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Do you have an iPhone?


Right, so I've confessed to being a bit behind the times with Twitter (but as of today I am following 50 people and organizations!!), and I do not own a smart phone.

I am really curious about the translation apps that are available for iPhone but, of course, I'm not ready to go out and buy one just to test them out. I'm curious if any of you have used these apps, and what you think of them.

This article http://www.geekosystem.com/vocre-translator-app/(external link) talks about a new iPhone app called Vocre (pronounced Vo-Cray) that allows users to have conversations, even if they do not speak the same language. I've heard of apps like this before, I've also seen one where you hold the camera up to a foreign-language sign and the text is translated on the screen.

As for Vocre, their promotional video, which is at the bottom of the article, is cheesy as anything, and clearly the francophone is not really a francophone. However, the functions that they say are still to come seem very impressive. It's the interpreter's equivalent of Google translate! Why pay an interpreter... or, for that matter, why learn another language!? Are interpreters and language teachers out of work?

I'm really curious to know what you guys think of this, apparently you can try it free, but it's only available in the US app store. (Does this mean Canadians cannot use it yet? I don't know.)

Here's a link to another article, plus a video of Vocre in action. http://techcrunch.com/2011/09/13/vocre-lets-you-instantly-converse-in-foreign-languages/(external link)

 
Based on the demo in this presentation, while impressive, the most obvious drawback is that using this app would lead to the most awkward conversation ever. The pause between statements leads to a very unnatural rhythm, and I can't imagine you'd ever have a "normal" conversation with someone using this app.

Please, someone go try this out for me!



I have an iPhone and a lot of dictionaries on it, reference and utility tools including conversions, Evernote, Adobe reader, Dropbox, Quick Office, I even have Antidote on it. I must have thirty six dictionaries, most free but a few bought ones. I don't use them as much as I thought I would because there is usually a computer nearby and it's more satisfying. I found I used the iPhone apps more when I was in school.

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