The application myLanguage Pro, developed by myLanguage, Inc., is a useful application for those who need a little extra help translating various languages while traveling. myLangauge Pro has an extensive and impressive language database, with a total of 45 supported languages.
The translation capabilities are all interchangeable: you can translate words, phrases, and sentences from any supported language to another (for example, translating “hello” from Welsh to Korean). Each language selection comes with a variety of dialect choices as well, based on Country of origin. The interface is well designed and easy to navigate. There are also links to share the application and each translation with friends through e-mail, or through ten different social networking sites. The settings option allows you to look at a history of previous translations, and set user defined language-location pairs for easy future reference.
myLanguagePro does have audio for select languages, but only 6 languages out of the 45 have audio capabilities, and the audio feed needs improvement. The words are warbled and difficult to understand. Another drawback for the user is the lack of transliterations. Russian translations are shown in Cyrillic, but there are no transliterations to help the unlearned person in their attempt to pronounce these words. A traveler can, however, enlarge the translation script and show the word or phrase to someone who can help them find a bathroom, for instance. If you want to enter something in Russian to be translated into English, there is no way to enter the Cyrillic symbols, and the program does not recognize attempted transliterations. Trying to translate languages with symbols definitely has its drawbacks, but this can be expected because such capabilities would be difficult to develop. Translations and audio do require an internet connection, which can be a bit of a problem if you are in a location without wireless internet support.
Despite these shortcomings, the developers of myLanguagePro have shown dedication in improving their program and adding more features. The developers are trying to build a competitive and comprehensive language program and they are planning on adding more content and features in the future. With each translation, the user is given the option to edit the translation if it is incorrect, and to rate the translation to provide feedback to the developers and to improve the database in the future. This application has some limitations, but shows a lot of promise with some improvements. Keep your eyes open for updated and improved versions in the future!
myLanguage Pro requires the iPhone OS 2.2 or later and is compatible with iPhone and iPod Touch.