Toys of the Eighties, Speak `N Spell
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A computerized voice says words aloud and you try to spell them on the alphabetically arranged keyboard.
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Isatu - March 25, 2007 - Report this comment
I had one that was called Speak'n' Math. It was like the Speak 'n' Spell, it was just a gray one. It got lost over the years.
Tosha - June 02, 2007 - Report this comment
This game had me spelling words like "scissors" when I was only 3 years old.. Once I got to school, I always won all my classroom spelling bees and I beat the whole school twice.
Amanda - June 04, 2007 - Report this comment
I never had one, but after watching E.T. I always wanted one!
laurie - July 01, 2007 - Report this comment
This thing taught me the difference between aisle & isle. I'll never go down the "isle" in a store again.
lc - July 10, 2007 - Report this comment
all i remember is spell a n g e l
Loretta - July 15, 2007 - Report this comment
I had both the Speak-n-Spell and Speak-n-Math and I loved them!! The computerized voice was so advanced at the time. Oh how I wish I could find these for my nieces and nephews.
Elsje - July 25, 2007 - Report this comment
I had this and the Speak-n-Math too! They were the best! I think they had a lot of special cartridges? That's what I didn't have..
DaShon - August 06, 2007 - Report this comment
I had a Speak-n-Spell too! I had won the classroom spelling bee, and was the only 4th grader left in the school-wide competition. I went against two 5th graders and ended up in 3rd place (by getting nervous and misspelling the easy word "rely"). But I was the best speller in the 4th grade!
80s4eva - August 14, 2007 - Report this comment
I remembered spelling my first word on it and was hooked instantly!
Kelly - August 30, 2007 - Report this comment
I had the spelling and math ones. Since I can't add to save my life, I think the math one failed me. I'm a good speller, though. LOL
krikit96 - September 01, 2007 - Report this comment
OMIGOD!!! That computerized voice: "Press the letters I say in reverse order" WOW! This just took me back there! I guess I never realized it but I've always been a great speller...I guess it was because of the speak and spell..mines wasn't like the one in the picture though, it was smaller and didn't have the huge black screen...
Charlie - September 13, 2007 - Report this comment
Laurie, that is too funny about aisle and isle. Do you remember how it would say "isle meaning island"???
Charlie - September 13, 2007 - Report this comment
And my favorite game on there was the "say it" one. It would a word on the screen and say "say it", then whatever that word was. It would do this ten times and then after the last word it would say "spell" one of the words it picked from the 10 at random and then keep doing that until you spelled all 10.
Akilah - September 14, 2007 - Report this comment
Who didnt have one of these????
Natalie - October 04, 2007 - Report this comment
I am 28 year old from uk and I want Speak'n'Spell :D
fawnya - October 07, 2007 - Report this comment
LOVED MINE--I was reading at like 3....I liked when the little robot voice said "very good" or "try again"...we used to try and type in bad words and have it repeat it - and then laugh...naughty kids ;}
lena - November 14, 2007 - Report this comment
I didn't have one, akila! But I lived with out it. :)
A.E. - January 08, 2008 - Report this comment
I want one.
80skid - February 10, 2008 - Report this comment
This is why I won a lot of spelling bees. Thank you speak n spell!!
SHARI - February 16, 2008 - Report this comment
OMG!! I completely FORGOT about this one!! TOOOO FUNNY!
Kwanita - May 13, 2008 - Report this comment
Man, I remember this. My cousin had it. I would play with it everytime I when over her house. I will have to show her this website. She would not believe I found this.
Maura - June 04, 2008 - Report this comment
We used to always type in swear words. hahahaha
Marky D. - June 04, 2008 - Report this comment
I remember in like the 2nd or 3rd grade some kids would take them to school with them. I would get so jealous cause i never had one. I still remember that voice that came out of it, like it was yesterday.
mimi - June 25, 2008 - Report this comment
glad to see i wasn't the only one trying to spell the bad words lol loved this toy
Leslie - July 09, 2008 - Report this comment
Every time I listen to Benny Benassi's Hypnotica CD I am reminded of this toy. I had the math one, but when I played friend's spelling one I also typed in the naughty words. Too funny!
R.A. - July 13, 2008 - Report this comment
Why did they stop making this?? I played with mine on all of our road trips and became a remarkable speller-won regional. I would love to have one for my son.
A Bills child of the 80's - July 15, 2008 - Report this comment
My sisters and I had bright red ones, I agree with "R.A." I wish they still made these just the way they did 20+ years ago kidz would so benefit from this simple electronic device. Hooray for Texas Instruments...they made a lot of good electronics in the 80's!!!!
Susanna - July 22, 2008 - Report this comment
I always wanted 1 of these but my Mum and Dad couldn't afford it,the only time i played on 1 was when i went roun a fiends house for tea.
Danielle - August 13, 2008 - Report this comment
Oh, I loved my Speak N Spell, what a fantastic thing. It was right up there with my Casio piano. And that computerized voice. After reading these comments, I remember the swear words, though I only knew one, and the repeat button so it would repeat your bad word over and over.
katrina - August 20, 2008 - Report this comment
i HAVE a speak and spell right here... mine from back inthe day... highest bid wins... kcouch32 at comcast dot net
Angi - September 03, 2008 - Report this comment
I vividly remember when it said "That is incorrect the correct spelling is..."
Marie - September 05, 2008 - Report this comment
I thought there was a way to put in letters and it would say the word. Does anyone know how to do that.
Jenny - September 25, 2008 - Report this comment
I would play this for hours!! When people ask how I'm such a good speller, I say two things: Reading a lot and SPEAK N' SPELL!!! I still have mine!
Crista - October 10, 2008 - Report this comment
I loved my Speak N Spell and I loved the computer voice. Sometime my cousin and I would put in bad words, it was so funny! Can you find one of these today!
erin e - October 15, 2008 - Report this comment
i loved this machine, and i loved playing the mystery word game, but i also remember getting really anxious if i was taking too many wrong guesses because the robot voice would go "I WIN!" very menacingly!!
Valerie - October 23, 2008 - Report this comment
What I remember most about this was one year my grandmother bought it for my cousin for Christmas...the funny thing was he was like 15!!!
Starr - November 05, 2008 - Report this comment
I had all 3, Speak & Spell, Speak & Read and Speak & Math. I loved them!! I wish they still made them in the same simple way (compared to today's standards), so that I could get one of each for my niece. I think about this every so often. I'm going to have to do some more research to try to find one and contact TI to tell them they should make them again!!
Emily - November 08, 2008 - Report this comment
I had this and the computerized voice haunts me to this day!
val - November 19, 2008 - Report this comment
That was the best toy for spelling. I wish they still had it. Simple is better.
Sashja2413 - November 26, 2008 - Report this comment
I still have mine Speak n Spell(Red), Speak n Read(Yellow) and Speak n Math (Grey) they all taught me to spell/read/do math really young... The one word that stuck with me was "SCHEDULE" I could never spell it right but then i was only 4yrs old but after i mastered it i thought i was the Champion of all words.. I still have all mine in great condition! The best learning tools of the 80's! Kudo's to Texas Instrument....
Rene - November 30, 2008 - Report this comment
Wow, i still remember the voice, i won many spelling bee contests in school. great.
Chicken mama - December 01, 2008 - Report this comment
Yeah baby...Go PUMPER
Natalie - December 10, 2008 - Report this comment
Ah speak and spell memories. I know how to spell angel because of it. The computer voice..was very computery lol. I used to get in trouble for trying to spell bad words on big brother used to tell on me and get me in trouble.
Margot - December 11, 2008 - Report this comment
I loved this thing! I just found a few for sale on ebay for all of you who want these for your kids... And if you listen to the All India Radio song "Echo Other" you'll hear that oh so familiar voice in the background at the end.
Sylvia - December 18, 2008 - Report this comment
Hello. I Love this game. I have a child now and I wish they had these available for kids so I can get one for my son. I had both the speak n spell and the speak n math games. They both were very beneficial and I loved to play them both.
MATT - January 14, 2009 - Report this comment
court - January 17, 2009 - Report this comment
i had speak and spell and speak and math. aw. i miss them.
jen - February 05, 2009 - Report this comment
speak and spell? more like speak like the devil! -dane cook i had one of these and hes exactly right, the voice is kind of demonic!! hahaha
jt - February 26, 2009 - Report this comment
emily forgot one ... speak and music! i go retro toys for my son and got this one for him, and plan on soon to get your three for as he gets older. The Rave kids get these things and "warp" them now with extra knobs and use them with synthesizers. awesome toys!
A E I O U!! - March 27, 2009 - Report this comment
The Speak & Spell is EVIL!! Mine told me to spell "Nazi"! And the voice sounds possessed
Jenny - April 05, 2009 - Report this comment
Carrie BentonT - June 05, 2009 - Report this comment
Speak and Spell was AWESOME!! I was always and still am an amazing speller, with much thanks to this Texas Instrument educational toy. I LOVED to play with it and yes I remember the THAT IS CORRECT haha. Really a great idea. They should reintroduce it all vamped up!
palmer - July 04, 2009 - Report this comment
My kids loved them! Now the grandkids want to use them. Does anyone have directions? I want to use the Speak & Math in my classroom as well.
