by one with the source word hidden. This game is similar to FlashCards, but this time
you should type the source word yourself. As in all other games, you can view the source
word at any time.
The Spell It Right screen with the first card from the first set will be shown.
• Type the correct source word in the text input field and tap OK. If you enter the word
incorrectly, the corresponding message will be shown. Just tap OK and try again.
• Tap Skip to go to the next card. When you reach the last card in a set, you will return to
the first unlearned card from the given set.
• Tap on the Show translation message to see the source word. To hide the source word,
just tap on it.
Hangman
®
ECTACO Partner EP850 offers you an educational game Hangman that will improve
your spelling skills and enhance your personal vocabulary in an easy and fascinating
way.
• In the Main Menu, tap
or press 2 to open the Language Teacher® section.
• Tap the application name. Alternatively, highlight it and then press
will begin.
• You can change the target language for the game by pressing
. The game
. Alternatively, tap
on the pop-up toolbar.
• Use
on the pop-up toolbar to change the difficulty level.
• Try to guess letters in the word by entering them from the keyboard. Alternatively, use
the on-screen keyboard. If you guess a letter correctly, it will appear in place of "?" in the
word. The number displayed shows the number of tries remaining.
• Press
to hear the hidden word (counts as one try).
• The game continues until the picture at the upper left of the screen is complete.
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• Each word is added to the list shown in the middle of the screen. To see the translation
of a word, just tap on it.
• The number of won and lost games is shown on the lower section of the screen. To
reset statistics, tap
on the pop-up toolbar.
• To start a new game, tap
.
USA Interview
This is the ultimate talking preparation guide to the U.S. citizenship exam.
• In the Main Menu, tap
or press 2 to open the Language Teacher® section.
• Tap the application name. Alternatively, highlight it and then press
application will open.
• Tap
. The
to pull down the chapters menu.
• Use the Back and Next buttons to navigate through the questions.
• To see the answer to a displayed question, tap Answer.
Note: No answers are available for some questions; for example, the names of current
government officials.
• To listen to the pronunciation of a question text, press
.
• To listen to the pronunciation of the answer text, press
+
.
ENTERTAINMENT
Audio Books
Make sure your trip abroad is culturally enlightening! The Audio Books will personally lead
you through Paris' top sights.
• In the Main Menu, tap
or press 3 to activate the Entertainment section.
• Tap the application name. Alternatively, highlight it and then press
application will open.
• To start a tour, just tap its name. Alternatively, select it and press
narrations listing will appear.
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• Tap
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or just press
and listen to the tour. To play a particular narration,
select it and then tap
or press
.
Use:
•
•
,
,
to list items;
to list pages.
• To play an item at a specific point, tap the slider on the progress bar and then drag the
slider to the desired position.
• To pause playing, tap
• To stop playing, tap
.
.
• To return to the Main Menu, press
.
Audio Player
®
ECTACO Partner EP850 includes Audio Player, a program allowing you to play and
organize digital audio files. The program supports .mp3, .ogg, and uncompressed .wav
files.
• In the Main Menu, tap
or press 3 to activate the Entertainment section.
• Tap the application name. Alternatively, highlight it and then press
application will then open.
. The
• To play the desired recording, simply double-tap it or highlight it and then tap
• To adjust the volume, tap
.
on the pop-up toolbar.
• To play an item at a specific point, tap on the playback progress bar on the upper
section of the screen.
• You can organize your files. Just highlight the desired record and then tap
to move it up, down, or delete, respectively.
,
, or
on the pop-up toolbar.
• To search for music files on the card, tap
• To hide the application window while a record is playing, tap
another application.
. You can then launch
Please use the following on-screen buttons to operate the program:
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Play
Pause
Turn shuffle on
Turn shuffle off
Repeat one
Repeat all
Repeat none
Previous
Stop
Next
Voice Recorder
The Voice Recorder allows you to record memos and play them back.
or press 3 to activate the Entertainment section.
• In the Main Menu, tap
• Tap the application name. Alternatively, highlight it and then press
application will then open.
• To start recording, tap
.
.
• To stop recording and save the record, tap
• To play the highlighted record, tap
• To adjust the volume, tap
. The
.
on the pop-up toolbar.
• To rename the highlighted record, tap
on the pop-up toolbar.
• To organize records, highlight the desired record and then tap
up, down, or delete, respectively.
• To adjust microphone sensitivity, tap
instructions on the screen.
,
, or
to move it
on the pop-up toolbar and then follow the
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Calendar
Manage your time effectively by using the Calendar application. You may enter records,
as well as edit and delete them.
• In the Main Menu, tap
or press 3 to activate the Entertainment section.
• Tap the application name. Alternatively, highlight it and then press
application will open.
. The
Agenda View, Day View, Calendar
The Agenda View displays the schedule for the selected day. The Day View displays the
schedule for the selected time.
• Press
View), or
and then select available views by tapping
(Agenda View),
(Day
(Calendar).
Adding Appointments
To select the date, please follow the steps below.
• Tap the date indicator at the upper left of the screen and then select the desired month
from the list that appears.
• In Calendar view, tap the desired date on the calendar list. When in the Agenda View or
Day View, tap M, T, W, T, F, S, or S button to set the day of the week. Use
or
to go
to the previous or next week (month – in the Calendar mode), respectively. Alternatively,
use the corresponding keys on the keyboard. Use
– in the Calendar mode).
to return to the current date (month
Note: You must be in the Agenda View or Day View to add appointments.
• Press
and then tap
on the pop-up toolbar.
• Tap on the Subject data field and enter the subject.
