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iSpeak Chinese Translator app review



iSpeak Chinese Translator is an app for the iPhone and iPad which is sure to come in handy if you often require translations from English to Chinese and vice-versa.

This app can serve travelers who wish to communicate with the locals, businessmen who need emails translated, and even learners of this language who wish to practice pronunciation because this app also comes with a text-to-speech translator that works both ways.

You'll find this app in the Reference section of the App Store where it can be purchased for $1.99. Let's take a look at its features.

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iSpeak Chinese Translator


Translate, Save, and Search

When you factor in the cost of translation guides, classes, dictionaries, and all the other requirements of learning a new language, the price of iSpeak Chinese Translator seems like it's minimal. You will, however, also need to spare 126 MB of space from your iOS device in order to accommodate it.

The interface features a simple and straightforward translator with the screen split into “Translate From” and “Translate To” options. Users can also swap the two by simply tapping a button provided. Use the action button to email or SMS your translations over to any of your contacts, or save the translation for easy retrieval later on.

Saved translations can also be sifted quickly using a search function incorporated into it.

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Audio Synthesis

Once your text has been translated, you can tap the “Speak It” icon to listen to the audio pronunciations, which are available in both languages. The synthesizer is powerful and beautifully emulates a native speaker so you can learn to speak and improve your listening comprehension too.

The app allows you to adjust the volume as well as slow down parts of the audio in order to facilitate learning. Background support is also provided along with clipboard capabilities so that users can import large chunks of texts including emails, blogs, or news articles, and have the translation running in the background while they go about using other apps, driving, or even reading the text for improved retention.

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iSpeak Chinese Translator


Pros & Cons


  • Two-way translations are performed by Google's advanced translation service
  • Minimalist and highly user-friendly interface
  • Adjustable volume and speed
  • Text-to-speech synthesis
  • Background audio support and clipboard capabilities


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Final Words

iSpeak Chinese Translator is a wonderful app that would certainly come in handy for a number of purposes. If you are in the market for a powerful translation tool from Chinese to English or vice-versa, then you won't regret purchasing this app for your iPad or iPhone. Check it out today and see if it's the best translation app for your Chinese speaking and learning needs. 

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Neha Sinha

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.