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.
Computer: iPad or iPhone
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.
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.