Thu, 17 May 2012 My English Translator for iOS review
Lost in translation? There's an app for that
- Manufacturer: Fakhrapps
- Manufacturer: Fakhrapps
- Pros: Useful tool, simple intuitive interface; support for 59 languages and many common phrases; built in voice for playback and pronunciation practice, cheaper than a traditional phrasebook.
- Cons: Instant translation is a little hit or miss; some more complex sentences require Internet connection; lacks a help guide.
- Min specs: iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, iOS 3.2 or later. My English Translator can translate any of the following languages: Afrikaans, Albanian, Arabic, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Basque, Belarusian, Bengali, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Esperanto, Estonian, Filipino, Finnish, French, Galician, Georgian, German, Greek, Gujarati, Haitian Creole, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Kannada, Korean, Latin, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malay, Maltese, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese, Welsh, Yiddish
- Price: 69p
- Star rating:
My English Translator for iOS devices offers a handy and helpful way to be understood both on your travels and when corresponding with non-English speakers. A simple interface lets users type a word or phrase under which the translated text is displayed. For the tongue-tied that text can also be played back using a helpful built-in voice feature, also useful for practicing pronunciation. Like predictive text, My English Translator tries to finish the translated text for you as you type, which initially gives hit or miss results, although the more you type the more likely it is to get things right. We checked translated results with online services and colleagues fluent in other languages, and were impressed by the apps consistent, reliable results.
59 different languages are currently supported, which includes the ability to translate from any of those languages to any other, extending the apps use significantly beyond English speaking users. 200 popular phrases in 10,000 variations are also available for offline use when no Internet connection is available or you want to avoid expensive data roaming costs. For everything else, My English Translator connects to an online language translation service, which works seamlessly.
Users can save translated results to a 'Favourites' section to access at any time, even when without Internet access. My English Translator also includes integrated support for popular services Facebook and Twitter, along with the ability to email and text results. The app works in both portrait and landscape modes, which the developer insists makes the results easier to read by others, such as hotel staff and taxi drivers. Although intuitive, the app currently appears to lack any built-in help guide, which would be a bonus, especially as the developers website is minimal at best.