Soldiers use iPods as language learning tool

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iPod is becoming a new tool for soldiers of Iraq. They are using iPods with Vcommunicator Mobile to translate Arabic into English.

The software of the iPod contains a few hundred words and phrases. It organizes everything into various situations that a soldier in Iraq may face, including vehicle checkpoints, medical triage, and many others. The software then displays useful phrases, offers the phonetic spelling, and Arabic script for those phrases. If soldiers want to try to speak it, they can use the phonetic spelling and the help of a handy animation of gestures associated with the phrase to get the meaning across. The software can also speak the phrase through an attached speaker. Soldiers can also add their own phrases and can upload maps or other useful images. It runs on several different types of iPod.

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