Penpal, the talking pen
These are some instructions and reading tips on books that work with Penpal, the talking pen.
The Penpal is an electronic device that can be used to read Penpal adapted books in different languages. At the library we have books you can use with Penpal. The most common are the bilingual Penpal adapted books, where the book is written in two languages. However, the pen can read the book in more languages than the one the book is written in. This is a fun and useful aid in language education for example. A list of Penpal adapted books can be found at the end of this article.
How to read a book with Penpal
If the audio files for your book do not already exist on the pen you can download the audio files. You can download the free program "Freelink" and the audio files from Mantra lingua's website.
When the audio files are downloaded to the Penpal you start it by holding the start button until you hear the startphrase. On the inside of the front cover of the book you can find these symbols:
To begin reading the book you touch the arrow-shaped field (Start) with the tip of the pen. You will now hear the title of the book. To choose which of the pre-recorded languages that you want to hear touch one of the circles.
When there are more than two pre-recorded languages to choose from you may have to go to the start arrow (Start) again and then language (språk) again, repeatedly, until you can hear the language that you want to listen to.
After choosing language you listen to the book by touching the top most corners of the pages.
For fun and as a reading aid
You can use the Penpal to listen to books without listening to the other languages, both for fun and as a reading aid. The pen can be used as an aid for visual impairment and dyslexia for example. Because the pen is also an mp3 player, a scanner and a microphone you can make your own sound recording and create your own book among other things.
Här är instruktioner och tips på böcker som fungerar med Penpal, den talande pennan.
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