• To set the Date, Time, and Duration, tap the desired item and then tap on the arrows
to set the values.
• Enter your comments into the Notes field.
• Tap OK to save the appointment.
Viewing, Editing, and Deleting Appointments
• In the Agenda View or Day View, tap an appointment to view it.
• To delete the appointment, press
and then tap
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• To edit the appointment, press
changes.
and then tap
on the pop-up toolbar. Make your
• Select OK to save your changes and return to the main window.
• In Calendar, press
and then tap
for a certain date or earlier, respectively.
or
to delete the appointments scheduled
Tasks
This is a standard organizer program for managing your tasks.
• In the Main Menu, tap
or press 3 to activate the Entertainment section.
• Tap the application name. Alternatively, highlight it and then press
application will open.
. The
Adding New Task
• Enter your task description and then tap
to the right of the input line.
For more options, please leave the input line blank, or use the new task template as
described below.
• Press
and then tap
on the pop-up toolbar.
• Enter information in the fields you want. Use
to open the drop-down lists.
• In the Occurs field, select <Edit pattern...> to activate the Recurrence screen.
• Tap Next to access additional tabs. Tap the Daily, Weekly, Monthly, or Yearly tabs to
add settings.
• To specify the Start and Due dates, tap Next.
• Tap Finish to save your changes.
• Use the Notes tab to enter comments on your task.
• Tap OK to save the task.
• In the main window, tap on the completion check box to mark/unmark a task as
completed.
Managing Tasks
1) Tap the task to view it. The icons you may see next to the task title have the following
meanings:
priority,
– completed,
– low priority,
– valid reminder,
– recurrence.
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• To edit the task, press
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and then tap
on the pop-up toolbar.
• To save changes, tap OK.
2) Use the toolbar options to add a new task, edit or delete the highlighted task, set the
desired sort order or selection criteria.
EXTRAS
Calculator
ECTACO Partner® EP850 includes a standard calculator with memory features. The
screen has 9-digit display capacity.
• In the Main Menu, tap
or press 4 to open the Extras section.
• Tap the application name. Alternatively, highlight it and then press
application will open.
• To disable or enable announcements for the operations you perform, press
then tap
or
. The
and
on the pop-up toolbar, respectively.
• To hear the displayed number pronounced, press the
key.
World Time
Using your ECTACO Partner® EP850, you can view current times in cities around the
world, along with corresponding map illustrations.
• In the Main Menu, tap
or press 4 to open the Extras section.
• Tap the application name. Alternatively, highlight it and then press
application will open.
. The
• Tap the city name at the upper left of the screen to open the alphabetical list of cities.
• Tap the desired city to display its current time.
Size Equivalents
When you travel or shop internationally, refer to this application to learn about the
correlation between the clothes and shoes size systems used in different parts of the
world.
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or press 4 to open the Extras section.
• In the Main Menu, tap
• Tap the application name. Alternatively, highlight it and then press
application will open.
. The
• Tap Men's Shirts, Men's Shoes, Women's Blouses, or Women's Shoes to view the
respective section.
• To navigate to any other section from the current one, use the corresponding hyperlink.
Metric Conversion
With the help of ECTACO Partner® EP850 you can perform metric conversions.
• In the Main Menu, tap
or press 4 to open the Extras section.
• Tap the application name. Alternatively, highlight it and then press
application will open.
• To open the list of categories or units, just tap
. The
next to the corresponding item.
• Select the desired category and unit. Use the scroll bar, if necessary.
• Enter the value to be converted.
Settings
For best results and to ensure that you can fully employ all of the diverse features of your
ECTACO Partner® EP850, it is recommended that you thoroughly familiarize yourself with
the options of the Settings section. This will allow you to adjust the device configuration to
better suit your needs.
• In the Main Menu, tap
or press 4 to open the Extras section.
• Tap Settings. Alternatively, highlight it and then press
open.
. The section will then
• Tap the desired icon to the left of the main window to activate the corresponding
section.
Standard/Headset Settings
• Tap Standard to restore the default settings.
• Tap Headset to restore the settings suitable for use with a headset.
• Tap on the Master volume control to adjust the overall volume.
• Tap on the Speaker and Headphones volume controls to adjust the speaker and
headphone volumes, respectively.
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• Select the Mute check box to turn off sound, if necessary.
• Tap on the Gain control to decrease or increase microphone sensitivity.
Note: The External option is selected automatically when the headset is plugged in.
Power Options
• Tap on the Backlight Level control to adjust it.
The Power Scheme options are selected automatically depending on the detected power
supply.
Adjust the backlight and power auto-off time. This feature saves battery life by shutting
the device down or switching the backlight off after the specified period of inactivity.
• Under Backlight Off Time and Power Off Time, tap
and then select the desired one.
to see the list of available options
To restore proper touch screen functionality, or as part of an initialization procedure, the
screen might have to be recalibrated.
• Tap Calibrate.
• Follow the on-screen directions for calibration by tapping five targets, appearing one
after another as you tap them with the stylus.
When the calibration is complete, you will return to the Settings section.
Local Date and Local Time
• Under Date or Time, tap on the arrows to set a value.
• Under Time Zone, tap
to select the desired zone from the list that appears.
under Regional Settings, to see the list of available options and then select the
• Tap
locale used for numbers, time, and dates.
Interface Language and Font Size
• Tap
under Interface language to see the list of available options and then select the
desired one.
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ECTACO Partner EP850 offers you three font sizes: Small, Medium, and Large.
• Tap
2
one.
2
under Font size to see the list of available options and then select the desired
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