“The limits of my language are the limits of my world” said philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein. And so it was, until Google introduced the Google Translate App for iPhone. The app, linked to Google’s infinitely powerful mainframe computers, translates to and from over 50 languages. But that’s not all: it can translate 15 languages just by listening to them being spoken.
Speak to translate
The app has a speech-to-translate function that accepts voice input from 15 languages. Simply click the microphone button and say what you want to translate. Or, hold it up to a confusing foreigner and learn what it is they’re actually talking about.
Type to translate
The app also includes the standard type-to-translate function, found on the Internet for years. The service does over 50 languages, from anything as remote as traditional Chinese to Estonian.
For the languages that don’t use the Roman alphabet, the app will provide a romanisation underneath, so users can see how it is read aloud.
Listen to translation
If you want to communicate in a foreign language, there’s the option to listen back to your translation. Simply type in your phrase and it’ll be translated that into one of 23 languages. Then push the play button to hear a digital version of your comment in your chosen language.
Not only is this great communication, but it serves the excellent learning tool teaching yourself another language at home.
Thanks, Google Translate – the world just got a little bit smaller.