Living in Spain? Speak very little Spanish? No problem for Translate4me members as they have a number to send a “Call Me” SMS to their translator. The service can be pre-booked as well.
Perhaps when taking a car with a problem to the local garage and no one speaks English, which is difficult if you want to know how much it will cost and how long before it is ready.
For that and similar situations where understanding each other in real-time is important, T4M members have access to a human translator ready to join your conversation using a mobile phone to ensure all sides can communicate.
Members of T4M can arrange to send an SMS to their allocated personal translator, who will call back and translate in real-time with the phone switched to speaker so that you and the person you are dealing with are understood.
To be able to use our translate4me service, you need a mobile (UK or EU number) that is able to send an SMS to a Spanish mobile number. If you can send an SMS to a Spanish mobile, then it is well worth registering as a member just in case you need a translator on the phone one day.
As a member of T4M, you will have a personal “call me” translator as a contact with a dedicated T4M Spanish mobile number. Membership costs €5, which is a one-time-only joining fee. The link to become a member is at the bottom of the page and in the menu.
After registering, you may never need to use the service and pay nothing more, but if the day comes that you need help from a translator and you have your mobile on you, you will be so glad you registered as a member and had your allocated translator stored as a contact.
The service, should you need it, works like this: When you need your translator, you send them a (Call Me) SMS from your mobile to the T4M number you were given. Once the SMS is received, your translator calls you straight away if the SMS request has been pre-booked or if they are available without prior notice.
After accepting the call, you switch your phone to speaker, and whoever the translator is translating for can hear them.
It is best to use the online booking form link that you were sent as well if you know more or less when you need their service. That makes the service cheaper as it is only 8€ when pre-booked instead of 10€ for a ten-minute call.
An excellent example of how to use this service is this. If you know you are going to a specialist shop to buy something that requires being delivered and the staff do not speak English, you request your translator in advance using your booking form link to accept your “Call Me” SMS between 11.00 and 11.30 next Tuesday the 18th, (for example). They will confirm the booking by e-mail.
Alternatively, registered members can send a “Call Me” SMS without pre-booking and hope the translator is free. This service costs 10€ for ten minutes if they can provide it.
A good example of this level of service is if your car breaks down and the recovery driver sent by the insurance company turns up and does not speak a word of English. Using the “Call Me” system, the translator can then explain to him where you want the car taken to and issue any further instructions.
Now, to the important part. The service T4M provides is not explicitly intended for people to use daily. It is more of a “when-in-need” or “planned” service. You cannot use the service if you are not a member.
Fancy having a personal translator as a contact on your mobile to call on just in case in the future? If so, becoming a member for €5 is all it takes,