It is a lot of fun to travel around the world, but not so much if you’re not familiar with the regional language. Now we can’t all afford a local guide wherever we go, but a smartphone app that plays language translator – that greatly helps. In this post, we take a look at the iOS app iTranslate Voice and check out its features and utility.
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iTranslate Voice – This Voice Translation App is Cool!
iTranslate is one of the leading translation and dictionary apps in the world. Their apps have been downloaded by over 60 million people and used actively by over 5 million people every month.
iTranslate consists of 3 core apps:
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iTranslate – It offers language translation in over 90 languages;
Converse – It turns your iPhone into a translation device; and
Voice – It lets you speak and translate in over 40 languages in real time.
Together, these apps help travelers, students, business professionals, employers and others read, write and speak in almost any language, anywhere in the world.
iTranslate’s voice app received a fresh new redesign last week, which is why we had to check it out. The aim of the redesign – to make voice translation as easy and effective as possible.
Once you download and launch the app, you go through a series of screens including a sign up page and the Pro features promo. Get past all of that and you can choose the language in which you want to speak.
At the time of writing this post, there were 42 languages, but with 3 different Chinese and Spanish versions, two different French versions and so on, the actual count is far less. Nevertheless, I believe its only a matter of time before more languages become part of this app.
Once you’ve picked out the language you want to have translated, you choose the language you want to see your translation. I picked English as my speaking language and I wanted to test out the translation in Arabic, Norwegian and Spanish.
The Home screen turns into a blank page with the respective country flag icons showing up at the bottom of the screen.
Hit the English flag icon to activate the microphone and speak away.
I noticed that speaking slowly and coherently ensured quicker translations. Talk a little fast and the app fails to catch all the words in your sentence and displays an erroneous translation. So you have to make sure you speak clearly to get the right translation.
That limitation aside, iTranslate Voice was able to translate words, phrases and sentences like a charm. One other feature that I like with Voice is Favorites. If you happen to use certain conversations frequently in your travels, you can favorite it. The next time you have need for it, simply to go to Favorites and play it out.
iTranslate Voice is free to download and try, but to get the full value of the app, you’ll need to go Pro.
The Pro version of the app offers:
- Unlimited translations
- A huge collection of common phrases used in different situations
- Ability to read, export and share past conversations.
The app offers a 7 day free trial to test the Pro features. If you like what you see, you can sign up for a 2 monthly subscription for $9.99 USD or an annual subscription for $39.99 USD. You can, of course, cancel your subscription anytime.
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In my time with iTranslate Voice, I found the app definitely worthy of a download. It is easy to use, does quick, accurate translations, offers offline support for some languages, lets you save commonly used phrases and read, export and share past conversations.
Whatever the app does, it does well. There is of course scope for much more improvement in the app. I’d like to see more language support and more content additions in the phrasebook. I also hope to see less promotional material right at launch. These Pro features can be gradually introduced once the user is familiar with the main features of the app.
In all, if you need a trusty language translator app for your travels, studies, or business, iTranslate Voice is an app you can check out to get the job done.
If you have already used iTranslate Voice, we’d love to hear what you think of the app. Please share them in the comments section below.