English is my first tongue, but my family doesn't have a whole lot of native speakers. So, sadly, I'll often find myself at family functions nodding politely at French jokes aimed my way. Which makes Vocre a godsend for those many awkward family situations.
What's it do?
Vocre is a voice-recognition app that makes it easier for two people to have a conversation across a language barrier. Kinda like having a UN translator in your hand. Plus it's powered by Nuance—
which Apple recently bought—so you know it's capable. The app will prompt you to pick a gender and the languages you want translated. Then you just flip the phone and speak. You'll see what you said onscreen and can retry if it doesn't get things right. You can then hand your phone off to your otherwise unintelligible friend, and they'll get the translation both in text and in the voice of whichever gender you picked. And so on and so forth until you're done chatting. Right now you can translate between English, Spanish, French, Italian, Chinese, German, and Japanese. Pretty awesome.