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Yelp's iOS app now translates reviews you don't understand

Chris Velazco, @chrisvelazco
August 7, 2014
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Itching to squeeze in a last minute summer holiday? You may want to bring Yelp's updated iOS app with you as you traipse through the streets of Stockholm -- it now lets you translate foreign reviews on the fly with just a touch, thanks to a little help from Microsoft's Bing Translator. That means that reviews and recommendations left in any of the 15 languages Yelp supports (English, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, German, Spanish, Italian, Norwegian, French, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Turkish and Japanese, if you were curious) are now fair game, perfect for making sure you don't venture into the wrong kebab joint.

If all this sounds just a little dicey, well, you may be onto something. The end results are all machine translated, so expect them to be lacking in the nuance and subtlety departments. Still, as Yelp points out on its blog, even rough translations can be enough to give a savvy traveler a sense of a spot's worthiness, and there's no such thing as too many opinions about lunch. Alas, Android fans can't join the fun just yet: Yelp plans to bring this feature to you at some point soon, but the company didn't get any more specific than that.

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