Translate Voice and Text does exactly what it says on the tin: it translates voice and text. Specifically, it’s able to translate voice and text in 36 languages:
Arabic Egypt, Arabic Saudi, Arabic (U.A.E.), Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese Cantonese, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English (Australian), English (U.K.), English (U.S.), Estonian, Finnish, French (Canadian), French (European), German, Greek, Haitian Creole, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazilian), Portuguese (European), Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish (European), Spanish (Mexican), Spanish (U.S.), Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese.
Unfortunately, my native language, Filipino, is not supported by the app. It’s a good thing I know a bit of Japanese, though. So, I’ve been able to put Translate Voice and Text to the test using my knowledge of English (U.S.) and Japanese.
And I must say that, while its interface is rather plain (and not yet optimized for iPhone 5), I’ve been really impressed with how it works.
Translate Voice and Text essentially has two modes, namely, Converse and Learn.
Converse mode lets you freely communicate with another person, who speaks a foreign language, using the app’s two virtual microphones.
You just tap your microphone, speak the words you want to be translated, and wait for the translated text to appear and be spoken by the app. Your foreign language-speaking companion does the same with his or her microphone, and voila! You already have a bilingual conversation.
For its part, the app’s Learn mode lets you learn new languages by letting you speak or write words, which the app will then translate to your chosen foreign language. It also includes a phrase book of commonly used phrases that can come in handy when you’re in a foreign country.
Translate Voice and Text is available now in the App Store for only $0.99. But you can win a copy of the app just by joining our giveaway.
To have a chance at winning one of five promo codes for Translate Voice and Text, just leave a comment below telling us what foreign language you’d like to learn and why.
Entries will be accepted until Jan. 9 at 10 a.m. PST and drawn at random to determine the winners shortly after. Note that for you to be eligible for the draw, you have to log in to Disqus with a valid email address before commenting. Good luck! Or in Japanese: Ganbatte!