I frequently talk to clients and business associates who don’t speak English, and that’s why I am very excited to see technology remove language barriers. A Japan-based company, NTT DOCOMO, has launched the Hanashite Hon’yaku app that allows speakers of two different languages to carry out a phone conversation by translating their speech in real-time.
After the user opens the app, it automatically detects which language you are speaking, and then it provides instant text translations. You could select an option to view it as text, or to hear it as audio. Hanashite Hon’yaku will be available to Android users on November first as a free download. The translation services convert text in Japanese, English, Chinese or Korean for now, and eventually French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Thai by the end of November.