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  • Upcoming iPhone App to Offer English to Arabic Speech Translation
    Sakhr Software, a company known for it's expertise in English to Arabic (and vice-versa) speech translation is all set to release an iPhone app!



    This upcoming application, developed by Sakhr Mobile and Dial Directions (a company acquired by Sakhr Mobile sometime back) offers really freaky neat speech translation from English to Arabic (and vice-versa), unlike many services which are a total mess even for the text translation - Google do you hear that? It scans the Arabic words and then simply translates them. Small phrases like "The prime minister will form a new government" (holy crap) can be pretty easily translated.

    The app obviously has great use for the government but it can help the end consumer to a real great extent as well! In fact, Sakhr has already been providing this service to U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Department of Justice so we have no reason to doubt their experience of the market.

    [FastCompany]

    Thanks JazJon for the tip!
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Upcoming iPhone App to Offer English to Arabic Speech Translation started by sayam View original post
    Comments 41 Comments
    1. sayam's Avatar
      sayam -
      Quote Originally Posted by A.T View Post
      Well you didn't get for $99 because your paying for the contract too.
      He's not talking about iPhone 3G but a speech translating device, which he might have got for $99 . . .

      Quote Originally Posted by cerote View Post
      I think this is a great app. I also would like to see it get more languages. But this is a step for it. It would help with people traveling or just wanting to talk to someone who is local from a different country. We have someone at my work that speaks Arabic and at some points he has a tough time finding the right word for what he wants to say. I can understand him for most of it. Coming to a new country or visiting one people generally find it frustrating to try to figure out the right word that you want to say.
      many a times, am unable to find a right english word as well though am not arabic
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      Geesh people this is a cool app! Would be cool to see it in all languages but maybe in time it will be... it does a great job translating now... they might just add more languages later....

      Nice article keep up the good work Sayam! Also just because I am a mod even if I was not the front page is a good place for it because there is no other app that I am aware of that can do this! )
    1. TheNosyt's Avatar
      TheNosyt -
      really? arabic? of all languages? aribic.... speechless.
    1. keda51's Avatar
      keda51 -
      The preciseness of translation is incredible!

      Hopefully they branch out to different languages also.

      For traveling this app will be invaluable. You'd be surprised how many countries have large populations that speak Arabic.
    1. hat_15's Avatar
      hat_15 -
      ..plus you will know what the guy next to you is saying. Say for instance at the airport.
    1. aloooy's Avatar
      aloooy -
      anyone know the program name, or the source to download it ..
    1. DaMan05's Avatar
      DaMan05 -
      Quote Originally Posted by hat_15 View Post
      ..plus you will know what the guy next to you is saying. Say for instance at the airport.
      lmaooo... you racists :P
    1. aloooy's Avatar
      aloooy -
      Quote Originally Posted by hat_15 View Post
      ..plus you will know what the guy next to you is saying. Say for instance at the airport.
      as native arabic ill speak english to prevent being rude . take it easy
    1. hat_15's Avatar
      hat_15 -
      ...or at the amusement park, or at the grocery store, or anywhere else. I just thought it'd be nice to know what the person next to you is saying. My parents come from Laos and I barely speak their language so this would be nice.
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      Dude that is one SICK app.
    1. L3G4L1Z3's Avatar
      L3G4L1Z3 -
      About my comment earlier.

      I thought I was on Digg
    1. tarekkkkk's Avatar
      tarekkkkk -
      hmm arabic looks great i guess our arabic world are progressing and stop ur jealous people stop it or say something good
    1. greenleaf187's Avatar
      greenleaf187 -
      Sakhr is an arab-based company... not sure which country, but the name is arabic... Sakhr is ROCK in arabic, or might be a surname, again not sure.
      The reason they came up with the arabic translation first, is because obviously its their area of expertise... would be really pointless if 'Sakhr' comes up with an english to spanish translation, or arabic to chinese. this arises competition for other companies... hopefully soon enough there will be all kinds of languages out there.
    1. fugsi's Avatar
      fugsi -
      so far the top app !!!
    1. Miro89's Avatar
      Miro89 -
      Quote Originally Posted by qgshadow View Post
      First page why?? why not like a more useful translator, spanish english , french english , german english , chinese english...
      and y wouldn't it be on the 1st page? There are many iphone users in the Arab World which would consider this a very useful app.

      so why wouldn't it be as important as spanish english..etc that u mentioned above?

      In addition, many people in the world today are trying to learn Arabic; so this app is very useful.
    1. yoTelefonoCuatro's Avatar
      yoTelefonoCuatro -
      Quote Originally Posted by S550Benz View Post
      I bet if it were in Spanish or somethin they would've been glad to see it on the front page but just because it's in Arabic they just hate on it, might be a racist thing...
      yep.

      hey, i'm an arab-american.
      this thing will come in handy big-time!
    1. discostar's Avatar
      discostar -
      ...wow. I hope they come out with one for Japanese!
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      Holy **** that's amazing. It's like something out of a science fiction book/ movie. That would be nice if there were an option to "Confirm" what is written so that you don't accidentally say something you didn't mean to.
    1. JazJon's Avatar
      JazJon -
      Quote Originally Posted by aloooy View Post
      anyone know the program name, or the source to download it ..
      #1 in Arabic Translation by U.S. Government metrics
    1. Gazoo's Avatar
      Gazoo -
      Quote Originally Posted by qgshadow View Post
      First page why?? why not like a more useful translator, spanish english , french english , german english , chinese english...
      Is this language not 'useful?'

      You fail to understand the world we're currently living in.