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New Translation App Speaks Local Languages

Although cheap airplane tickets or cheap vacation packages are a great way to travel overseas, travelers unable to speak the local language at their foreign destination are often frustrated when trying to communicate.

A new iPhone app called Vocre has been released by translation company myLanguage which empowers users to translate spoken words into foreign languages.

It uses something called “crowd-sourcing” to constantly improve the accuracy of its translations, allowing people to express themselves in the same manner as locals.

It allows users to speak using colloquialisms and slang popular at their destinations as opposed to expressing yourself in a manner suggested by a dictionary.

The iPhone accelerometer is used by the app as the source of input meaning that users do not have to type in what they say.  Users simply hold the phone in one direction to record their voices and then reverse it to make it talk in the translated language.

myLanguage has invented a new type of translation technology that learns every time a translation is done.  Instead of focusing on the proper way to say things it is focused on the intended meaning of words, claiming that people will know if a user is trying to say something funny.

This technology has been lauded by many, but the app has received criticism for its ease of use and pricing.  Shortly, an update version will be introduced that will make the app more intuitive to use along with a new pricing subscription based model.

This app supports nine languages including three dialects of English, Chinese, French, German, Italian, JapaneseArticle Search, and Spanish.  Plans call for ten additional languages to be added.

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