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This article was published on December 8, 2009

iLingual: iPhone application shows you how to speak a foreign language

iLingual: iPhone application shows you how to speak a foreign language
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Khaled AlSaleh

Khaled’s passion for tech started at a young age. He believes it may have been somewhere around the age of four when he first tried to elect Khaled’s passion for tech started at a young age. He believes it may have been somewhere around the age of four when he first tried to electrocute himself while putting the laws of physics to test, and the age of 6 when he received his first computer, a ZX Spectrum 16K/48K. Since then, he has developed a passion for all things digital and has been known to spend hours fiddling with toasters that have some intelligence in them. He still can’t make a sandwich though! To learn more about Khaled visit his LinkedIn profile at http://ae.linkedin.com/in/alsaleh

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to speak another language? Well, thanks to a brilliant new application for the iPhone released by Emirates Airlines you need to wonder no more!Emirates_Logo

iLingual is a fun little app developed by Lean Mean Fighting Machine for Emirates Airlines, the Award Winning Dubai-based career (yes, the Dubai from the news).

The application is designed to translate some essential phrases from English into French, German and Arabic!

How does it work? Quite simple really. You take a picture of your mouth (or anyone else’s for that matter), iLingual will analyze this, with the support of a complex algorithm no doubt, and prepare it for conversion into an animation.

Now, pick a phrase from any of a library of 400 or so. Hold the phone over your mouth, a must for any self-respecting tourist, and voila: you can now speak flawless French, German or Arabic to get by! Brilliant!

Furthermore, you’re free to choose whether you want a male or female voice and you may also adjust the pitch to match your own!

The video below was taken during the application’s testing in France.

The application is available free of charge, thanks to Emirates Airlines’ sponsorship, from iTunes.