Oktoberfest 2012 German Language Guide: Behind the Scenes

With Oktoberfest in full swing and as a team full of people that are passionate about travel, foreign languages, and, well…beer, we decided a great way to demonstrate the potential of VerbalizeIt technology would be to create a guide containing all of the German statements you’d need to know to have a fantastic time at Oktoberfest.

The result was VerbalizeIt’s first language guide: Oktoberfest 2012.  Even if you’re not heading to Munich for Oktoberfest, you should definitely check it out, you never know when you might need to tell a German woman that she’s beautiful, or shout “Let’s ride the rollercoaster!” in German.

How’d we do it?

We started by figuring out what phrases you’d most likely need to know while traveling to Germany for Oktoberfest (this was a fun adventure in Googling and we are now all experts in all-things Oktoberfest).

Next we used the VerbalizeIt Translation API to get English text translated into German text and audio.

The last and final step was to code up a simple website featuring the English text, German text, and German audio. The result is our Oktoberfest 2012 German Language Guide

It’s worth noting that VerbalizeIt does support direct text-to-audio translation but we wanted to make sure and have both the German text and audio for everyone to see.

We hope you enjoy our very first language guide!  What future guides would you like to see?

*Oktoberfest picture courtesy of Flickr user uLe @ Dortmun

VerbalizeIt and Skype in the Classroom

Skype in the Classroom

We are proud to announce that VerbalizeIt is now a partner of Skype in the Classroom!

Skype in the classroom is an educational initiative from Skype to help connect students across the globe as well as bring experts in various fields into classrooms across the world.  VerbalizeIt has partnered with Skype in the Class Room in two ways:

  1. Teachers can integrate our human translators into their classrooms live! This would enable students to practice learning another language with a fluent speaker or allow classes to listen to presentations in foreign languages and have our translators  translate the presentation live.  The possibilities are endless…
  2. Students anywhere in the world can learn from the experts on our team!  VerbalizeIt founders Ryan Frankel and Kunal Sarda have made themselves available to teach students across the world about entrepreneurship and what it’s like to build a cutting-edge technology company.

Are you a teacher or student who would love one of these VerbalizeIt projects for your classroom? Check out our projects direction on Skype in the Classroom, then contact us today.

More about Skype in the Classroom:

Give the Gift of VerbalizeIt!

We’ve had numerous customers ask us how they could buy VerbalizeIt for someone else and we’re happy to announce that we’ve now made it incredibly easy to do so!

Do you know someone traveling overseas who would benefit from having phone-based access to a human translator on-demand? Now you can give them the gift of VerbalizeIt!

Visit http://www.verbalizeit.com/select_plan/gift and select how many minutes you’d like to give. We have amounts ranging from 5 minutes to 200 minutes to meet all of your translation needs.