Speak & Translate is an indispensable voice and text translator that allows to communicate effectively in any corner of the globe.

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When I was a kid I would spend my time skateboarding to the library where I would get books on different languages. I did this because as a child I always wanted to learn how to talk with others outside of the English language.

Back in the day when I used to do this computers were the farthest thing from my mind and even if I was into computers then there was no software available to do what I wanted in the 80’s early 90’s. Now with technology so much more advanced and Apple’s iOS, the learning experiences have become so much better then the old ratty books I used to try to learn from. One of my favorite app developers, Apalon, has put out a great update to their Speak & Translate for iOS. With over 100 languages you can easily pull up the language you want to translate and simply just speak. Within a few seconds, you have what you need to say in any of the 100 languages they offer.

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One of the many features that I am excited about with this app is the inclusion of a Today Widget. I really love having my most important apps and functions available through Today and this is a great idea for this app. Imagine you are in a foreign country and trying to find your way to your hotel. You don’t want to fumble through a translation dictionary or waste precious time thumbing through apps to find the right one. With the widget for Speak & Translate, you can pull down the Today screen and simple speak what you want to say to receive the translation. It’s a wonderful add-on.

Some of the features of Speak & Translate include:

  • Advanced voice recognition technology
  • Dictate what you need to translate or type the text
  • Let the app speak the translation or read it on your screen
  • Useful widget that saves translations and serves as an offline phrase-book
  • Handoff option to switch translation from your iPhone to your iPad (or vice versa).
  • iCloud integration: the history of your translations is synchronized across all your Apple devices
  • Handy sharing options
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Speech to speech translations are supported between the following languages:
Arabic, Catalan, Chinese (Cantonese), Chinese (Mandarin), Chinese (Taiwan), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch (The Netherlands), English (Australian), English (Canada), English (India), English (UK), English (US), Finnish, French, French (Canada), German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Moldavian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Portuguese (Brazil), Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Spanish (Mexican), Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese.

Text to text translations are supported between the following languages:
Afrikaans, Albanian, Arabic, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Basque, Belarusian, Bengali, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Cebuano, Chichewa, Chinese (Cantonese), Chinese (Mandarin), Chinese (Taiwan), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch (The Netherlands), English (Australian), English (Canada), English (India), English (UK), English (US), Esperanto, Estonian, Filipino, Finnish, French, French (Canada), Galician, Georgian, German, Greek, Gujarati, Haitian Creole, Hausa, Hebrew, Hindi, Hmong, Hungarian, Icelandic, Igbo, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Javanese, Kannada, Kazakh, Khmer, Korean, Lao, Latin, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malagasy, Malay, Malayalam, Maltese, Maori, Marathi, Moldavian, Mongolian, Myanmar (Burmese), Nepali, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Portuguese (Brazil), Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Sesotho, Sinhala, Slovak, Slovenian, Somali, Spanish, Spanish (Mexican), Sundanese, Swahili, Swedish, Tajik, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Uzbek, Vietnamese, Welsh, Yiddish, Yoruba, Zulu.

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Today, Apalon’s Speak & Translate was featured in iTunes. It’s currently on sale for $9.99 with the regular price being $14.99. I highly recommend this to anyone who travels internationally or for those who, like me, just want to learn to speak other languages.

To find out more visit Apalon, or download via the iTunes link below.

Apalon

Apalon

Apalon

Apalon

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