Electronic translators have replaced bulky and large dictionary books. The new age of translators are small and very compact, making them the perfect accessory to take with you when travelling. You no longer have to worry about finding room for a large dictionary or phrasebook. When buying an electronic translator it is important to note the language spoken in the country you plan to visit. Make sure that the translator you plan to purchase is equipped with the language of your destination. Electronic translators today come with many functions. Determining which functions you need is very important. Is speech translation needed in your translator? This is a very important question to ask your self when coming to a conclusion as to which translator to purchase. Speech recognition allows you to speak into the device and receive a translated text and voice phrase back in the desired language. Make sure your translator is equipped with the vocabulary that you need. If you are a doctor then you will need to make sure the translator is equipped with a wide range of medical phrases and grammatical sentences. It is important to note the quality of your translated text. The most accurate translators use an online connection to access their database of words. If you are learning a new language an electronic translator would be a great learning tool. Today electronic translators are equipped with many tools and applications to facilitate the learning process of a foreign language. If you think you don’t need an electronic translator you could be wrong.
There are three buttons. The power button does what you’d expect. You hold the big one on the front to have ili listen and automatically translate. Tapping it again will repeat the phrase it just spoke. The third button repeats back what it thinks you said, in ili’s voice. If you hold down that last button it switches between the ili's 3 languages: Spanish, Japanese, and Mandarin.
For a translator that will get you through the basics of several European languages without putting a giant hole in your pocket, the Franklin TWE-118 is a great choice. The handheld device translates to and from English, French, Spanish, German and Italian with more than 210,000 translations available. The device measures 4.25 x 2.75 x .62 and resembles a calculator, with a letter keyboard to type in words and phrases. There’s a search function that categorizes phrases into useful groups such as dining, hotels, directions, business and more. There’s also a built-in currency converter, spell checker, databank for names and phone numbers and calculator, plus a world clock and games.
I do wish it did more. The company is very pro one-way translation. Their arguments are valid, but I still think it’d be useful for the other person to be understood as well. It’d be easy enough to say, and have ili translate “press the button and say small sentences,” or something similar, to get the person understand how to use it and to keep it simple. This isn’t as huge of a complaint as it might seem, though, since like I said above, it’s remarkable what one can accomplish with hand gestures. So many travel interactions require simple, easily-understood responses, that getting yourself understood is way more than 50% of any interaction.
It is important to choose a translator that performs accurate translations because you do not want to offend anyone with your translations. The most accurate translators are equipped with a new technology called statistical translation. This technology allows the translator to search different databases to find the most accurate translations. However, it is very important to note that the largest data base of translations are located on the World Wide Web and in order to have access to this database the translator needs access to the Internet.
It's important to keep in mind there’s no such thing as “real time translation” yet, despite what Google says. We’re still not quite there for the Star Trek-style Universal Translator that just speaks in your language while someone else is speaking. Right now it’s sentence (pause) by sentence (pause), give or take a few sentences. No translator is meant to tell your life story. Mostly it’s for asking for the bathroom. The ili does that, and a lot more. It's positioned as travel-centric, but I threw a lot of random phrases its way and it did pretty well. Maybe it can't translate random medical conditions, but just about anything a traveler would need should be covered. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/traductor-a-translator-review-1072067
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