Having lived in Asia — specifically Korea for two years now, I’ve had a lot of unique experiences. It can be fun, exciting, and even scary learning to live in a new place. Things like cultural differences and language barriers can make for interesting situations. While I can read the Korean alphabet (hangul), I still struggle with conversation. I know certain words and phrases but I admit that I need a lot of help understanding and speaking in Korean. I’ve had my fair share of awkward situations due to my inability to speak the language (I’ll save that for another post 🙂 ).
If you travel internationally for work or pleasure or if you’re an expat living abroad, you too may find yourself in these difficult moments. It can be challenging communicating directions, speaking during an important meeting, or properly communicating at a medical office. It can be uncomfortable and confusing in these scenarios. This is where it can be beneficial to use translation tools to make life a lot easier.
I recently was invited to check out a new app — it’s called whym. It works a bit differently than some translation apps you may be used to using. Instead of plugging in some text or a photo of text, you have access to a live interpreter through a phone call. This is especially helpful if you find yourself stuck in an important conversation or if you have a big meeting planned and you know that the language gap may be an issue. The whym translation app can be used on Android and iOS and is available in the Google Play Store and the App Store.
The following languages are currently supported: Arabic, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish. There will be more languages added in the near future.
How exactly does it work? All you need to do is download the whym translation app onto your phone. You will then fill in your information — such as your name, email address, and phone number. Then you select the language that you need help with. Once you’re in need of translation assistance, you place a call with the app and are connected to an interpreter. If for some reason a translator isn’t available, the app will try to connect you to another interpreter. Your call is then answered and you can get the help that you need so that you’re no longer lost in translation! This can make those awkward moments a little less weird!
Here’s what I like about this app:
- It’s available in multiple languages. This means that even when I travel outside of Korea, I can get the help that I need (I’m planning to go to Italy this fall, so I may need it!)
- The app itself is simple to use and works after just a couple of clicks
- It can be used for a number of situations when communicating with others
I was impressed with this new app! If you’re interested in making living in another language easier, be sure to give the whym translation app a try. You can learn more about its abilities and see when more languages are added.
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