Anyone who has ever read Douglas Adams’ ‘A Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy’ is sure to have marvelled at the amazing ‘Babel Fish’. For those of you who don’t know, Babel was portrayed as an instrument that could translate any language to any other, merely by listening to it. While Voice Translator for iOS does not support languages of the entire galaxy, it comes pretty close. The app is capable of translating about 25 languages in voice input mode and if you are willing to enter text manually, it can translate between about 60 languages and dialects. To make the whole thing even more useful, Voice Translator speaks out the translated snippet to give you an accurate idea of each word’s pronunciation and usage. You can also share the translated text via email or SMS.
Before you starting speaking to your iPhone in hopes of getting translations for tough sentences, the app has to be configured properly first. Hit the small settings icon located in the top-right corner of the main screen to launch the app’s settings. There are separate toggles for ‘Voice to voice mode’ and ‘Text to text mode’, but you can’t use them simultaneously. It is better to decide on the mode first, since the available languages differ in both cases. Once you have selected the method, just select your primary language in the top field and the foreign one in the second field, and you’re good to go!
Now that Voice Translator is ready to start translating, go back to the home page. If you selected the text translation mode, hit the purple box and start typing the phrase or sentence you want to translate. You will have to be connected to the internet in order to make everything work, of course. Voice Translator speaks out the translation once but if you want to listen to it again, hit the small speaker icon in the options bar. As already discussed, you can share translations via texts and email messages.
For voice translation, just the hit the icon of the language that is being spoken and wait for the app to capture everything. Not only will Voice Translator speak the translation, but you will also get it in transcribed form on the screen. The source speech is converted to text as well for your convenience.
Voice Translator can be particularly useful when you are travelling to a foreign land, or for students of new languages. The app usually fetches for a measly $0.99, but for a limited time you don’t even have to spend that on this useful, universal app, and can get it for free using the link given below.