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Feb 15th, 2012, 02:47 AM
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Looking for iPhone app that speaks French

I'm looking for an iPhone app that I can type a french word into, and it will say that word back to me in french.

I've looked at the lists of apps, but most either don't have any reviews, or the reviews are somewhat negative.

Does anyone have a recommendation from their own experience?

A friend and I are brushing up on our language skills; working from a text book is all very well, but there are times that we're not sure if we have the correct pronunciation for a particular word or phrase.

Many thanks, Di
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Feb 15th, 2012, 06:30 AM
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I am not familiar with Apple products but this will give you French pronunciations based upon your written input.

http://www2.research.att.com/~ttsweb/tts/demo.php#top
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Feb 15th, 2012, 10:38 AM
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Have you tried standard Google translate? Simply put in the english word and have it translated into french, or type in the word you want to hear pronounced and click on the speaker symbol. It will pronounce the word or phrase for you.

For the iphone, try Google Translate. It has both the ability to take input by typing or speaking, and will pronounce the translation the same way as the regular google version will. The speaking version doesn't work well with a cold, but otherwise it works pretty well.
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Feb 15th, 2012, 10:58 AM
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I use "I speak French" you can use it french to english and visa vera, works great.
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Feb 15th, 2012, 11:00 AM
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Google Translate is great!
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Feb 15th, 2012, 11:08 AM
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I think the Google translate requires an active internet connection. I don't know about others. Unless you are connected to internet via Wifi, which severely constrains this type of usage, understand the cost implication of turning on mobile network in France or use a local data capable SIM.
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Feb 15th, 2012, 01:22 PM
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Try the iphone app called Jibbigo .
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Feb 15th, 2012, 08:25 PM
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aparsuader65 - I hadn't realised that Google translate could speak as well; thanks for that hint.That will work well for our study sessions.

Parisecret - Jibbigo app is just what I was looking for. It will be very handy for travelling as well, as it doesn't need internet connection to work.

Many thanks, Di
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Feb 19th, 2012, 05:44 AM
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lonely planet also do a French-English speech to speech offline translator.

The voice recognition isnt that great, but certainly text to speech works really well, and no connection required
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Feb 19th, 2012, 07:08 AM
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I've got iTranslate+ on my iPhone4 and it works pretty well, but thanks for the info on Jiggibo!
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Mar 3rd, 2012, 01:41 AM
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Another option I've now come across is Free French English Dictionary + by Ascendo Inc. It's suitable for iPad and Iphone.

The dictionary is reasonably comprehensive; you also get to hear the pronunciation of many (but not all) the translations, and there's a phrases tab as well. Di
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