Multilingual Speech Translation Application
VoiceTra

Manuals


Screen Components

1. Speech translation screen
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  • The input results, translation results, and back translation results (meaning of translation results) are displayed, in that order.
  • To edit the input text, tap VoiceTra画面.
  • Tap VoiceTra画面 to listen to the speech output again.
  • To expand the result display area, swipe right/left in each field.
  • The translation results are translated back into your own language and shown in the back translation display area (Meaning of translation results). If the text shown here has the same meaning as your original input, the translation results are considered accurate.
  • The text displayed in the 'Translation results' can be copied by double-tapping or holding down the text field.

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2. Other settings
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To display the settings menu, tap VoiceTra画面 at the top right corner of the screen.

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3. Language settings
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This screen shows the list of supported languages that you can select from.
Tapthe globe button on the bottom left of the main screen to change the language setting. You may also go to other settings → settings → "Language Settings" to display this screen.

  • The selected language should be marked with a ‘check’.
  • The screen components are indicated in [green] when selecting the input language (your language) and [orange] when selecting the target language (the language you wish to translate to).
Key to icons
  • マイクマークAUTOつきマイクマーク…Languages that speech input supports
  • スピーカーマーク…Languages that speech output supports
Ver8.2 users
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Try automatic detection of languages (language identification feature).
  • Tap '>' at the top of the language settings screen to select mode: 'AUTO (2 languages)' or 'AUTO'.
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  • Tap 'OK' at the bottom and you are ready to use automatic detection of languages.
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  • In 'AUTO (2 languages)' mode, VoiceTra will automatically detect the input language between the selected pair when performing speech translation. This mode can be enabled when "your language" and "the other person's language" specified in the Settings are both labelled 'AUTO'.
VoiceTra画面 言語選択画面
  • In 'AUTO' mode, VoiceTra will automatically detect the input language among the ones labeled "AUTO" when performing speech translation. This mode can be enabled when "your language" specified in the Settings is labelled 'AUTO'.
  • Tap '?' to see more information about each mode.
  • Selecting different modes can only be done on the language settings screen for the other person.

※Please refer to "9. Automatic detection of languages (language identification)" for further details.

Key to icons
  • AUTOのついたマイクマーク…Languages that auto-detect supports
Ver8.0-8.1.1 users
VoiceTra画面 言語選択画面
Try automatic detection of languages (language identification feature).
  • Enable "Auto-detect languages" at the top of the language selection screen. The switch will only be displayed on the language selection screen for the other person.
VoiceTra画面 言語選択画面
  • Tap 'Enable' on the pop-up screen.
    Check 'Do not show this message again' and the pop-up screen will not be displayed every time you enable auto-detect.
  • The icons beside the languages that support auto-detect will change from マイクマーク  to AUTOのついたマイクマーク.
  • Tap 'OK' at the bottom. This will take you back to the main translation screen and auto-detect will be ready.

※Please refer to "9. Automatic detection of languages (language identification)" for further details.

Key to icons
  • AUTOのついたマイクマーク…Languages that auto-detect supports

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Operation Method

1. How to select languages

There are multiple ways to change languages.

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Tap the globe button on the main screen
  1. Tap the globe button the globe button on the bottom left to display the language selection screen.
  2. Tap the language you wish to select, make sure that a checkmark is placed next to it, and then tap the OK button.

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Change from the "Settings" screen
  1. To open "Other settings", tap VoiceTra画面 at the right end of the operation menu.
  2. Select VoiceTra画面.
  3. Select the languages to translate between under "Language settings".
  4. The "Language settings" screen should be displayed. Select the language(s) and tap OK.

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2. How to change the direction of translation and display the translation results to show the other person.
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Tap or swipe the target language in order to change the input language.

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Only the translation results will be displayed once the input language has been changed. Show this screen to the other person and swipe the target language to take turns.

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3. Speech input
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Tap the microphone button and speak. Hold the device close to your mouth when speaking. The amount of time available for speech input is 20 seconds.

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Tips for inputting speech

Keep your message brief and concise.

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4. Text input
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To enable text input, tap your language preference.

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Enter text using the keyboard and tap "Done". The number of letters available for text input is 250 letters.

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5. Tips

Display and use the Tips screen to explain how to use the app to the other person.
Refer to "Tutorial" when giving further explanations.

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Tap VoiceTra画面 in the operation menu at the top of the screen.

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Select a topic from the tutorial list to show the other person.

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The tutorials are given with illustrations and text.
Tips for some of the languages will be displayed in English.

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6. How to change the font size
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Tap VoiceTra画面 in the operation menu at the top of the screen.

Three font sizes are available.

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7. How to report errors

The "Report error" function can be used to report errors which may be found in the results.

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Tap VoiceTra画面 in the operation menu at the top of the screen.

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The "Report error" screen will be displayed. Please indicate where the error(s) is contained and submit. See "Report Errors" procedure for further details.

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8. Other menu items
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To display setting menus, tap VoiceTra画面 in the upper right of the screen.

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The other menu items are displayed.

The “OMOTENASHI GUIDE” app can be launched by tapping the “OMOTENASHI GUIDE” icon in the menu. If the app is not installed, this will take you to the download page.

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Settings
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Tap "Settings" from the menu items in order to configure the settings.

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The following can be configured from the settings screen.

