iSpeech Translator for BlackBerry AND the BlackBerry PlayBook

iSpeech Translator for BlackBerry and the BlackBerry PlayBook
By Joseph Holder on 16 Jun 2011 08:49 am EDT

From the people who brought you, the application that speaks your text messages, comes iSpeech Translator. Yes, friends, the iSpeech Translator is available for the PlayBook and any BlackBerry smartphone that runs OS 1.0 and higher, in any country, on any carrier. Unless your BlackBerry is half a decade old, you too can run iSpeech Translator. Even better, iSpeech offers a free, fully-functional version of the app.

Okay, enough of the infomercial. iSpeech Translator is an easy to use application that's designed to make it easy get good translations on the go. In my own experience, the app is rather accurate in its translations, free from the simple errors you often see in machine-translated language. Even native speakers (who speak English as a second language) agree; iSpeech Translator is remarkably accurate.

The really amazing ability of this app is its voice-to-voice translations. After granting permission to use the microphone(s), you can simply speak the words you would like to be translated. iSpeech Translator can understand 7 languages, including English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, and Italian. Want that translation read aloud? The translating app can "speak" 18 of them. For the more than 30 other languages, you can get simple text-to-text translations.

The app does this by transmitting a recording of your voice or the text that you've entered back to the iSpeech Recognition Cloud. There, your voice and text are sampled, parsed, sliced, and diced until the system understands what it is you need translating. From there, a translation is created. If it's in one the 18 languages iSpeech can speak, a small audio file is sent back to your BlackBerry (be it smartphone or tablet) to be played aloud.

"Interesting" things you can get the app to say. 

The app is an excellent translation tool, but that doesn't mean you can't have fun with it, too. To be fair, this "fun" comes from the slightly juvenile side of my personality, and it won't appeal to everyone. Keep in mind, too, that we like to keep the CrackBerry blog Safe for Work, so you might need to use your imagination on this one.

It's really kind of fun to translate....let's say "interesting" things into a foreign language. As I said, the app is remarkably accurate and understands slang and colloquialisms pretty well. In some ways, it's quite amusing to hear NSFW words spoken in a different language. Then, change the settings to give you English to English translation (or Spanish-to-Spanish or French-to-French, etc.) and let your friends hear just what it was that you translated. 

On paper screen, this sounds like an absolutely foolish thing to do. Perhaps that's why it's so funny to hear a machine use words you'd never expect to hear from a machine. In eighteen different languages.

More information / download iSpeech Translator 

Reader comments

iSpeech Translator for BlackBerry AND the BlackBerry PlayBook


Been using it for about 3months. Works great! My Brazilian friends are amazed at the accuracy of the Portuguese translations.

iSpeech Translator does such a poor job translating between German and English, I wouldn't trust it to handle languages with which I am unfamiliar. The app also rarely understands what you say into the microphone.

Navita Translator using Google Translate does a much better job and the read-back sounds more natural.

Thanks for pointing me to the Navita Translator. In my Curve 3G works ok, but the real thing is when used in the Playbook. Great!

I use it just to have fun at the many mistakes it makes between English, Spanish and German, which are the languages I know. I would not trust it for serious translation.

From my own two months worth of experience with this program, i hate it. The speech recognition is pretty poor from English to Spanish or French. I'm not talking about speed talking or mumbling either. I'm talking about clear speech.

Hopefully it has been updated since I last removed this app.

iSpeech Translator has not improved at all. Speech recognition is so awful, the app is good only for an occasional laugh--like talking to Tintin's hearing-impaired friend Professor Calculus.

So far I noticed more languages than the ones that are mentioned on the description of the app in App World.

I also noticed how obnoxious the sounds it makes are when selecting options and how there doesn't seem to be a way to turn them off. So in result, I wouldn't use it in a more public place. Navita also works great for me, as it's nice and quiet and it gets the job done, giving you the option between Google & Bing translate.

I refuse to download anything with an “i” in front of it, not because i hate apple that much, just annoying that some developers try to piggy back on the i factor

Guys, did you see new release of FancyTran for PlayBook? it does speech. and offers all verity of google translate languages. Has also some extra features.

This app works amazingly well. The only people that can't get the speech recognition to work are people that can't speak properly (use english, spanish here). Most of the voices are the best I've ever heard also!

Can someone help me figure out how to get the voice to voice translation to work? The "text" to voice works great. I'd like to not have to type my phrase into the app...but would rather like to speak the text and then have it translate. I gave the app "permission" and have the voice recognition on....but it's not working. help! ;)