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  • [Review] Lingual - Make Siri Translate to Other Languages

    A new plugin allows Siri to make language translations for you!

    Do you remember yesterday's introduction for AssistantExtensions? It's arguably the most useful tweak every designed for Siri and probably will continue to be the most useful tweak ever designed for Siri for the upcoming future because it lets developers use its framework to build extensions for Siri so that Siri can do more stuff than it already can! Long enough sentence? Whew. Now let's try translating it to another language. Wait; you mean typing that all out again? No; let's use Siri instead!

    With a new plugin that was released dubbed Lingual by iOS development team CodeThemed, (Mazalthan - Design, and TheNickF - Development) you can make Siri translate whatever you want her to translate, into several different languages. The developer states that it supports over thirty different languages. Moreover, there are no icons added to the home screen and there are no settings to configure for this plugin. You install it, respring, and suddenly Siri now understands how to translate languages. I bet none of you have ever learned thirty or more languages that fast; have you? Siri, you sure are amazing.

    To use Lingual, you need to have a phrase or word that you want to translate. After you have figured out what you want to translate, you begin launching Siri and talking to her, "Siri, translate insert content here to insert language here." Or, you can say, "Siri, what is insert content here in insert language here?" Once you ask Siri how to say something in another language, such as 'hello how are you?' in Spanish (as shown in the screenshot above), Siri will cleverly show you the output that you were asking for. The interface looks nice too.

    Lingual supports all of the following languages:


    • Arabic
    • Chinese (simplified + traditional)
    • Czech
    • Danish
    • German
    • Estonian
    • Finnish
    • French
    • Dutch
    • Greek
    • Hebrew
    • Haitian
    • Hungarian
    • Indonesian
    • Italian
    • Japanese
    • Korean
    • Lithuanian
    • Latvian
    • Norwegian
    • Polish
    • Portuguese
    • Romanian
    • Spanish
    • Russian
    • Slovak
    • Slovene
    • Swedish
    • Thai
    • Turkish
    • Ukrainian
    • Vietnamese


    Please note that installing Lingual does use AssistantExtensions as a dependency. So it must be installed, or else it will be installed when you attempt to install Lingual. Another thing is that you must be running an iOS 5 device to Siri because you are either using the legitimate Siri on an iPhone 4S or you are using some kind of port which is only compatible with iOS 5. Lingual does work with Siri ports. I think that this plugin is a great addition to the family of Siri plugins which were introduced yesterday such as searching YouTube for specific title words and having intimate conversations with Siri. I highly recommend this to any jailbroken Siri users. Grab it while it's hot!

    Name: Lingual
    Price: FREE
    Version: 1.0
    Repo: BigBoss
    Developer: CodeThemed
    Editor's Rating:  5/5

    Are you going to make Siri help you understand another language? Share in the comments below!

    Sources: CodeThemed
    This article was originally published in forum thread: [Review] Lingual - Make Siri Translate to Other Languages started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 29 Comments
    1. CCNPJediHacker's Avatar
      CCNPJediHacker -
      Thanks to me for tipping)) It works great but would like to hear Siri actually speak the translated word. It would help when trying to read Russian
    1. milenion's Avatar
      milenion -
      Love it. And the SIri tweaks keep on coming.
    1. djdraco's Avatar
      djdraco -
      Sweet. Now if we can figure out a way for Siri to speak the translation. I know that'll take more time a programming but it'd be cool. You guys rock. I wish I could program this stuff.
    1. RXDI's Avatar
      RXDI -
      What verbage do i use for Czech language? Siri keeps hearing it as "Check" which is how you pronounce it.
    1. jabij1's Avatar
      jabij1 -
      My springboard keeps crashing whenever I try asking siri to translate something. What gives?
    1. iadventure's Avatar
      iadventure -
      not working for me
    1. BenderRodriguez's Avatar
      BenderRodriguez -
      Quote Originally Posted by CCNPJediHacker View Post
      Thanks to me for tipping)) It works great but would like to hear Siri actually speak the translated word. It would help when trying to read Russian
      +1
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by CCNPJediHacker View Post
      Thanks to me for tipping)) It works great but would like to hear Siri actually speak the translated word. It would help when trying to read Russian
      You don't get credit for tipping unless you actually get the news to me before I see it. Although, I like the idea that Siri would actually speak the translation.
    1. iain's Avatar
      iain -
      i downloaded it, but Siri is not translating anything...she just asks if i want a web search???
    1. brianiino's Avatar
      brianiino -
      When I ask her to translate in Japanese, it just shows japanese writing. I can't read that ish!
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by brianiino View Post
      When I ask her to translate in Japanese, it just shows japanese writing. I can't read that ish!
      Well what do you expect?
    1. jabij1's Avatar
      jabij1 -
      Nevermind, working now. Pretty awesome stuff.
    1. andrewe13's Avatar
      andrewe13 -
      Quote Originally Posted by iain View Post
      i downloaded it, but Siri is not translating anything...she just asks if i want a web search???
      same here, the french demo in the picture above worked, but when you ask "translate I need a taxi in Spanish" I get the basic siri responses.


      ?????
    1. *T*'s Avatar
      *T* -
      I'm still looking for a proxy server... I need a FREE proxy server, anyone know one?
    1. slayorktc's Avatar
      slayorktc -
      Nice work. Now we just need siri to use wikipedia and imdb to pull information about movies, tv, and any question. Can't wait.. I also tried. "What is on TV tonight?" and got nothing.. weak!
    1. Truckerbear's Avatar
      Truckerbear -
      Quote Originally Posted by *T* View Post
      I'm still looking for a proxy server... I need a FREE proxy server, anyone know one?
      Contact 'S26tech' on twitter for Siri server.. There is not a free proxy server out there that I have found reliable. But for the pennies he charges its worth it. Even helped me set up my own server by watching what he is doing.
    1. cgavula's Avatar
      cgavula -
      This is a very cool app but I really wish they had based it on Google Translate not Bing - Bing just doesn't have anywhere close to the same level of accuracy in my experience and doesn't support as many languages. Looking at their YouTube demo it seems other folks are disappointed in the accuracy of translations as well.

      Also - for those asking the developers to include "voice" all they can really do is pass along voice if it's available - it's not an application feature - it's a feature of the translation service - in this case Bing.
    1. justhits's Avatar
      justhits -
      After I install--it makes Siri only respond when I raise the phone to my ear, not when I hold the home button, sup with that?
    1. Syl66's Avatar
      Syl66 -
      Not working for me. Just keep getting asked to search the web.

      Edit: figured it out. Depends how you word it. Seems you need to say "What is....." instead of "How do you say....".
    1. swifty7's Avatar
      swifty7 -
      it worked like a charm