Speech-to-Speech Translation with Talk To Me
Have you ever been to a foreign country and wanted to know what a sign says? Or, have you ever needed to talk to someone in a different language? Now, with the power of Google Translate and Android TTS (text-to-speech) you can do all this and more with the app, Talk To Me.
Overall Score: 4.8/5
User Interface: 5/5
Ease of Use: 5/5
Talk To Me allows you to avoid language barriers by using a real-time speech-to-speech translator. It is extremely easy to use and provides a great deal of real-world functionality. If you’re traveling out of the country, you’ll definitely want this app in your back pocket (forget the dictionaries at home).
First and foremost, to be able to use this app, you’ll need to be running Android 1.6 or above. You’ll also need an SD-card installed. The app uses the built in Android TTS feature which you might have to download from the Android Market.
When you initially open the app, you’ll see the options for the speech-to-speech translation. At this time, you can only translate speech from English to Spanish, French, German, Italian, and English (UK). Like other apps with speech-recognition built in, just click the giant green microphone and speak. The Android TTS feature does an incredible job at recognizing exactly what you said. It will then play back the speech synthesized translation in the language you chose. Incredibly, the accents seem pretty accurate and believable.
Now, if you’d like to translate to and from more languages, you can use the “Text and speech mode” found in the Menu. There currently are 47 language choices in this mode. Unfortunately with this option, you won’t be able to use the speech feature, but you can type in anything you’d like to translate.
Another great option built into this app is the ability to send a translation via SMS and email. This is an incredibly useful and powerful feature which can be used for many purposes. Note: some symbols might not be recognizable by your recipients phone, so keep that in mind when sending a message in another language.
Additional settings allow you to change the language used by the widget, speech rate, and speech pitch. The widget is a quick way to translate your input (in English) to the language of your choice.
Overall, Talk To Me is an app that has great utility while also being extremely fun to just play around with. Use it for business or to joke around with your friends, I’m sure you’ll find plenty of uses for it. Scan or click the QR code for the direct link in the Android Market.
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