There are numerous difficulties that people face on a regular basis when traveling to a different country. For one, you have to understand the language and culture of the local population in order to communicate effectively. At least some of that worry can be alleviated by implementing translation applications into your travel activities.
As luck would have it, The Word Point has done the homework and gathered a list of the most useful and unique translation applications you can use. These apps vary in features and complexity, so choosing the right one comes down to personal taste and needs.
We’ve all used Google Translate at some point while browsing the web, but what about using it on the go? The translation features that Google developed have been gathered and optimized for traveling convenience. The app itself is available across all popular smartphone platforms and allows for translation from and into over 100 languages.
While the Windows-based devices themselves haven’t garnered the same attention as Android and iOS, they can still put up a fight. Microsoft Translator is an app with the ability to translate any text or input into 60 languages. With the quality and standards that Microsoft implements into all of their products, one can only smile when you realize that there is full support for Klingon language as a viable choice for translation.
An app that comes from iOS store is also available on Android devices as of recently. It allows for full voice-to-text translation based on immediate input. This means that you can literally talk with someone and have the speech translated and ready for reading as soon as you stop talking. This is also a great way to allow people with disabilities to effectively use translation apps for traveling or other needs.
TripLingo has gone above and beyond the necessary requirements of a translation application. While the translation features cover over 100 languages and dialects, it’s the extra features that distinguish TripLingo from the competition. The ability to convert currencies, access local emergency contacts or cultural information isn’t something you see in every translation app out there.
Digitalizing and translating text on-the-go is something that many people look for in their translation applications. Textgrabber has made it its purpose to provide that feature to travelers, students abroad or anyone who might need on-the-fly translation. All you have to do is point your camera at the image of the writing you want translated into one of the 113 languages at your disposal. It’s easy, fast and accessible to anyone with a smartphone.
For those traveling to the Asian continent, WayGo has provided the definitive translation application. The app features full offline support for Korean, Japanese, Chinese and English languages, which are the most commonly known languages in Asia. The app uses your onboard camera to capture voice and images which can later be used for translation into one of the four languages or their dialects.
Sometimes it can be difficult to explain the social or cultural aspect of a phrase to a non-native speaker. Papago understands this and has made sure that no message goes over your head if you are visiting Asia. While the app offers the same language support as WayGo, the translation style varies drastically with the contextual translation features it provides. You can use images and related phrases to deepen the translation or dialogue you are participating in with Papago, either on Android or iOS devices.