If you live in China, you’ve no doubt already come across the joys and perils of English-Chinese voice translators. It seems every Chinese person and their pet Pekingnese has one these days, but most work poorly at best. While Google Translate serves the majority of expat needs, especially now it’s available without a VPN, its voice translator is still pretty embarrassing. Here are four voice translation apps that aren’t so much.
After long playing second fiddle to Google Translate, Microsoft Translator has now come into its own thanks to its superior voice translator services. Its real-time conversation mode makes it easier to have more natural-sounding convos with people in Chinese (and other languages), and it’s accuracy and efficiency are second to none. You can even have a conversation with several people using different languages, all at the same time. The app also offers the usual text and text-to-voice translations as well as a phrasebook and pronunciation guide. Handy for if you’re traveling, you can also download languages to translate offline later.
Price: FREE in the App Store, Windows Store, Amazon Apps and Google Play.
iTranslate offers great voice-to-voice real-time translations between Chinese and English for both i0s and Android devices. Not all of the 44 languages and dialects it offers have full capabilities, but luckily for us, Mandarin does. This also gives you text-to-speech translations, a personalized phrasebook and iPhone-iPhone translations. The latter means that if you’re talking to someone on another iPhone, you’ll hear what they say in Chinese and they’ll hear what you say in English. Pretty magic!
Price: USD6.99 (around RMB 480) in Google Play and App store.
SayHi (and the one below it) is only available for iPhones, so stop reading now if you use any other device. The app boasts a refreshingly simple interface and claims 95% accuracy for voice recognition. You can also set the speed and pick between male and female voices for your desired translation. If you’re a gruff British guy but fancy being a slow-talking sultry Chinese woman, therefore, that dream can totally come true. This app isn’t ideal for traveling abroad, however, because an internet connection is required.
Price: FREE in the App Store.
Speak & Translate
As the name suggests, Speak & Translate is specifically focused on speech-to-speech translations. What’s great about this little baby is that its fully iCloud integrated, so you can save all your translation history on Apple devices and also switch devices mid-conversation, if you felt the need to. It’s only available on Apple devices though, naturally, and needs a data connection to work.
Price: Free from the App Store
Warning：The use of any news and articles published on eChinacities.com without written permission from eChinacities.com constitutes copyright infringement, and legal action can be taken.
Keywords: English Chinese voice translators best voice translators
Most law-abiding citizens know the difference between right and wrong, and many rules and regulations are common sense. But sometimes you come across laws that are entirely the opposite, such as the ban on whaling in (landlocked) Oklahoma, and the prohibition on ploughing Alabama’s cotton fields ...
Congratulations, you’ve landed your first job in China. Now you’ve got a steep learning curve as you adjust to the Chinese workplace. Fear not, here are six top tips for starting a new job in China.
China has an extensive collection of distinctive desserts, sweets and pastries. Here, we talk you through some of the best.
The alcohol industry the world over has been going through a craft beer revolution of late. China is of course just as thirsty for quality beer. We sink a pint with some of the best China craft beer breweries.
Frozen food is generally unpopular in China as the Chinese believe the food loses its flavour the longer it is kept in an unnatural condition. There is therefore a high demand for fresh produce. Here is a guide to sourcing, buying and cooking fresh produce in China.
Go anywhere and you will see the oh-so familiar sight of foreign men with Chinese girls. Go on any internet forum and you will be able to access myriad threads extolling the trials and tribulations of dating Chinese girls, but what if we flip it the other way round?
All comments are subject to moderation by eChinacities.com staff. Because we wish to encourage healthy and productive dialogue we ask that all comments remain polite, free of profanity or name calling, and relevant to the original post and subsequent discussion. Comments will not be deleted because of the viewpoints they express, only if the mode of expression itself is inappropriate. Please use the Classifieds to advertise your business and unrelated posts made merely to advertise a company or service will be deleted.
Please login to add a comment. Click here to login immediately.