During the old days, people always look up to the dictionary to find the meaning of a certain word. Before there were pocket-sized books, nerds used to bring huge dictionaries in universities and even offices. There were also different kinds of dictionaries for those who are not blessed with the sense of sight as well as hearing.
Thanks to the technology and innovative minds, programmer came up with an idea that would let the people use the dictionary conveniently, whether they are visually impaired or not. With the help of the computer, one can easily search for the right words and its corresponding meaning. At the same time, they can also hear how to pronounce the word the right way which they can use to improve their communication skills.
This is what they call as the talking dictionary or sometimes known as the interactive dictionary. Although it would not perform like high-end talking robots, it can still be very efficient for both disabled and normal person to learn different words efficiently. Of course, the number of words included in such software varies. Some are limited only to 100,000 words while some can even have as much as 250,000 words.
Of course, this comes with a price. For about $30 or so, you can get the full features of the interactive dictionary. But who would want to spend that much immediately for a simple program without testing it first, right? That is why programmers would allow you to try it out for a week or two. Maybe this span of time would be enough for you to determine whether this can be an efficient tool or not.
As for the feature, of course it must be very user-friendly since it is marketed for both normal people and those who do not have 20/20 vision.
But just like any other software, these talking or interactive dictionaries still have some flaws. You might find it hard to listen to some of the hard-to-pronounce words. More often than not, these programs use the aid of the speech engine from Microsoft. It is also vital that you have a loud speaker as well since it can be quite difficult to hear some of the words at the same time.
Nevertheless, this can still be an effective tool for you to since you do not have to install other software just to utilize the interactive dictionary.