iTrans­late Con­verse

Get for­eign lan­guage trans­la­tions in real time

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Free From iTrans­late, itrans­late.com Made for iPhone, Ap­ple Watch Needs iOS 10.0 or later iTrans­late has long been the best way to com­mu­ni­cate with for­eign speak­ers us­ing a smart­phone. The com­pany’s lat­est iPhone app aims for real-time con­ver­sa­tion — the holy grail of mo­bile trans­la­tion — and for the most part, iTrans­late Con­verse de­liv­ers.

The app prompts you to hold your iPhone up­side-down so you’re speak­ing di­rectly into the mi­cro­phone for more ac­cu­rate re­sults. Af­ter se­lect­ing a pair of languages from 38 avail­able op­tions, the first per­son taps and holds on the screen, speaks in their di­alect, then lifts their finger to view and lis­ten to the re­sults.

The re­sults aren’t al­ways per­fect and can oc­ca­sion­ally be com­i­cal, but this is the clos­est we’ve come to trans­lat­ing a bilin­gual con­ver­sa­tion in real time. You have to speak clearly and in short sen­tences, but the app is oth­er­wise su­per-easy to use, with a clean, min­i­mal­ist in­ter­face that doesn’t get in the way of con­ver­sa­tions. The app also re­tains tran­scripts of your trans­lated con­ver­sa­tions for ref­er­ence or shar­ing.

Nat­u­rally, there’s a price to be paid for soft­ware this in­tu­itive and clever. Though the app is free to use, that’s only good for up to 300 trans­la­tions per month — af­ter that you’ll have to sub­scribe for $4.99 per month, or $39.99 an­nu­ally. The good news is that if you al­ready pay for a sub­scrip­tion on the iTrans­late app, you aren’t dou­ble-taxed — you only have to sign in and start con­vers­ing.

the bot­tom line. Hav­ing chats with speak­ers of other languages just got a whole lot easier. J.R. Book­wal­ter Great

Free users are lim­ited to 300 trans­la­tions per month with­out a sub­scrip­tion.

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