iTranslate Translator

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Ana Beltran, Common Sense Media
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Efficient and effective tool for on-the-spot translation.

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Educational Value

Features will encourage kids to explore words and phrases in a new language. Goal is to provide users with accurate and efficient translation. Although kids may learn words and phrases, iTranslate Translator doesn't claim to be a language learning app.  

Ease of Play

Simple and intuitive to navigate. Type or speak to initiate translation. Lens feature allows kids to take pictures of text or objects to initiate translation. Phrasebook suggests common and handy translations for different situations. Under favorites, users can collect words or phrases they want to use often or refer back to. 

Violence
Sex
Language

Depends on input. The tool will translate profanity and mature language.

Consumerism

After free-trial period, in-app subscription purchase is necessary to continue enjoying all of the app's features. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Expressions found in the Phrasebook reference ordering different alcoholic beverages. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that iTranslate Translator is a productivity app that translates text, voice, websites, and images. The app translates over 100 languages including Arabic, Bengali, Czech, Chinese, Dutch, English, German, Spanish, Zulu, and Vietnamese. Kids can either type text for translation or use the voice recognition feature, which translates speech. All translations appear in written form and in audio. Users can choose the input language or take advantage of automatic language detection, which recognizes the input language and translates it to the desired language. Using the Lens feature, kids can take pictures of text for automatic translation of words, phrases, signs, menus, and chunks of text, including book passages or articles. If kids are trying to find the word for a physical object in another language, they can use the Lens feature to determine the translation based on an image. The offline translation mode allows users to take advantage of the app's features in situations with limited or no Wi-Fi coverage. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change. 

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What's it about?

ITRANSLATE TRANSLATOR recognizes speech, text, and images to power translation to one of over 100 supported languages. The tool bar offers five options. Text translation is powered through typing. The Lens feature uses the device's camera to capture text or images for translation. Voice-to-voice translation is powered by speech. The Phrasebook includes a collection of commonly used expressions organized by categories that include Help/Medical, At Work, and While Traveling. The More tab houses tagged favorites, history, and a link to website translation. Tapping on the heart icon under a given translation saves it to the favorites folder. For a running chronological list of activity, you can access the history folder. Users can share translations with contacts via message or email or save them to other apps on the device. Setting features allow kids to control voice gender and the speed of speech.

Is it any good?

Kids, teens, and adults will find this to be a great translation tool that satisfies curious minds and makes understanding and communicating in a different language a reality. The app's interface is clean, and navigating the app is straightforward. The "like" icon, the favorites folder, and app history make navigation even easier by allowing users to organize and easily find translations. The offline feature is great for travelers who are in need of a translation but are short on connectivity. The fact that the app's key features work offline make it an even more appealing communication aid. Ever hear a language and wonder what it is? Adding to the ease of use, the language auto-detect feature identifies the input language, which means that users don't actually need to recognize the language they want translated. The Lens is another neat feature that makes the app practical and useful. Using the device's camera, the app can translate chunks of text quickly. This takes the mystery out of ordering at a restaurant, understanding street signs, or understanding articles or passages. Translation based on images of objects adds to the app's efficiency; however, this feature can be a hit or miss. Its accuracy seems to depend on how common the object is and how centered and focused the object appears in the picture. As with other automated translation tools, it may miss common sayings and may fail to capture the meaning of certain phrases. Regardless, iTranslate Translator makes for seamless, on-the-spot translation. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the different situations when the iTranslate Translator tool would be useful. When might this tool be helpful? How can you use it to understand or communicate? When reading a book in a foreign language and unclear about the meaning of a word? Ordering lunch while traveling? Curious to learn how to say something in a new language? 

  • Talk about the limitations of translation tools. At times they are effective, but accuracy can be inconsistent. Automated translation sometimes misses colloquialisms or fails to convey meaning or sense. 

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Subjects: Language & Reading: speaking, vocabulary
  • Skills: Communication: conveying messages effectively, multiple forms of expression, speaking
  • Price: Free to try
  • Pricing structure: Free to try (offers in-app purchase options ranging from $4.99 - $49.99 for premium and pro features)
  • Release date: February 3, 2020
  • Category: Productivity
  • Size: 584.70 MB
  • Publisher: iTranslate GmbH
  • Version: 12.7.8
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 10.0 or later; Android varies with device
  • Last updated: March 4, 2020

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