Google and Bing Apps for the iPhone Won’t Translate Spoken Swear Words – in Any Language

Yeah, I use “swear words” on a regular basis. I don’t think that makes me a bad person, either. At least I don’t mispronounce “nuclear!”

I’m also guilty of wanting to learn the “bad words” in other languages – if only to know when someone is calling me something I’d rather not be called. And knowing is half the battle. I know I’m not alone in this respect. What’s the first sentence YOU try to translate when you’re using a translation app for the first time? I can’t be the only one.

So, imagine my surprise when I fired up the brand new Google Translate app for the iPhone, spoke clearly into the mic, and saw it populate the fields with hashes:

Google Translate App for the iPhone Won't Let You Cuss - in Any Language

Worse yet? The voice translation reads the hashes aloud – in whatever language it’s translated. At least Google could include a universal *bleep* sound if they’re not going to let me f**king do what I want to f**king do. šŸ™‚

Now, I happen to think this app (overall) is pretty damn genius – and it’s highly recommended for any one of you traveling abroad with an international data plan in hand. Go ahead – try it with any other language that Google translates (French, Spanish, Albanian, etc.). For some reason, and with no filtering toggle available in the app’s settings, Google doesn’t want me cussing in other languages.

So, what about Bing? I tried saying that same phrase five times:

Bing App Ignores Spoken Swear Words

Bing seems to pretend that you didn’t really say it at all. That’s even worse.

Of course, each one of these apps will let you key in a swear word – so why don’t they like you speaking it into the microphone? Is that, somehow, worse? It could certainly be argued that a more sensitive person might say “I would like to eat your shiitake dish” and see a less-than-desirable translation.

However, shouldn’t each of these apps at least give us the option to learn about our favorite swears?

How To Chat and Translate Conversations in Different Langauge


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Do you understand the words I’m speaking right now? If you don’t understand the English language, it will be difficult for you. There are a lot of languages here on Earth. What if you want to communicate with someone who doesn’t speak your language well? You want to chat with them in “real-time”, and you don’t want to have to use some translator that makes you copy and paste by the sentence or paragraph. What can you do?

Enter BabelWith.Me. Communicate with anyone, anywhere in up to 45 languages. BabelWith.me is a simple, free group chat that automatically translates your conversation as you type. Simply set up a chat and invite others using your unique URL. Choose the language you are speaking (and others choose theirs). The service will automatically translate everything others say in their own language into YOUR language!

BabelWith.me is a web-based tool, so you won’t need to install any software to use it. Each conversation can have up to 45 languages at once! Language is no longer a barrier! It’s easy to talk with anyone in the world, whether they march to your drum or not.

If you know of other excellent (and free!) services, let me know. I’d love to check them out.

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What am I saying? Translate This!

I asked people to translate this video:

Cesardom thinks he figured it out:

Who is Keyser Soze? He is supposed to be Turkish. Some say his father was German. Nobody believed he was real. Nobody ever saw him or knew anybody that ever worked directly for him, but to hear Kobayashi tell it, anybody could have worked for Soze. You never knew. That was his power. The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.

whallify gave ‘er a go:

First of all, I’d like to thank you for proving that our economy is not in a downturn. If people can randomly pay good money for an online pay-to-speak-in-tongues market, we are still good. However, while I’m on the topic, I’d like to vent a little at all you losers out there who don’t like Vista. You haven’t even tried it! You make me weep for our children. Open your eyes. YOUR EYES! ON YOUR HEAD! OPEN THEM! And try out Desktop Search. It is can haz awesommness.

jusso11 might be on the right track:

That day I installed windows vista ruined my entire experience of Microsoft. I hated it. The friggin thing crashed my computer! But then I switched to OS X and it was great, things like iPhoto, iTunes, iMovie, Keynote, Pages, Numbers, Photobooth, Safari, Camino, and EVERYTHING, so good, better than Windows. Much, much better than Windows.

LisaLeeLa believe she knows all:

There’s too much caffiene in my coffee, I feel jittery, and I need to find alternatives to wake me up and jump start my day! Doesnt help that Wicket and Pixie peed all over my clean laundry, and Ponzi yelled at me for leaving clothes out in harms way rather than putting them in the closet and drawers where they belong!

Perhaps the best translation came from lonelygirll5:

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What Do You Use to Translate Words into Different Languages?


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When I was in Germany, I needed to pick up a translation gadget. I probably slaughtered most of what I attempted to say, but at least I tried. What happens when you need to communicate with someone who doesn’t speak the same language? What if you don’t have much time to wait on a translation? I gotta give credit to my friend Mona. She always finds the most amazing links to things, and this is no exception. MeGlobe is “Instant Messaging with Instant Translation”.

MeGlobeā„¢ was built to diminish language barriers from online communication. Our free web client lets you type in your own language, but sends a translated version, in near real time, specific to the native tongue of whomever you are chatting with. With MeGlobeā„¢ there is no such thing as ‘lost in translation.’

Signing up is quick, easy and FREE. Just click on “Signup,” give us some basic info and you’re ready to start chatting with people all over the world. No downloads are required, you don’t need to install anything and you can use MeGlobeā„¢ from any computer with a browser and Internet connection.

We live in a highly connected global village. Isn’t it time we take language out of the equation so we can talk to our neighbors?

Read this last line again: Isn’t it time we take language out of the equation so we can talk to our neighbors? You bet it is, and MeGlobe is a great way to start.

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Franklin Language Translator


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http://live.pirillo.com/ – While in Frankfurt recently, we had an amazing time. The food was great, the people were friendly, and the city was beautiful. However, Ponzi and I neither one speak a lick of German.

We managed to get around by using hand gestures, pointing, smiling a lot, and saying “Sprechen Sie Englisch?” often. I am a coffee fanatic, and there is ONE thing I must have in my coffee… real, heavy cream. When I would ask for it in Germany, they kept bringing me milk or half and half. So, off to Conrad’s we went. This store is kind of like a Best Buy meets Radio Shack. The prices weren’t bad, I suppose. I picked up a handy little Franklin Language Translator. I was able to type in a word or phrase, and instantly translate it into German. Of course, my pronunciation still left a lot to be desired. But overall, it helped Ponzi and I communicate a bit better during our stay.

Even though the word Internet is apparently pronounced the same in every single language I tried… for the most part, this little device works really well.

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