Jennifer - July 09, 2009 - Report this comment
I just found a "Speak and Math" at GoodWill today. Problem is.. it has major static problems. We have an adapter for it. It seems the more we push buttons, and give it a good old fashioned smack in the back its improving! Any one else have this problem???
Toya - August 28, 2009 - Report this comment
I'm 26 and my mom/dad bought me this toy in either '85 or '86. I loved it to no end and it is probably partly responsible for my being advanced in reading and writing (according to those standardized school tests). I also participated in several spelling bees and went to nationals in third grade. I still have my speak and spell along with most of my childhood toys and it still works. Every now and then I put batteries in and play with it when I'm feeling nostalgic. This is a great toy and they should definately put it back in production. I know they have leap frog and all of that now but the speak and spell was and still is know. Nothing can beat the voice....Say It!!
jennifer - September 03, 2009 - Report this comment
man i have whole set of these. speek an math , read na spell. plus a t ravel speek and spell and a speek and spell with little round buttons like the one on et and they work great.
Lauren - October 14, 2009 - Report this comment
I LOVED my Speak n Spell! I remember staying up late at night "behind" my parent's back (so it was probably 8pm, and they could hear the machine) playing with it! They knew it was doing me well, so they didn't make a fuss. I'm looking ALL over for one for my son! He's 4.5 and I'm pretty sure I got mine around that age! I think I'm going to write TI. These modern kids "laptops" are too confusing. My only complaint is that when I went to learn to type, I was irritated that the letters weren't on the keyboard they way they were on the Speak and Spell!
Semone - November 08, 2009 - Report this comment
OMG!!!!!!!!! I freakin loved this toy!! I remember my sister had a blue and when I wanted on my parents bought the red one. I played with it non-stop! I swear, that every spelling bee I entered, I won. I did find it in my old room but I dont know where it is now! I really want my to back! I may be 27 but I really want my toy back. Plus my 2yr old can benifit from it (see I cant spell no more) I need to buy on ASAP!! and exactly why did they stop making these?
T - November 10, 2009 - Report this comment
I always wanted one SOOOOOOOOOOO badly!!!! They were way too expensive for my family to buy. We had one in my classroom in school in the second grade, and I couldn't wait to use it every time we were allowed!
lady kush - December 23, 2009 - Report this comment
remember hang
JULIE - December 24, 2009 - Report this comment
Keely MacMahon (UK) - January 18, 2010 - Report this comment
I loved my speak & spell! I wish i could one for my kids.
Cionn - January 25, 2010 - Report this comment
OMG!!!! My sister and I had the Speak `N Spells, Speak N' Reads, and the Speak N' Maths. They're put up somewhere in my parent's house. CLASSIC. I used to spell cuss words on mine. It would say WRONG. TRY AGAIN.
Heather - February 13, 2010 - Report this comment
I remember one Christmas this was all I wanted. My dad bought it for me, I spent hours and hours playing on my speak 'n' spell... Great memories. ;-]
Mitch Carr - February 27, 2010 - Report this comment
I was the original Voice of Speak and Spell. The work was done at the S/C building at Texas Instruments in Dallas. I am still doing radio and VO work in Dallas (as of Feb. 2010 posting)
S.E.T.H - March 13, 2010 - Report this comment
I just bought a used Speak & Spell tonight from someone off of craigslist. It's just awesome I tell ya just awesome!
Jacquie - March 27, 2010 - Report this comment
I still have mine. It was a childhood highlight! It had such a strong American computer accent. The way it asked you to spell "leisure", as if it rhymed with 'seizure', always amused me. My family still quotes it sometimes. And I say to Mitch, if you really were the voice- totally loved ya!
Michael - April 02, 2010 - Report this comment
I can still remember good old Speak & Spell saying "spell squat" for some reason my brother and I would laugh every time he said that word. Ah the gold old days.
Sam - April 08, 2010 - Report this comment
In my mono-tone computer voice... "Banana"... Good times
Jennifer - April 17, 2010 - Report this comment
the only thing is its so hard to understand the words the thing is saying., thank god for the repeat button. anyone have speak and math or speak and read as well?
Elle - April 22, 2010 - Report this comment
I LOVED THIS! LMAO, I would spell curse words on it as well. I total forgot about the "Wrong, try again"
Michelle - June 17, 2010 - Report this comment
Just got Speak & Spell at a garage sale and then the whole set from someone off Craigslist yesterday. Now I have two Speak & Spells but I have 3 kids so they'll get used!! I had all three when I was a kid...can't get any better than the classics!
