If you travel overseas on family vacations or for business you might have run into a language barrier. Luckily, your smartphone can help you with this problem. There are many translation apps available that you can use on your personal or business trips. Below are three that we think are some of the best.
Jibbigo is offered for both the iPhone and Android and costs $4.99. It has an extremely massive dictionary and can translate almost any language you run into. To translate, all you need to do is speak into your phone and it will supply you with a translation either by voice or written word. One of the best things about this app is that you do not need to be hooked up to a network to use it. So if your adventures take you to remote locations, this app is for you.
Dean Foster’s Culture Guides
These guides are a little more advanced than Jibbigo. As Burke writes, the guides are available for 12 countries so far. The apps provide users with an overview of these countries, maps, weather reports, and currency exchange rates. Of course, it also provides solid translation services.
If you need to translate the written word, Word Lens is a great app. It utilizes your smartphones camera. You take a picture of a sign, menu, book, etc. and the app will convert it for you. You can observe how this might be practical. The only languages this app presently works with are Spanish, French, Italian, and English. The basic app is free, but if you want to buy any of the languages it will cost you $4.99 per language.