Saturday, July 23, 2011

Translation Apps for Your iPhone

Several translation apps mentioned on iMedicalApps sound intriguing to investigate if you have an iPhone. They may not be specific enough for orthopedic settings, and certainly will not replace our wonderful interpreting team!

The first is MediBabble, which is available free. It draws from a list of 2,000 diagnostic questions that have already been translated into 5 initial languages - Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Russian, and Haitian Creole. Two physicians, Dr. Alex Blau and Dr. Brad Cohn, have added this app to an impressive record of service to the global medically underserved.

The iMedicalApps review also mentions Xprompt ($6.99 for initial download including English, Spanish & German; $2.99 for each additional language -- 20 available) which has 800 diagnostic phrases and Medical Spanish ($6.99) with over 3,000 audio phrases in Spanish.

In addition to translating typed text for over 50 languages, Google Translate offers an option to speak a phrase and hear a translation in a in one of 15 languages. It is not medically-oriented. This is the list of languages they mention: "Afrikaans, Albanian, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Arabic, Basque, Belarusian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Filipino, Finnish, French, Galician, Georgian, German, Greek, Haitian Creole, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Italian, Irish, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malay, Maltese, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese, Welsh, Yiddish."

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