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10 iPhone Apps with the Best Translation Tools


While modern technology has become so ubiquitous that it’s almost a burden from time to time, there’s no denying that smartphones are infinitely useful items. People can connect with friends and learn of news from across the globe in seconds, from anywhere and at any time. With the onset of social networking, many people find themselves with acquaintances from all over the world. Interacting with people who speak different languages can be tricky, whether it’s in person or online. Luckily, there have been many apps developed that can assist users in communicating better with one another, regardless of the languages they speak. You can use a translator to read web pages, send emails and texts, and even to translate the spoken word. It’s a beautiful thing to know that people from all over the world can now communicate with minimal difficulty, thanks to these 10 iPhone apps and others like them.

  • Google Translate – This free app allows you to translate words and phrases between 60 different languages. For most languages, you can speak and then hear the translations spoken back to you. You can utilize a full screen mode when using text translations to make it viewable for anyone else who may need to read them, such as if you are trying to communicate with someone in person in another language.
  • Word Lens Word Lens is ideal for reading signs or texts in other languages. Use your camera to scan the words and you will get a textual translation. This is even great for menus displaying foreign cuisine! You also have the option of typing the text in manually. This app is also free.
  • My Language Translator Pro – My Language is more than just an application. It is a community of people who add to its ever-growing database every day. So far, this app has over 50 supported languages and is growing. There is a free version of this app, and a pro version for $4.99. The pro version offers the spoken word feature and transliteration.
  • Speak Text This application allows you to speak and translate any text, such as documents and webpages, just by touching or highlighting the words. It reads the selected text line by line and performs the translation. As the app is speaking to you, it provides you with a cute animation of a funny bear or a human face. This app is free, but you can also purchase a pro version.
  • iTranslate – iTranslate is a free translator and dictionary, though there is also a paid version that comes equipped with lots of neat features. You can have any text read to you in any dialect you choose. You can also control the rate of speed with which the voice speaks. If you wish to share your translations with contacts and friends, you can also do this from within the app.
  • Universal Translator – This application allows two people with Google Chat to talk in real time, each using their own languages. The app, which supports over 50 languages, will translate as each message is sent, so that other parties will see the message in their native tongue. While both parties must have Google Chat, which is free, only one of the parties must have Universal Translator installed for it to work. This useful app is $2.99 in the App Store.
  • Say Hi Translate Say Hi is like traveling with your own personal interpreter. Simply speak in your native tongue and hear yourself immediately repeating the same phrase back in another language. Now you can easily communicate in person with anyone. There are over 41 languages within Say Hi, and even more if you pay for the premium version. You can even look up foreign words and phrases using voice recognition and its built-in dictionary.
  • Vocre Translate If you are looking to have a conversation with someone in person who speaks a different language, Vocre is extremely helpful. Each party chooses its language and gender. Then the iPhone can be placed on a table between the two people (they also have a handheld mode for when you are on the go). Each person presses the red microphone button when they are ready to speak. When they stop speaking, another voice will interpret what was just said into the other language.
  • Translate Professional – This free app boasts that it is the only translator you will ever need, and includes over 50 languages. You do not need to be connected to the Internet for this one to work, which is a nice bonus and can be a lifesaver is you are a stranger in a strange land with no Wi-Fi.
  • Languages – Languages contains 12 language dictionaries with detailed definitions and offers instant offline translations. There are many built-in features that make this translation tool easy to use, such as swiping to the right to search and tapping and holding to magnify, among many others.
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