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Lexifone 2 released – translate phone calls to another language

Lexifone, the world leader in automated multi-language speech translation, today announced Lexifone 2, the first phone service equipped with the ability to translate nearly every major language, now in real-time.

The original service required a brief tutorial before use and users to pause between sentences and keep them to a certain length as well as push keypad buttons to switch languages back and forth. Now, Lexifone 2 translates both sides automatically, allowing both people to enjoy the freedom of conversing without interruption, even if both sides happen to speak at the same time.

"Our goal will always be to come closer and closer to translated speech that mimics exactly the way we speak and hear conversation in our native tongue," said Ike Sagie, founder and CEO of Lexifone." Lexifone 2 is a leap forward in this direction. “Nothing like this has ever been available on the market and we\'ll continue to improve its performance and add features.”

Sagie admits that Lexifone’s translation is not 100 percent accurate, but points out that perfect translation may not even be possible and insists that the service’s linguistic engine is at the forefront of automated translation. Lexifone 2 is a real time and asynchronous phone service. Each sentence is processed at the moment it\'s spoken and the service no longer needs to stop you at each sentence. Once you are done talking the system will pour out the translation. There is no voice training needed and the translation is provided automatically over the phone. Therefore, the service is available from any phone, landline or mobile from anywhere in the world, at any time.

Current languages include three different flavors of English (U.S., U.K. and Australia), European Spanish and Mexican Spanish, European Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Italian, European French, Canadian French, Russian, Chinese Mandarin, Taiwanese Mandarin and now Hebrew. While dialects, accents and noise can affect the accuracy of the translation, Lexifone achieves the highest possible accuracy available today in an on-the-fly environment.

The Lexifone 2 app is also available for Android through the Google Play Store. At the moment, new Lexifone accounts come with a $1.25 credit to try it out, and Sagie says the Android app provides a streamlined experience. An iOS version is on the way.

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