- Editor's Rating
Since those days of watching Star Trek, I’ve always wondered what it would be like to have a device where I could speak or type in a phrase, and then it would display or speak that phrase in a different language. Talk to Me is an application for Android OS devices that does just that — and for the nice cost of free (depending on the languages used).
FEATURES AND CONTROLS
Talk to Me is initially very simple, first you select your language, and then the language that you’d like to translate the word or phrase into. After that, you simply hit “translate” and then you have that word or phrase translated in a loud and clear voice.
The fun with this app comes with the language packs. If the language pack is installed, when you click on “Translate” you won’t just get the translated word or phrase in text, but you’ll also have it spoken aloud. Depending on the venue and context, this could be very helpful, or slightly humorous.
There are some sample language packs you can download for free, but most are paid. For those languages where there’s not a language pack, you can simply see the translation.
One of the administrative aspects to Talk to Me that you have to get past is that there are a number of plug-ins which also need to be downloaded and installed before you use Talk to Me. These plug-ins add the text-to-voice capabilities and improve the recognition aspects.
On the Samsung Intercept that I used to review this app, I would occasionally run into issues where Talk to Me would not load. It would seem that this application does take a good bit of system resources to run, even though it’s not a very large application to install. I’d imagine that high-end devices would have less of an issue on this end.
A note to do be careful with your phrasing. I had a friend who is fluent in a number of languages take a look at the quality of translation and Talk to Me was said to be very similar to web-based translation services such as Google Translate or Babelfish — in other words, shorter and clearer are better.
That person did appreciate that you got both the text and voice translation, in that way you could be absolved of any mistakes in pronunciation by simply showing the screen to the person you are communicating with.
Overall, I came across with some favorable impressions of Talk to Me. You will want to check the free download out before making any purchases for language packs. But, given how fast voice services are moving with Android these days, this is probably as good a time as any to check out Talk to Me.