iSpeak and Audiometry: Let the iPhone Translate for You, Test Your Hearing
Article by George Norman
On 11 Feb 2009
We all love to take vacations, have a relaxing time, and see the world. The only problem is that unlike what Hollywood would have you think, not everyone in the world is fluent in English and from time to time you will have to use the local language. Picking up a new language is not exactly easy, but that is why you have your trusty iPhone to help you out.

A personal translator even if it is not hard to come by, will cut into your vacationing money ; and truth be told, it won’t even fit in your pocket. iSpeak is a cost effective app that will address all these issues. All you have to do is type in a word or a sentence and iSpeak will translate it for you. It even has a text-to-speech feature which will come in handy when you are not particularly sure how to pronounce a word.


The upside of iSpeak is that it has language support for French, Italian, Spanish, German, Dutch, Swedish, Polish and Portuguese. See how the text-to-speech feature will come in handy? I doubt there are many native English speakers that can truly say they can perfectly speak Swedish. The downside is that for each language you have to download a separate app which costs $2. An iSpeak version comprising all these languages would be far too large and that is why they had to be separated. The iSpeak Swedish version for example weighs in at 182MB.

Perhaps the reason you are having trouble communication with other people, vacationing or otherwise, is because you are hard of hearing. All those years as a teenager listening to loud music on your headsets and all those years you spent clubbing in college may have taken their toll. Once again, take out your trusty iPhone and make sure everything is okay. All it takes is for you to download Audiometry, an iPhone app that costs $0.99. The app goes through a range of tones and frequencies and asks you if you can hear them; when the test is complete it will tell you if you need to seek professional help or if you can hear a pin drop in the other room.

Tags: Apple, iPhone, iSpeak, Audiometry
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