Language settings
  • Select the languages to translate between.
    How to select languages.
  • The character encoding can be specified for Myanmar. *Available for Android only.
Speech input
  • "Hold device to your ear to speak" ... Activates the proximity sensor and speech input can be triggered by holding the device to your ear as you would to speak on the phone.
  • "End speech input automatically"... Automatically detects the end of speech and starts translation without tapping the microphone button.
Play translation results in audio

You can select when to play the speech output (synthesized speech of the translation results) from the following options.

  • "Auto-play speech output when translated"... Plays speech immediately after the source language is input and the translation is completed.
  • "Play speech output when switching languages"... Plays speech when the input language is switched to the target language.
Speech output settings (voice gender)

You can select male/female voice for speech output.

  • You can select male/female voice for "Your language" and "The other person's language". They are both set to "Female" by default.
  • Tap the language you wish to configure and select female/male voice from the pop-up menu which will be displayed.
    Please note that the setting will not be applied for languages that only support either one of the voices.
  • Changes will be applied from the next translation request.
INQUIRY NUMBER

A unique number assigned to your particular copy of the app when it is installed. You may be asked for this number when making inquiries about certain issues you may have.

 

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History
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Tap "History" from the menu to view your past inputs of the selected language.

You can select a sentence from the "History" list to display it on the translation screen again. You can take advantage of this feature by translating frequently-used sentences in advance and calling them back as necessary.

The "History" list can store up to 1,000 sentences. When the number of sentences exceeds the limit, the new ones will replace the oldest ones.

Select "History"

Select a sentence from "History".

The selected item from the "History" list will be displayed in the "Input results" on the translation screen.

The "Translation results" will be displayed in the designated language.

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Sort history

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Delete history

Swipe the item in the history list to display the "Delete" button. (Long tap the item to display the delete menu for Android versions)

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Tutorial
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Tap "Tutorial" from the menu to display further details about how to use the app in both source/target languages.
Tips for some of the languages will be displayed in English.

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Select which language to display the tutorial in.

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The tutorial is given with illustrations and text.
Tap 'Next >' to read further.

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9. Automatic detection of languages (language identification)

Ver8.2 users
VoiceTra画面 下部のマイクボタン画像
'AUTO (2 languages)'

Enable 'AUTO (2 languages)' mode, select the other person's language from the list, and tap 'OK'. You will then see on the main screen that the microphone button is displayed in[orange] and [green] and that the selected language is set as the other person's language.

VoiceTra画面 相手の言語選択画面

Tap the microphone button and speak in either one of the selected languages. VoiceTra will automatically detect the input language so users can carry conversations without having to specify the translation direction.

To disable auto-detect, tap 言語選択マーク and select 'Manual' mode from the language settings screen.

On the main screen, long tap the other person's language to enable 'AUTO' mode.



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'AUTO'

Enable 'AUTO' mode and tap 'OK'. You will then see on the main screen that the microphone button is displayed in[orange] and [green] and that the other person's language is set to 'AUTO'.

VoiceTra画面 相手の言語選択画面

Tap the microphone button and speak in any of the languages that auto-detect supports. The app will detect the language and perform speech translation. The name of the language detected will be displayed as the other person's language.

Words spoken in what has been set as 'your language' will be recognized and translated into the other person's designated language.

To disable auto-detect, tap 言語選択マークand select 'Manual' mode from the language settings screen.

On the main screen, long tap the other person's language to enable 'AUTO (2 languages)' mode.

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See which languages can be auto-detected

Tap 言語確認マーク in front of "AUTO" to see the list of languages that auto-detect supports.


※Please refer to "Try automatic detection of languages (language identification feature)" for further details.


Ver8.0〜8.1.1 users
VoiceTra画面 下部のマイクボタン画像
How to try automatic detection of languages

After enabling "Auto-detect languages," the microphone button on the main translation screen will be displayed in [orange] and [green], and the other person's language should be labeled as "AUTO".

VoiceTra画面 相手の言語選択画面

Tap the microphone button and speak in any of the languages that auto-detect supports. The app will detect the language and perform speech translation. The name of the language detected will be displayed as the other person's language.

Words spoken in what has been set as 'your language' will be recognized and translated into the other person's designated language.

Tap the 言語選択マーク button and turn "Auto-detect languages" off to disable auto-detect.

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See which languages can be auto-detected

Tap 言語確認マーク in front of "AUTO" to see the list of languages that auto-detect supports.


※Please refer to "Try automatic detection of languages (language identification feature)" for further details.

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Fonts and keyboards

1. Fonts
Android

Non-OS-standard fonts for foreign languages will not be displayed properly.
Please install the fonts at your own risk.

You can switch between "Zawgyi-One font" and "Unicode-supported font" for Myanmar.

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2. Keyboards
iOS

OS-standard keyboards are not available for Myanmar, Lao, and Khmer on devices running iOS12 or earlier.
Please purchase the keyboards from the App Store as necessary. For Myanmar, please use a Myanmar3-supported keyboard.

Reference application (confirmed release as of Aug. 25, 2016)

NICT will not be held responsible for any trouble caused by installing the keyboards. Please use them at your own risk.

Myanmar (Myanmar3 supported)
・WeKey
Khmer
・ttKeyboard
Lao
・Souliyo Key - Lao Keyboard

Android

Please install non-OS-standard keyboards at your own risk.

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