Robyn - July 20, 2010 - Report this comment
I had the E.T. cartridge and LOVED it... I am looking for another one online and want that cartridge. I think I was the only kid in class who knew how to spell lobotomy, lol
kita - August 27, 2010 - Report this comment
i still have both of my speak n spell . an speak in math . my three your old son loves playing with it now.
Bob - October 06, 2010 - Report this comment
Awww... I remember being like 5 or 6 and writing 3 word love letters to my "girlfriend" on this thing, then she'd write back... Sigh... I should have nailed her when I had the chance. Once she hit 3rd grade, she really let herself go. =(
lottie - October 29, 2010 - Report this comment
I always wanted one my big sister got a red one so not fair!!! But i did get a blue one about five years after my sister lol :)
Rebekah - November 09, 2010 - Report this comment
I can still hear the computerized voice saying "shovel"-I really liked that toy...the math one, not so much!
Vinnie - November 14, 2010 - Report this comment
I can still remember being a kid and playing with the Speak n Spell for days and the funniest memory was when the batteries were dying and it would say spell "eflagloo" and no matter how many different spellings it was always "that is incorrect" hahahaha
Already a Mom - November 24, 2010 - Report this comment
I still have mine. I spent hours trying to spell "wermah" and after a whole Thanksgiving trapped at an uptight relatives house, I finally figured out Speak'n'Spell wanted me to spell workman... whatever that is.
Steph - November 28, 2010 - Report this comment
Oh my God! I loved my Speak and Spell. Its in the loft but If I remember rightly, its plastered with brown tape over the battery bit. Im 32 yrs old and was always the best at spelling in school. I probably wore the keys out with the amount I used it.It really did help u to spell and the voice was very clear. Trying to buy one on ebay for my kids,and me,lol.
Jason - December 02, 2010 - Report this comment
One of the greatest things since sliced bread
renee - April 03, 2011 - Report this comment
i had a speak-n-spell and speak-n-math don't know what happened to the math one but my neices still play with the speak-n-spell as did my son when he was younger....what great memories =D
tamham - July 28, 2011 - Report this comment
i just found both of mine in storage!!! i wanna know the value now...but can't let go of them, they are too precious!!!
mb - August 25, 2011 - Report this comment
have a speak n spell in box with directions and all the programs and books came with. High price gets it all.
NORM - October 01, 2011 - Report this comment
I have a Brand New Speak & Spell, still in its Box & never used. When all the Net & Satellites fall & people can`t write more than LOL or LMAO, then maybe they`ll need this to learn words :-/
davina - November 10, 2011 - Report this comment
i am trying to buy a speak n spell for my 3 year old. Can't find 1 anywhere. Any ideas?
Rosemary - December 16, 2011 - Report this comment
Davina, the only place you can find speak and spell is on ebay and I am bidding on one and also a speak and read
Lee - November 21, 2012 - Report this comment
I have a speak and spell thats in mint condition that works, still love to play with it
Emmy - January 22, 2013 - Report this comment
Is the computer voice from Limp Bizkit "Behind Blue Eyes" ?I heard it today and it gave me a weird 80s flashback. Lol
David - March 20, 2014 - Report this comment
I remember having Speak & Spell along with Speak & Read (the yellow one), but my parents never got me the Speak & Math. I miss those days and, if Texas Instruments would bring these back in production, I would like to have all three of them for Christmas or my birthday. The ones I had before don't work anymore and I don't even know what happened to them. I haven't seen either one in years. I miss those days. :(
Priscilla - April 01, 2014 - Report this comment
This helped with my phonics when I was in Kindergarten
Mitch Carr - October 04, 2014 - Report this comment
I was the original voice of Speak and Spell. It is very interesting to meet people in their 30's who had one as a chilf
Addyson - February 09, 2015 - Report this comment
I want one
Valerie - February 15, 2015 - Report this comment
I bought the Speak and Maths plus cartridges for my children many years ago and still have it. I have for some time thought about selling it.
kenny - March 20, 2015 - Report this comment
have got a minter i will take £50 for it collection only email me thank you
AS - May 08, 2015 - Report this comment
Anyone with a brand new, must be brand new. speak and math?
Isac - September 11, 2015 - Report this comment
What I've noticed with Speak & Read and Speak & Math is that when the battery runs low, the pitch increases and every once in a while you hear white noise during the pauses. Very annoying.
Jennifer - January 22, 2017 - Report this comment
Valerie--I have been searching everywhere for the additional cartridges for the Speak & Math--please email me if you would want to sell them. Thanks! Mitch--do you happen to know where you can purchase the additional cartridges for the Speak & Math? Thank you
Domino Polo - June 12, 2020 - Report this comment
They brought these back, only it's not like you remember. It has a bigger vacuum fluorescent display and a different voice.

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