Q: I can’t hear any audio on my iPad, iPod Touch, or iPhone!  How do I hear the audio?

Your iPad, iPod Touch, or iPhone is probably on mute.  In iOS, even if your device is on mute, you can still hear music, so its a little confusing and easy to accidentally have your device muted.  Here is how to unmute it:

1) First, adjust the volume and flip the switch on the side of your device.  This can be set to be mute/unmute, but sometimes its changed in the device settings to control orientation lock/unlock.

2) If that doesn’t unmute the audio, then you need to unmute from the multitasking menu.  Double tap the physical home button on your device, then slide the multitasking bar to the right.  There will be an audio icon on the left side of the multitasking menu that looks like an audio icon.  Tap that to unmute and you should be ready to go!

Q: How do I find the translation of an English word in Spanish?

A: From the Main Menu, select “Dictionary”. Make sure that “English” is highlighted at the bottom of the screen. Type in the first few letters of your word in the text box at the top of the screen. As you type, words that begin with the letters you’ve already typed will be displayed in the list of words below the text box. You can also browse through the list.

Q: How do I find the translation of a Spanish word in English?

A: Translating a word from Spanish to English is just like translating from English to Spanish, as shown in the previous question. The only difference is that you select the “Spanish” at the bottom of the screen.

Q: Where do I find phrases about getting directions when in the car?

A: The Situations, Reference, and Grammar Spanish phrase book sections in Spanish Anywhere contain lists of phrases organized by topic, making it easy to learn Spanish phrases. From the Main Menu, select “Situations”, then “Getting Directions”, and then “In the Car”. You will be shown a list of phrases in English and Spanish.

Q: How is this different from other electronic handheld Spanish English dictionaries or English Spanish dictionaries?

A: To begin with, Spanish Anywhere runs on your cell phone, so you will have it anywhere you bring your mobile phone. This means you don’t need to keep an extra electronic device around with you all the time. Also, Spanish Anywhere is far more than just a handheld Spanish English dictionary. It also contains a Spanish phrasebook with over 1800 useful phrases and a verb conjugator that works on over 1000 regular and irregular verbs! You can learn Spanish phrases wherever you take your cell phone.

Q: Where do I find a list of colors, for example?

A: The Situations and Reference sections also contain lists of words organized by topic. First, select “Reference”, “Basics”, and then “Colors”. This will show you a list of colors.

Q: How do I find the conjugation of a verb in Spanish or English?

A: Any time a verb is highlighted in Situations, Dictionary, Verb Conjugator, Reference, or Grammar modes, you can tap it to conjugate the verb. For example, if you typed “talk” into the English to Spanish Dictionary, then the word “talk/hablar” will be highlighted. Tap the item to open a list of tenses for the verb. Tap a tense to see the subject/verb agreement for that tense. Both Spanish and English forms will be conjugated at the same time.

Q: “Saber” and “conocer” both translate as “to know” in English. When do I use “saber” and when do I use “conocer”?

A: The Grammar section contains information about how to express possession, when to use saber/conocer (to know), and where to use ser/estar (to be).

Q: Why are some words inside {braces}?

A: Words displayed inside {braces} are explanatory text. They are not part of the translation, but help you understand the use of the word. For example, “squash” has two meanings in English (the sport and the vegetable). So, each definition includes a short description so that you can tell them apart.

Q: Why are some words inside (parenthesis)?

A: Words inside (parenthesis) are either optional or replaceable. In some phrases, the some words are replaceable. In the “Where is the (freeway)?” example, “freeway” can be replaced with other words, according to what one wants to express.

Q: What do the abbreviations in the [brackets] mean?

A: In addition to showing you words and phrases in Spanish and English, some definitions in Spanish Anywhere include additional information to show how a word is used. This extra information includes parts of speech, explanatory text, and optional/replaceable text. The following symbols are used to indicate the parts of speech

  • [m] – masculine noun
  • [f] – feminine noun
  • [mf] – noun has both masculine and feminine forms
  • [adj] – adjective
  • [adv] – adverb
  • [v] – verb

These symbols are used to describe the familiar, formal, and plural forms of the word or phrase:

  • [fam] – familiar
  • [form] – formal
  • [pl] – plural

Q: Why do some words end with ‘/a’?

A: In Spanish, some adjectives and nouns with masculine and feminine forms change their ending depending on the gender and/or quantity of the subject. For example, a male accountant is “contador” and a female accountant is “contadora.” In the dictionary, this reads “contador/a [mf]”. With some adjectives, such as “preciso/a,” “preciso” is used to describe masculine nouns and “precisa” is used for feminine
nouns.

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