Are you struggling to master the basics of Japanese?Maybe you've planning a visit to Japan and need a translator handy with you. iSpeak Japanese is the perfect iPhone and iPad app that can serve as a handy and reliable translation tool for all your purposes.
You'll find this app in the Reference section of the App Store, where it can be purchased for $1.99. This price is fairly reasonable considering it provides you with a handy translation tool which not only translates from text to text but also from text to speech using a high-quality text-to-speech synthesizer.
iSpeak Japanese takes up a whopping 117 MB of space on your iOS device, but this is to be expected of an app that packs so much into a single package. When you consider the number of books and dictionaries that you may have to otherwise carry, the size of this app pales in comparison.
The main feature of this app is a translation tool which not only translates from English to Japanese, but also the other way around. The voice synthesizer works both ways too.
The translation is powered by Google's Advanced Translation Services, so you know that all the results are high in quality.
Had I not known beforehand that the app utilizes a synthesizer, I'd probably think there is a tiny Japanese-speaking and English-speaking person hidden within my iPhone, reading out the translated text to me. In other words, the synthesizer beautifully mimics a real person's voice so you can learn how to pronounce words perfectly.
There are a number of utilities that this powerful tool can provide. If you often read articles in Japanese, or even communicate with Japanese-speaking colleagues or peers via long emails, you can import large walls of text into this app using clipboard capabilities, which are fully supported.
Tap the “Speak It” button and let the translation audio do its work in the background while you check out other apps, drive to work, or even clean your house.
Translates from English to Japanese, as well as Japanese to English
Speaks translated text with the highest possible quality text to speech engine available in a mobile device
Save as many translations on your iPhone as you would like, or email or SMS them
Change the volume as well as speed of spoken text
Cut paste documents, articles, and emails into iSpeak to translate and have them read back
Multitasking support for audio
There is nothing negative to say about this app
Every single app in the iSpeak series has delivered the utmost quality in their translation services, audio synthesis, as well as the leveraging of iOS functions and iSpeak Japanese is no exception. If you are looking for a utility such as this one, then you should definitely check out this app on your iPhone or iPad. The cost is certainly a lot less than you would pay for a simple handheld dictionary, and it is sure to provide you with a lot more than simple translations of single words. Highly recommended!
Neha has been writing and editing since 2010 and has been reviewing iOS apps since early 2014. She has lived in four different countries and loves having the world at her fingertips thanks to these awesome apps.