I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT YOU SAID

LOST IN TRANSLATION

Example -In Taiwan, the translation of the Pepsi slogan: ‘Come alive with the Pepsi Generation’ comes out as: ‘Pepsi will bring your ancestors back from the dead.

Once in Osaka  had a meal in a restaurant with the family. At the end of dinner I paid the bill and as we were leaving the waitress ran to the door, graciously bowed and said “Thank you for letting me pleasure you”  I had no idea what I was thinking as I responded back “you pleasured us well” as the entire family burst into laughter!

Now why we’re here today. For years we have been purchasing these nifty little voice translators you see at the big electronic stores and travel sites. They look great on the advertisement but later you  find out you would have been better off with a book to get you through those tough vacation translation issues. Over the years we’ve gone through at least a dozen or so only to return them,  give them to the kids as toys or toss them away. We have a 14 day European trip coming up this year with the kids and grandkids, and I thought not purchasing one in the last few years I would see how far things have progressed.

The technology has finally arrived.  I am impressed!

I found eight of these portable translators in a sea of options that were really something everyone should have. Our big electronic superstore Is StarPower here in the Dallas area. They have an entire section loaded with different types and brands. I will provide you with my favorites,I will be judging and making my decision on their ability  to keep up with a normal conversation and then translate in real time. Anything less will only frustrate you or possibly cause an embarrassing situation when in actual use.

Ford had a similar problem with translation in Brazil. When the car model named The Ford Pinto flopped when it came to sales in South  America. Ford finally discovered that Pinto was Brazilian for, “tiny male genitals,”

It’s True!

 

Parker Pens did some billboard marking in Mexico using the captioned slogan “It won’t leak in your pocket and embarrass you’ (They translated Embarrass to Embarazar thinking this was the proper translation ) Now when people read the billboard it clearly says to them  ‘It won’t leak in your pocket and make you pregnant”. 

Point is, the pocket translators of the past and even the highly touted translator app that Apple pushes on the iPhone is still quite a ways off to offer any degree of confidence. Here are 8 new, super cool pocket translators that I found that I would personally own.

I linked my choices with Amazon because I found the prices for these same items about 30% off of retail at StarPower.

 

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The 52 Language Two Way Live Conversation Speaking Translator

$349.95 from StarPower.   $268.20 from Amazon

 Product Features  Translate your words into 52 languages  Just talk by pushing the button at a place where business / travel communication is required  Online 52 Language Translation  Offline 12 language translation  Two large speakers that sound good even in the noise  Two microphones with high sound collection ability  Image search  When you name the place / building etc, you can see the image of the place / building.  Multimedia  It can be used as image / video playback and voice recorder with MicroSD card.  Word learning  Mathematics / Body / Food / Animals etc. You can learn pronunciation and spelling of 19 categories of basic words (about 1300 words).  Backup and transfer  Back up translated text to MicroSD card.  You can transfer text data to Langie and make it sound.  Group translations not found in other translators / Basic word learning etc. ◆ Lightweight 125 g translator  Detailed description By ” Newsbridge ”

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$286.00 from StarPower.   $254 from Amazon

Pocketalk Language Translator Device

Pocketalk is a portable, AI-powered instant voice translation device that breaks down language barriers and bridges the gap between different spoken languages. It is one single device supporting 74 languages with more coming.

128 countries supported including: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Spain, UK, and Vietnam.

BUILT-IN MOBILE DATA PLAN

The built-in mobile data version of Pocketalk comes with a SIM card already installed. Ready to work out of the box, the built-in Global SIM card gives you internet access in over 100 countries for 2 years. No set ups, no monthly fees, no sign-ups with mobile carriers.

REAL-TIME TWO-WAY TRANSLATION

Pocketalk uses WiFi, mobile data, or a personal hotspot to provide foreign language translations in real time. To operate, press and hold the button as you are speaking. When finished, let go of the button and Pocketalk will provide a translation.

HANDHELD AND PORTABLE

Pocketalk’s size makes it the perfect travel companion. Our language translator device fits comfortably in the palm of your hand. Put it in your pocket, stick it in your purse, or buy a lanyard and wear it around your neck. Its portability means you can take it whenever and wherever you go.

