Just slightly larger than a deck of cards, Franklin Electronic Publishers’ Speaking Global Translator is almost as essential as your passport when you travel abroad. It can help you to order sushi or say “I love you” in 12 language!

This Franklin’s top-of-the-line 12-language Speaking Global Translator contains 450,000 words and 12,000 phrases. Instead of using a synthesizer to speak typed words, this palm size device uses a real human voice. It speaks English, Chinese (Mandarin), Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

Users can enter the search words directly using a tiny Qwerty-style keyboard that slides open below the liquid crystal display screen, or use hierarchical menus to choose up to 12,000 comman phrases, such as “How are you?”. Besides helping you to overcome language problem, this electronic device also comes with an MP3 Player, an alarm clock for multiple time zones, a voice recorder, an organizer, a calculator, a currency/metric converter, a lottery-number generator and of course some games for you to play during your travels.

Selling at US$230, Franklin Speaking Global Translator also assists you to improve your pronunciation with a new language. The voice recorder can record your voice and compared your voice with a native pronunciation of a word.

This device is quite helpful and easy to carry if you are traveling. Find out more from Franklin.