It’s summer for half of the globe. Summer means vacations. Vacations normally mean trips abroad. And trips are amazing… until you get lost in translation and repeatedly take the wrong turn.
Yes, that’s happening to poor lost international travelers, right as you read this. However, miscommunication caused by language barriers is something we trump more easily everyday, thanks to apps.
The Appszoom team doesn’t want you to end up in the suburbs when you were supposed to see the downtown sights. So let’s nip miscommunication in the bud with this compilation of excellent translators and language learning apps. Ready?
Hands down, Google Translate is the best translation app with respect to multi-language support, accuracy, and simplicity. Powered by Google, of course, so it’s not a really coincidence.
Don’t expect too many features though (that’s where simplicity comes in). Text-to-speech, voice input, history/star favorite translation, and SMS translator support. But what’s really amazing is its performance: high-quality and precise translation thanks to Google’s database and search engine. 60 languages available, related expressions, picture,s and detailed info.
WordReference isn’t just a translation app. It’s also a dictionary that includes definitions, synonyms, antonyms, and conjugations for many languages. It has also multi-language support (not as as wide as Google Translate, but pretty decent).
In addition, and unlike other services, one of the strongest points of WordReference is its community. If you aren’t satisfied with the translation, you can always look up answers by real people on the forums, which boasts both native and non-native users.
Yet another must-have app. The one you need if want a more worldy approach to language.
Text translators are good but sometimes you don’t even know how to write the word your interlocutor is pronouncing. That’s where Lyngo comes in.
Lyngo is a complete voice and text translator which also supports multiple languages (over 30 in total). It makes it easy to translate any word or sentence you type or pronounce in your mother language to any language you want. Likewise, you can do it the other way, which is actually the most useful for your trips abroad. Accurate and easy to use.
You must upgrade to the pro version to have full access to all language packages.
Text and voice translator are useful tools that you can use both abroad and at home for language learning purposes. However, Word Lens is primarily useful when you are abroad. Why? Because it uses the rear camera of your device to instantly translate any printed word you point at. How does that sound?
A perfect solution to understand posters and signs, written indications, and menus – you name it. Open the app, point at the word, and voilà… the word is translated into your chosen language.
Word Lens supports multiple languages. However, having full access to some language packages requires upgrading to the Pro version.
There’s an alternative to translators of any kind (text, voice and OCR): learning the local language yourself. Of course, that’s a tougher way to understand the locals, but also the most gratifying.
This is the official app of the well-known language learning web platform Duolingo. It features translation, listening, sorting, and vocabulary exercises, plus a final test to check if you’ve really got the concepts. Lessons are organized to help you learn vocabulary in a comprehensive way. Grammar difficulty increases gradually which guarantees no one is left behind. Lessons can be repeated as many times as you want, and, since exercises are randomly generated, you’ll always be challenged until the concepts are reinforced.
Learn at your own pace with this award-winning app.