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Vasco Translator Premium 5
StarPower $539   Amazon  $439
Vasco Translator Premium 5″ with scanner is a cutting-edge voice translator that will help you communicate in foreign languages. Forget the language barriers. Just say what you want to say and Vasco will recognize it and pronounce it out loud in the chosen language. Translation and voice recognition done via a WiFi network is unlimited and free of charge. If WiFi is unavailable, the device connects to a GSM network through the built-in SIM card that doesn’t require any contract. The SIM card is topped up with a data package that allows you to translate about 5,000 (depending on the country), which should be sufficient for a few months abroad. To buy the top-up visit www.vasco-sim.com

 

StarPower  $269          Amazon. $199
Best Cheap Online Small Pocket Two-way Translator

Accuracy – The product works with Google Microsoft, so it’s 98% accurate, two-way translation, and local dialect recognition. To ensure the accuracy of the translation, don’t say too much at once. You don’t need to download any APP on your cell phone, just connect to the network or 4G.

Multifunction – The product itself has not only translation function, but also intercom and recording function. Recording can identify people’s voice in noisy environment, record the key points you want, and chat with a few people during the meeting. It can avoid the embarrassment caused by different languages, and also help you to complete negotiation.

Travel – it is very suitable for the elderly, easy to operate, it can easy to get help during the travel. Large speakers allow the machine itself to make loud sounds, which are easy to hear, or to plug in headphones. The machine has a headphone jack.

Occasion – Widely used in travel, conferences, shopping, making friends, eating and reserving meals on campus, helping students to learn, they can learn their favorite language better, do not need the help of teachers from various countries, correct pronunciation.

72 language – Arabic: Oman, Lebanon, Jordan, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Tunisia, Qatar, Kuwait, Iraq, Egypt, Saudi Arabia English: USA, Australia, UK, South Africa, Canada, India, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania. Spanish: Spain, Bolivia, Chile, Mexico, Peru, Argentina. French: Canada, France Portuguese: Brazil, Portugal China (Chinese) Hong Kong (Cantonese) Polish (Polish) Japan (Japanese) Korea (Korean) Denmark (Danish) Germany (German) Thailand (Thai) Italy (Italian) Russia (Russian) Vietnam. 

Salange Sogou pro Smart AI 64 Kinds Language Mutual Voice Translator 3.1" Touch Screen Offline & Picture Translating Support Offline English Chinese
 $430.00 from StarPower.   $368.00 from Amazon
Voice & Picture Language Mutual Translator Parameter:
Two-way and Real-time translation
Color : Blue
Support 64 countries languages mutual online translation:
Chinese, English, Japanese, Korean, Cantonese, Thai, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German,
  Hindi, Russian, Arabic, Armenian, Swedish, Indonesian, Danish, Italian, Dutch, Polish,
  Finnish, Greek, Vietnamese, Czech, Romanian, Slovenian, Hungarian, Malay, Catalan,
  Norwegian, Croatian, Slovak, Tamil, Bulgarian, Hebrew, Afrikaans, Bangla, Filipino,
  Latvian, Lithuanian, Turkish, Urdu, Ukrainian, Persian, Icelandic, Swahili, Telugu,
  Serbian, Malayalam, Marathi,Nepali, Sinhalese, Javanese, Khmer, Basa Sunda
Please note: 
1.The device can only translate mutually the bellow languages offline: 
Chinese-English, Chinese-Japanese and Chinese-Korean.(Both voice and word translation)
  2.The device can translate mutually the bellow languages offline but only word translation(without voice translation): 
Chinese- France, Chinese-German, Chinese-Italian
Chinese- Russian, Chinese-Spanish and Chinese-Portuguese. 
3.All the other mutual languages translation need to connect to wifi or hotspot of handset.
  4.The software of the device keeps updating, it will get more and more offline language translation step by step, It will continue to become more valuable. 
5.All the offline language packages are free to download all the time. And please delete the offline package which you don’t need to use, and just keep the one you need. 
This operation will keep your device to work more faster. And you can download any offline package any time when you need it. 
6.It is normal for a device to have a fever while charging or downloading a language package. 

