THANK GOD: There's Finally A Translation App That Works Beautifully

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Talking to someone who doesn’t speak English? (Or a language that’s other than your native language.)Well, finally, there’s an app for that.

Meet SayHi, a translation app that works a bit like Siri — except it translates what you are saying into a second language.

The latest version of SayHi launched just about two weeks ago, and it’s getting a ton of buzz in Silicon Valley.

It’s now the top-rated business app in the Apple App Store too.

All you do is speak into your microphone, and the app will figure out what you are saying and translate it much in the same way Siri does.

So far we tried it with German, Russian, Spanish and French, and it works with all of them (relatively well).

It has just as many problems as Siri, though: it’s often pretty slow and issn’t always correct when guessing what you are saying.

But other than some slight translation errors, the app is great, and it only costs $1.

Bam! Here we go.

Here's how it starts — you can press either of the buttons on the bottom and speak into the microphone for a translation.

Press the button...

...and it will start translating what you are saying. It can take a while.

Bam! There's what you say in English and the translation below it. The iPhone will also say the translation out loud with proper pronunciation.

When your speaking partner is ready, press the other button...

...and it'll translate that one. But it'll be in the other language.

The translations are pretty accurate...

...and if you tap on any of the messages, it'll say them aloud in that specific language.

When you try to select a message...

...you can copy or share those translations.

You can share them through a number of different options. For example, you could translate a phrase really quickly and tweet it to your followers.

Or you could just copy the text.

You can carry through the conversation as long as you like. Sometimes it's not 100 per cent accurate.

You can choose from one of a ton of languages.

There are even specific dialects, like Canadian French and French based in France.

It'll ask you if you want to clear your conversation whenever you change languages.

Here's how the whole app works.

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