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A talking translator is a software program for translating words or phrases, spoken or as text, from one language into another. The audio output information is accompanied by phonetic text in many programs. Often it is a handheld device but PDA, laptop and desktop talking translator software is also available.
This term is also known as an electronic dictionary and a 2-way multi-language communicator.
Uses of a talking translator include learning languages, traveling in foreign countries, U.S. Defense Department interrogations and others where understanding another language is useful or imperative.
A single software packages for up to 12 or 14 languages is common. Prices vary from $13 for a 6-language talking translator to over $700 for a 2-way multi-language communicator and electronic dictionary.