Review: iTranslate For Mac


Technology has helped make a lot of modern day processes and tasks more streamlined, easier and more fun. Take for example, the task of learning a new language. What used to be a very tedious, monotonous task full of flash cards, boring reading and books upon books full of text has blossomed into a very rich, engaging experience. Services online like Duolingo and Memrise are just two of countless examples of the barriers to learning another language being broken down. But as awesome as many of these now available tools are, sometimes you want/need translation help right now. You don’t want to go through multiple clicks, browser tabs and open windows (much less physical books and page flipping) to find the translation you need. That’s where iTranslate for Mac shines, ultimately making your language learning process even easier.
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The status bar nature of the (tiny) app means there aren’t multiple menus or a sea of buttons to get lost in. Setup upon the first time launching said app is super simple and comes with but a couple of customizable options, one of which is the ability to create a custom shortcut combo for launching iTranslate. (During setup there is an option to allow iTranslate to run at startup.)

Once the introductory stuff is out of the way, it’s time to translate stuff. With over 80 languages at your fingertips, you’ve literally got the world at your fingers here. Grammatical and contextual nuances and errors aside, iTranslate will make branching out and talking to new people regardless of native language much faster and dare we say even enjoyable.

If you’re trying to learn a new language one of the best ways is to immerse yourself. Everything you can consume whether it be music, TV, communication, etc. is like a never ending exercise for your brain. For iTranslate’s $4.99 asking price, we think the bare bones nature of it and always there utility makes it an incredibly valuable tool to have. Similarly, if your job or hobby calls for communicating with individuals speaking another language, the no fuss design and functionality is again a must have.

Screen Shot 2014-07-13 at 8.59.42 PMThe team over at Sonico GmbH has managed to take the awesome simplicity that iTranslate has featured on iOS for awhile now and port it over to Mac without weighing it down. To us, that’s $4.99 well spent.


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