I have been trying to learn Spanish since almost 2 years now. Not that I am a very slow learner, I am just not focusing into it. I completed few lessons in Duolingo then took a huge break, started again, then took a break again. Eventually I realized I need to do something so that learning Spanish becomes just a part of my daily routine. That’s how I came up with Hello Hola – Learn as you type!.
What if everything I communicated could be translated in real-time. Not possible as I talk in real world, but surely possible in digital world. So I sat down a weekend building this app on Android. I started out with Google Translate API, then tried out Microsoft and Yandex Translation APIs. I have all three implementations ready, though the current app runs only on Microsoft Translation API.
Hello Hola also has some additional options like – copy, paste, replace, reverse translation and speak out.
Here’s a demo,
Hello Hola currently is of course not a one-stop solution for learning a language, but more of an add on tool with other learning apps like Duolingo, Babbel and Busuu. But I think it can be expanded over to introduce chat network within the app, followed by voice chat with real time translation.
Would love to get some opinions on this. Do you think market has a scope for a product like this? Translation now is dependent on 3rd party APIs, but with right technology and people it can be built ground up in-house.