Translate languages with an app

Rob Clymo
9 September, 2011
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If you travel to different countries for holidays or work, or are simply fascinated by languages, then the MyTranslator Pro app ($5.49) is a great complement to traditional learning tools. It’s a personal assistant that can translate any text or idiomatic expression into any one of 52 different languages.

Features include instant real-time conversion and the ability to hear a native speaker pronounce words, while a built-in phrasebook houses a collection of the most commonly used expressions. Translations can also be sent via SMS, email or posted on Facebook via a wonderfully simple interface. Learning a new language is now quicker and easier than ever.

Vital Info

Computer: iPad or iPhone
Difficulty: Beginner
Time required: 30 minutes

What you need

MyTranslatorPro app (69p)
iOS 3.2 or later


1. Pick a language

Use your finger to scroll through a list of 52 languages, ranging from Afrikaans to Yiddish and all points in-between.

2. Hear me out

Tap the handy little loudspeaker icon to hear the translated phrase delivered in spoken form by a native speaker.

3. MyBook

Store popular or regularly needed phrases inside the ‘Bookmarks’ area of the interface under a common theme such as ‘Travel’.

4. Keep a history

The ‘Favourites’ tab allows you to keep a history of translations, which can be deleted by tapping the ‘Edit’ button.

5. Share your photos

Use the toolbar to share phrases on Facebook, via email or by way of an SMS to a mobile phone.

6. Easy email

The app opens your email and places the phrase in a message for sending to the recipient of your choice.

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