Language acquisition aide

  • US 6,704,699 B2
  • Filed: 09/06/2001
  • Issued: 03/09/2004
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/05/2000
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A stand-alone, hand-held apparatus, which includes:

  • a sheath, having a proximal end with respect to a portion of text in a first language;

    a scanner, located within said sheath, near said proximal end, arranged for scanning the portion of text, in the first language, wherein the portion of text is selected from the group consisting of al least one clause, at least one sentence, and at least two sentences;

    a computerized system, located within said sheath, in communication with said scanner, arranged for performing;

    i. an OCR conversion of the scanned text, in the first language; and

    ii. an automatic translation to a second language, of the scanned text; and

    at least one output system, in communication with said computerized system, for providing a translation in-context to a fragment of the portion of text, wherein the fragment is selected from the group consisting of a word and a phrase, and wherein said translation in-context to the fragment is based on said automatic translation.

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