There’s two versions of the Speak and Translate app, one free with ads and another $4.99 without any.
Available in both the App Store and Google Play it’s the perfect app to have on your phone if you’re travelling or prone to starting a conversation with random tourists in your local bar.
Seeing as my partner is Norwegian and so I’m basically fluent by default (not really, I’m conversationalist at best!) I decided to give this baby a whirl and see just how good it was.
I started with the easy ones, to lure it in.
Jeg elsker deg.
I love you.
Touché Speak and Translate app, touché. Now for something a bit harder.
Hva skal vi har til middag i dag?
What shall we have for dinner today?
No problems there, although I would have preferred it answer “Pizza and Red Wine of course!”. Time for the big guns. I asked Eivind to come down and think of the craziest thing he could. He came up with –
Hva er gjeldsbalansen min i Lånekassen?
Now it heard this as – Hva hjelper mot angsten min lånekassen? which it translated correctly and which proves two things.
- I am right, Eivind does mumble his Norwegian (however is a girl to learn?!), and
- Speak & Translate may just be the best thing since sliced brunost (Brown Cheese).
Are you planning any trips in the future? What language would you want to use first?