 

ZOTO Smart Language Translator Device, Instant Portable Two Way Voice Translator Device WiFi 2.4 Inch HD Touch Screen Supports 42 Languages
$239 from StarPower.        $175.99 from Amazon.
Smart Voice Translator: This product is a portable and powerful smart.The Product Is A User-friendly, Portable and Powerful Smart Voice Translator.
ZOTO Smart Language Translator Device Will Do Lots of Help When You Are Traveling In Different Countries.
Two Way Translator Device Supports 42 Languages Which Breaks The Language Barrier.Simplified Chinese, English (US), English (English), Japanese, Korean, Thai, Russian, Arabic, Spanish, Vietnamese, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Cantonese, Traditional Chinese, Indonesian , Italian, Khmer (Cambodian), Dutch, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Serbian, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian, Czech, Danish, German, Greek, English (Australia), English (Canada), English (Ireland), English (Philippines), Finnish, French, Bengali, Malay, Norwegian, Portuguese (Brazil), Tagalog (Filipino)
eMACROS Instant Voice 70 Language Translator Device,Smart Two Way WiFi 2.4inch Touch
$199.99 from StarPower.   $175.00from Amazon
【INTELLIGENT VOICE INTERPRETER】Simultaneous two-way translation in 70 languages it recognizes what you say and then speaks out.
The Product Is A User-friendly, Portable and Powerful Smart Voice Translator.
ZOTO Smart Language Translator Device Will Do Lots of Help When You Are Traveling In Different Countries.
Two Way Translator Device Supports 42 Languages Which Breaks The Language Barrier.Simplified Chinese, English (US), English (English), Japanese, Korean, Thai, Russian, Arabic, Spanish, Vietnamese, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Cantonese, Traditional Chinese, Indonesian , Italian, Khmer (Cambodian), Dutch, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Serbian, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian, Czech, Danish, German, Greek, English (Australia), English (Canada), English (Ireland), English (Philippines), Finnish, French, Bengali, Malay, Norwegian, Portuguese (Brazil), Tagalog (Filipino)
Frontier The Two Way Live Conversation Speaking Translator with Touch Screen, Bluetooth 4.0. 53 Different Language Supported by Google,Microsoft,
$299 from StarPower.      $249.00 from Amazon

Live translator that provides two-way verbal communication between people that don’t share a common language.FAST AND INSTANT REAL TIME TRANSLATIONTWO-WAY TRANSLATION WITH 53 LANGUAGES UNDER WIFI OR MOBIEL HOTSPOT CONNECTION ensures smooth non-interrupted conversation between people who speaks different language. Significant problem solving for communication, language learning, travel, business and more.

BLUETOOTH 4.0 CONNECTION and USER FRIENDLY DESIGN Connect Bluetooth Earphone and Speakers to Translator For Convenience. TOUCH SCREEN& TWO BUTTON DESIGN makes operating the device easy straight forward- touch the screen to excess setting or change communication/system language. Press the upper green button to speak the language appears on the top of the screen with green color, and press the lower orange button to speak the language appears on the bottom of the screen with orange color

HIGHLY SENSITIVE VOICE/LANAGUAGE RECOGNITION TECHNOLOGY NEWEST NOISE CANCELLING TECHNOLOGY enables the device to recognize human voice efficiently even under noising environment.

LONG LASTING BATTERY BATTERY STANDBY 168 HOURS while fully charged with a continues use time of 10+hours. Less worries of long time conversation and standby time while using the device 

TRANSLATE BETWEEN 53LANGUAGES Arabic,Catalan, Czech,Korean,German, Chinese-CN, Canoness , Danish, Dutch, Greek, English-Australia, English- British, English India, English, Finnish, Italian, Japanese ,Hebrew ,French-CA, French, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Norwegian, Polish,Romanian,Russian, Portuguese- BR,Portuguese, Slovak, Spain-SA,Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Malayu, Turkish, Vietnamese and MORE!

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 Well, Have Fun With These Toys, I Have Personally Played With All Of Them And Would Be Happy To Carry Any Of Them While I  In Europe With The Family Soon!
I’m leaning Towards PocketTalk Model But Once Again They all Are Winners!  
Happy Travels!
Chris

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