We've been waiting to get our hands on this for a while. A full review will be coming later, but, suffice it to say, this machine translation app works surprisingly well. Granted, expectations were low from the start. It does fine with the easy basic stuff that you might encounter trying to give directions on the street.
The above image shows me speaking in Japanese, saying 「このアプリは私の変な日本語を理解できるのでしょうか？」。This was one of the first things I said to it, and was absolutely shocked that it got it right - That is exactly what I said in Japanese. It's definitely hit and miss though. I've had about the same results speaking to it in both Japanese and English.
So I decided to throw something a little more difficult at it: some classics from the Japanese comedy duo The Rahmens. Totally crashed and burned but certainly get an "E" for effort.
Sushi ha geta ni nosete dasaremasu.
Sushi is served on geta.
shujin ha jikka ni tasuke dasaremasu.
The master is saved by the parent's house.
shoudoku shita mono wo shiyou shitemasunode, anshin shite sushi wo taberaremasu.
Disinfected geta are used so you can relax and enjoy the sushi.
shoudaku shita mono wo shiyou shitemasunode, anshin shite sushi wo shiraberaremasu.
Because I use the thing which I consented to, it is checked in place.
kore wo sonomama haite kaeru hito mo imasu.
Some people just wear them home.
kore wo sonomama irekaeru hito ga imasu.
There is the person who just replaces this.
ooku no nihonjin no ashi kara su no nioi ga suru no ha, kono tame desu.
ooku no nihonjin rashi kara tuneni henka shinakatta tame desu.
This is because much Japanese rashikara did not always change.
Here's the audio transcript (no video, just audio). There's a bonus from the "ShimBASH" video at the end.
If you want to try this out, it is free for docomo subscribers who:
- You are a Docomo user with an active data plan.
- Connected with FOMA 3G or Xi LTE - NO WIFI CONNECTIONS.