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PENpal is a device that plays back audio when it touches printed books. posters, stickers giving a multisensory reading experience. Each PENpal can read over 1700 books and posters and this list is always growing as new publications are launched. The books are all in dual language, so PENpal will play back audio every time it touches a page - in English or in a choice of over 60 languages
Here are some very short videos to show you how easy PENpal is:
Switch on and off (30 secs)
Listening to a book read in two languages (4 mins)
Listen to an A3 Chart of key phrases in 26 languages (1min 30 secs)
Record your voice on labels and books (4mins)

And that is not all. PENpal comes with 4 easy to use software, FREE.
1. Would you like to sound enable any book, be it your favourite book or a prescribed text. Easy with CreateLINK.
2. Would you like to make your own high quality photobook - of family, end of year Class Books, School Rules.... And here is the difference. With PENpal you can replay voice recordings on every page! Easy with YOUcreate software.
3. You already have PENpal. Now you have bought a Mantra LIngua book with sound effects. How would you find the specific file for the book you bought. Easy with FREElink. Yes, all the files are free so take as many as you wish. Incredibly easy with FREElink software.
4. There is a method of teaching which believe that children learn best by discussing, debating, narrating, exploring in groups. It is called "Collaborative Learning" and we have a series of learning activities using this method. With the free ShareLINK software, students with English as a second language can play the games, and with PENpal they can listen to how others playing the same game adapted it into another language.
Here are some very short videos to show you how easy PENpal is:

and there are many more in our Youtube channel.

So, one PENpal has numerous ancillary products and features. How does it work? PENpal is a barcode reader, with a difference. It detects 'micro' barcodes, so small that you can hardly see them and therefore the barcodes do not ruin any artwork. The tip of the pen is a barcode reader and when a 'soundspot' with its unique barcode is detected, PENpal plays back the audio .mp3 file associated with it.

One final attribute is that PENpal is also a microphone. Unlike most microphones, PENpal saves the recordings inside its 4GB (expandable to 16GB) memory. Each recording is assigned to a specific barcode. There are over 4000 unique barcode stickers for you to record your voice into, and PENpal will playback your voice everytime you touch the sticker. To playback you do not have to go sequentially through hours of recordings. Just touch the sticker and listen immediately to the recording you made. (We sell our 'PENfriend' to the RNIB for blind people to record onto stickers - their CD collections, Kitchen foods and utensils, their clothes, even gardening tags.) The possibilities are endless!
Here is an example


1) Turn PENpal on by pressing the 'power' button for 3 seconds. Blue light comes on with an audio welcome message.
2) Touch the start arrow. (Every book has its unique number defined by the 'start arrow' printed in the cover. It is equivalent to the ISBN number.) When PENpal touches a start arrow it will know which book is being read.
3) Then touch any corner of any book and PENpal will play back the audio file. You can choose to listen in English or any other language that has been translated for that book.)
4) Since each corner is a soundspot with its unique barcode, you can also record your version of the story on that page, or practice your voice pronunciation. Everything is saved, so any time you can play back the original audio in English and other languages, AND also play back your voice version as well. A great way to learn through Oracy!

There are so many types of publications. Dictionaries with audio in multiple languages, subject terms like English, Chemistry, etc are not just defined in another language but explained, with examples. People all over the world are discovering what PENpal has to offer: across the UK, the USA, Europe, and Canada over 50,000 units have been sold! To see what has them so excited, visit our video gallery for a demonstration, or experience the magic of PENpal for yourself using the digital version of Three Billy Goats Gruff (English and Polish) below - touch English and then the corner of the page to hear the text narrated in English, then select Polish and touch the same spot to hear the narration in Polish.

PENpal is a flexible and portable device with great potential for both classroom and personal use. For mainstream teachers, it represents an excellent tool for group work and a fun way for pupils to add contextual detail and notes to printed materials, and outside of the education environment it can be both fascinating and comforting for a young child to hear stories and information in their own voice, or that of a friend or relative. It also has additional applications for individuals with special educational needs - see here for more information. People all over the world are discovering what PENpal has to offer: across the UK, the USA, Europe, and Canada over 40,000 units have been sold! To see what has them so excited, visit our video gallery for a demonstration.

  • 4GB of memory, extendable to 16GB
  • Rechargeable AAA batteries, charged in situ through the USB port
  • Washable silicone sleeve for user comfort and protection from impact
  • 100 recordable labels included
  • USB cable included
  • Additional SD cards, USB cables, silicone sleeves, and headphones for use with PENpal are available for purchase, the latter two in a range of colours.
  • Free software included: