For all those unilingual schmos who’ve thought they were telling some lucky foreigner “hey, I like the cut of your jib” in another tongue, but instead said something like “you chicken dance the burning planets,” I sympathize. And also laugh. To make up for the laughing, here’s a tip — a trick app to pull out next time: Sendboo. It’s a free app that automatically translates your “hey, baby” to “olá, bebê” — or into 29 other languages besides Portuguese. Fantástico.
The interface works just like any other instant message app. Type in your message, and hit send — the service translates the message when it arrives on the other end, based on the language preference the recipient has selected. Of course, this means both of you need to be using Sendboo.
There’s also a $4 premium version, but as far as we can tell, the only difference between the two is that one has ads and the other doesn’t.
Here’re the thirty languages the app supports:
Arabic, Catalan, Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese.