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It’s a big world out there, with a thousand sounds to take in and experience. According to the World Ethnologue, there are 7,000 languages currently spoken worldwide today. And while you might not encounter each and every one the next time you travel, it’s likely your $5 phrase book won’t cover every conversation.
Luckily, there are a number of language translation and dictionary apps available for smartphones now, offering everything from personal word banks to real-time conversation translation. Don’t settle for a blank stare being your way of picking up the local language – check out these five translations apps that can make your overseas trip simpler.
Simply, Google Translate can do it all.
Google Translate’s ability to translate between sounds, words and images offline isn’t applicable to its full range of languages.
The app is available on both iOS and Android.
It’s the best dictionary-based translation apps available, offering translations between over 90 different languages. It’s also one of the most widely used language apps worldwide.
iTranslate’s free edition is supported by ads and has limited language capabilities. The premium edition is also the most expensive app available on this list.
iTranslate is supported on both iOS and Android.
The app focuses on real-time conversation translation between 100 languages. This is excellent for when you’re speaking to a taxi driver and need to provide directions quickly.
Translator requires an internet connection, meaning you’d be tied to public Wi-Fi hotspots. Also, other competing translation apps are free.
The limited Translator Speak is free, while Translate Pro costs $3.99 as a once off purchase.
Translator Speak and Translate Pro are available on the Apple App Store.
SayHi is a universal translator offering speech-to-speech translation in 90 languages and regional dialects.
Certain languages are available for text-only. Also, SayHi requires an internet connection.
SayHi is available for access on iOS, Android and Kindle devices.
The app is able to translate voice, typed words and real-time images, matching the abilities of Google Translate. It can also save offline language packs of personal phrases.
Microsoft Translator only supports 61 languages. Also, the app lacks Google’s equivalent real-time video translation feature.
Microsoft Translator is enabled for iOS, Android and, of course, Windows mobile devices.
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