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Talking Dictionary for Windows

By RWF Talking SoftwareTrial versionUser Rating

Key Details of Talking Dictionary

  • Learn and improve your English vocabulary by listening to spoken words.
  • Last updated on 1/14/2019
  • There have been 3 updates
  • Virus scan status:

    Clean (it's extremely likely that this software program is clean)

Editors' Review

Download.com staff
We applaud the idea behind this text-to-speech lexicon for the visually impaired. We just wish it were a bit more polished. Talking Dictionary combines the free Wordnet thesaurus with the free Microsoft speech engine. Unfortunately, the Microsoft speech engine stumbles over difficult words, and even at its best can be hard to understand. The interface is admirably simple, though. You type a word to call up its definition, and then use function keys to navigate within the entry. Unfortunately, the program settings can t be accessed this way. Moreover, Talking Dictionary doesn't even display the help file, let alone read it out loud. We also thought the trial version's five-letter limit on entries was too restrictive. And $28.88 is pretty steep for such a modest program, especially one built out of free parts. Talking Dictionary works adequately, but it's not an ideal companion for the visually impaired.

What's new in version 12.8.0

Version 12.8.0 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.

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Full Specifications

July 15, 2014
Latest update
January 14, 2019
Operating System
Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows 7, Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 2003, Windows Vista, Windows ME, Windows XP
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Developer's Description

Learn and improve your English vocabulary by listening to spoken words.

Talking Dictionary is a speech enabled 250,000 word English dictionary and thesaurus. Like all the talking software products on this site, Talking Dictionary has been designed for use by the non sighted person. All of the controls are easily remembered keyboard shortcuts and it is a very fast and easy program to use. Talking Dictionary is designed to be used as a stand alone program. What this means is that you do not need any kind of screen reading software or anything else to use this program.