Remember Speak & Spell?
Texas Instruments first introduced Speak & Spell in 1976. The educational toy sold well throughout the 1980s and may be best known as helping E.T. phone home.
I find it very odd that my folks never bought me one of these nifty hand held educational toys considering they were teachers. Sure we lived at the library, played lots of fun flashcards and memory games, but damn Ma, where the hell was the Speak & Spell?
I located this awesome website that actually allows you to play Speak & Spell online to test out your spelling, which I won't lie, which continues to be somewhat of a weakness for me. Spelling Bees made me extremely nervous. Ironically I'm a writer by trade, but growing up I had to work very hard to pass spelling quizzes. Maybe if I had a Speak & Spell to practice with ... just kidding, Mom!
If you too didn't get to own this popular toy, hurry over to http://www.speaknspell.co.uk/speaknspell.html and put your grammar school spelling to the test!
Bill Cosby Speak & Spell Commercial From The Late 1970s
I wanted the speak & spell, but parents bought me the 'talking teaacher' which boasted spelling and math. I think its still in my old room. Multiplication, still not my stong suit.
YES! I totally remember this. I also had it's cousin the Little Professor for math. Do you remember that?
I SWEAR people are reading my mind lately! I was JUST thinking about how I would LOVE to find one of these at a yard sale, like I did my GeoSafari (see my most recent post for more details)!! An online version=WONDERFUL! But I would still like to find the retro version!
You better believe I went straight over to that website and spelled the hell out of "above" and "already"! Thanks for sharing that link!
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I love how the virtual S&S is a UK site. Don't they spell color with a u? I'd lose every freakin' time!
I loved my Speak and Spell!!! I had one for math too that I loved!
I LOVED the Speak and Spell! I am sadly still scarred from losing the school's 4th grade (hey 4th grade!) spelling bee by one word. Bastard vinegar...so is not spelled like it sounds!
I had one of these!!! :D
Never had one, but I know what they are! I was more into its little cousin, the one where the animals talk...
I'll admit I am a spelling geek. I've always been a decent speller. (Don't ask me about my math skills, however.) Never had one of these cool toys, but I do remember it well.
I was similarly deprived. It's amazing that we've turned out okay :)
I had one of those, and in that exact color!
We had one of these at Grandmas! And the talking calculator guy, he was older, scientisty looking. They were my favorite things to play with!
oh holy heck!!! i loved my speak and spell. maybe that's why i can do an E.T. impersonation. ;) takin' it baaaack. loved this!!!!!
This was one of my favorites!! I had that exact red one. There was a game on there that I loved to play where you had to fill in the blanks with letters to make a word! That creepy disembodied robot voice still haunts me to this day.
My cousin had a speak and spell! LOVED it. I'm sure she thought that I was gonna break it cuz I ran for it everytime I went to her house.
I know I played with a Speak & Spell but I have no idea where. I think it might have been a relic from my older cousins' childhoods. I hold the S&S for my kick ass spelling skills today.
One thing I've noted from these retro toy posts of yours is just how little of the popular toys I had. I've played with so many because of friends, but actually owning them myself... nep.
I did abuse my nephew's speak and spell. Though I think that might have been an off brand one. Speek 'N Spel, may have been cheaper, but it sure didn't help me with my spelling.
My friend Jenny had one and I was pretty jealous of her.
Oh this takes me back. I think I wanted this but not as much as I wanted Teddy Ruxpin.
I didn't need one, 'cuz I was a nerdy smarty pants (or, more likely, because I was already in high school when they came out. Ok, not quite).
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PS I suck at my own choco-quizzes too. :)
I LOVED my Speak & Spell! Except it was too easy for me. ;)
I always wanted a Speak & Spell but was never allowed one. I never got my Lite Brite or Easy Bake Oven either. *sigh*
They had Discovery Channel show toys & fads in diff decades and they ran a huge segment on this toy! They were going on about how technologically advanced it actually was for the price. I mean, I guess if it helped an extraterrestrial learn to speak it was pretty hot!
WOW after reading all those typos I wish my parents had gotten me a speak & type toy. yikes!
Dude I have a speak and spell - Colin plays with it and loves it. Also have the ET expansion shit for it
Oh my word, did I love my speak & spell. I used to make it fake talk - "R U O K?" The things that impressed me before the dawn of computers.
I had a speak n math...I wanted the spelling one, but my parents realized it would serve no purpose since I was spelling at a high school level at age 7...but stunk up the joint when it came to math
I wanted one of those sad badly! Never did get one though :-(
I had one and kept trying to spell swear words!!!
From Speak and Spell to the best calculators ever!!!! Seriously, my math teachers didn't teach math, they taught us how to use graphing calculators....
On a side note, Dane Cook does a bit on how the Speak and Spell was evil.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4NQiVR0C9Co
I understand that a lot of people hate him, but he's funny sometimes, and my wife says that Dane Cook looks just like me....
We used ours so much ours broke, and we got a 2nd one! I love, "You are incorrect! The correct spelling of ___ is ..."
OMG!! I totally had one!! I think I still have it!!
lol, my mouth just dropped to the floor when i saw this.
i remember having one..
and my cousin did too.
Still have my sister's Speak & Spell and my Speak & Math. I loved playing with them even though I was pretty terrible at both spelling and math. Still can't spell well and I have forgotten all but the most basic math.
My sister and I played this until it eroded into a gobbledygook speaking thing... Still remember @&&&'hhbjjhb that is incorrect... The correct spelling of 8))$)hu(,) is...
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