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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...
01-26-2012, 11:57 AM #1
[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:
- Chinese (simplified + traditional)
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!
Editor's Rating: 5/5
Are you going to make Siri help you understand another language? Share in the comments below!
Last edited by Anthony Bouchard; 01-26-2012 at 12:27 PM.
01-26-2012, 12:02 PM #2
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
01-26-2012, 12:19 PM #3
Love it. And the SIri tweaks keep on coming.
01-26-2012, 12:24 PM #4
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."Time circuits on...flux capacitor...(gulp)...fluxing"
Please read again I only give one warning - thanks!
01-26-2012, 12:34 PM #5
What verbage do i use for Czech language? Siri keeps hearing it as "Check" which is how you pronounce it.
01-26-2012, 12:41 PM #6
My springboard keeps crashing whenever I try asking siri to translate something. What gives?
01-26-2012, 12:53 PM #7
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01-26-2012, 01:06 PM #10
i downloaded it, but Siri is not translating anything...she just asks if i want a web search???
01-26-2012, 01:28 PM #11
When I ask her to translate in Japanese, it just shows japanese writing. I can't read that ish!
01-26-2012, 01:52 PM #12
01-26-2012, 02:00 PM #13
Nevermind, working now. Pretty awesome stuff.
01-26-2012, 02:36 PM #14
01-26-2012, 03:00 PM #15
I'm still looking for a proxy server... I need a FREE proxy server, anyone know one?
01-26-2012, 03:12 PM #16
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!
01-26-2012, 03:38 PM #17
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01-26-2012, 03:57 PM #18
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.
01-26-2012, 04:28 PM #19
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?
01-26-2012, 05:49 PM #20
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....".
Last edited by Syl66; 01-26-2012 at 05:51 PM.