The Best Translation Apps for Travelers

Being a native speaker or simply knowing English can save you a lot of time, nerves and money when traveling.

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Starting with a check-in/check-out at the airport, where you can be asked a couple of questions about the purpose of your visit, insurance or accommodation stuff, and ending with the around-the-city navigation, touring or simple food ordering.

But what if you don`t speak English and not a single folk knows your mother-tongue? The Word Point resource has dug a few applications that ease down the life of a traveler.

Google Translate

No doubt it is the most popular translating application in the world. It supports text translations in 103 languages online and 52 languages in the offline package. Can recognize and translate text from the photo to 37 languages, e.g.: not sure whether it`s an allowance or restriction? – just take a photo and Google will translate it. The function of self-education allows teaching your app the exact meaning of a word, a phrase or a sentence by simply editing it. The app is fully free and available for all devices.

Microsoft Translator

Although it`s not the most practical application to use, it supports 60 languages, 10 of which it can recognize and translate in speech or from a photo. Knows Klingon language, which can be useful. The app is available for all devices.

iTranslate Voice

It allows performing voice translations in 44 languages online and 36 offline. However, most of its functions are available only in the upgraded version with the cost of $6.99. The app is available on iOS and Android platforms, although speech recognition problems can occur with some Android devices.

TripLingo

Probably one of the best instant-speech translator with the ability to translate real-time phone calls (human translator for an additional fee). It supports around 100 languages online and 42 languages offline, has an interactive phrasebook (which is actually useful if you`d like to learn the language) and provides users with an emergency guidance. The app is available only for iOS and Android devices.

TextGrabber

Although there isn`t a free trial version of this application (the basic price goes at $4.99), it possesses some extra useful functions like instant capturing of a text from a live video stream and making all the links, phone numbers, etc. clickable; any text from a book, TV or computer screen digitalizing with instant translation to 113 languages. As well, as word-by-word translation in 22 languages with Lingvo Dictionaries. The app is available for iOS and Android devices.

WayGo

If you`re traveling to Asia, your must-to-be-downloaded app is WayGo. It perfectly works for Chinese, Japanese and Korean into English and vice versa, performs translations from the photos and is fully offline. The app is available for iOS and Android devices.

PapaGo

Another application that perfectly works for translations scheme English-Chinese/Japanese/Korean. It`s fully free and has a nice feature of difference in choice, e.g. when there is more than one option of translation, the app gives a user a chance to decide which one is more suitable to pick. As an additional interesting feature, it provides the currency rate, in case you were wondering around looking for one. The app is available for both iOS and Android devices.

Above all, you can see there is plenty of software that can be effective when traveling. Whichever application you decide to use, it`s great to practice a little and test it for the usability before you go. Warmest greetings to you on your trip from TheWordPoint. May you fulfill the purpose of the journey and return safe and sound. Don’t forget to leave your feedback on the application. 

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