There are thousands of languages on Earth. And even if two-thirds of the population speak 40 of them, it still seems a huge deal. At the same time, we face foreign phrases more often than before thanks to globalization and traveling. You don’t even have to go abroad to use a translator because of foreign websites or new words you constantly meet on the Internet.
And again, we address to our mobile phones to find the answer. Big communities of developers and linguistic enthusiasts create translating solutions for different needs and purposes. The task is quite challenging as the language is a changing phenomenon. At TecSynt, we’ve decided to make a list of those translation apps you can trust.
As usual, we show you the best solutions with different strong features. Whether you prefer offline usage or voice translation, you will find something to your taste here.
We begin with Google Translate for a good reason – it’s possibly the best translation app with the biggest set of features. Plus, you also get the highest number of languages for typing translation – there are 103 of them.
Along with online translation, you get offline support for 52 languages.
With Camera Mode, you can take a picture of a specific text, and the app will make translations in 37 languages. The font size doesn’t matter, and you can also use this mode offline having necessary language packs.
Conversation Mode allows speech translation with your voice and a microphone in 32 languages.
Users can create their own phrasebooks by saving phrases for the future.
And some bonuses for Android users: they can translate within messengers and browsers (WhatsApp, Google Chrome, Facebook Messenger, etc.).
This is a fully-packed and completely free solution, which has over 60 languages in its luggage. The most distinctive feature of Microsoft Translator is its versions for enterprise and customer models. The business version is built on the API for text and speech translations.
Offline translation is easy to get – you have to download the database of a certain language, it will take around 200 MB on the smartphone.
Voice translation is available, and there is also a split-screen mode for two persons taking part in the conversation. And even more – you can talk to nearly 100 people in different languages using the multi-person conversation translation.
Customers get photo and screenshot translation with the camera mode.
You can create your own phrasebooks of the collocations and sentences you need in most cases.
The app has versions for Android Wear and Apple Watch – it’s very handy in travels. You may also synchronize translations between a smartphone and your smart watch.
This app is a mix of a dictionary and a translator because it gives you all possible meanings of the words with their descriptions. PONS offers you 40 dictionaries in 36 languages. It’s particularly useful if you want to figure out, for example, both the word’s meaning and part of speech. With meanings, you also get phrases where the word is used and their immediate translation.
The zoom function works great for travelers – when you don’t want to use gestures instead of speech, magnify the needed translation on the smartphone screen.
There is the Favorites List for entries you check more often.
All useful translations you can put to the PONS Vocabulary Trainer – it’s available in the web version.
There is also an app available with the PONS Vocabulary Trainer – you may learn any phrases you like by heart using different models of practice.
If you don’t need anything except voice translation, we’ve found a perfect tool for you. Translate Voice is considered to be the most comprehensive speech translator with a set of additional instruments in a Pro version. There is an immediate language switch – the app follows you when you speak, and then you hear yourself saying the same phrase in another language.
For now, there are 13 languages for voice-to-voice conversations including Japanese, Chinese, and Korean. But even if you think this number is too small, it’s still enough to talk to people in more than 100 countries.
Voice recognition is very accurate – the app can deal even with tongue twisters.
Users can share translations with friends or business partners.
The Android version has 80 languages in the stock and 44 languages for voice translation.
You will hardly find so many useful features for travelers in any other app. Of course, it has all of those cool tools we’ve discussed before like voice translation and a phrasebook. But along with that, you have more useful when going abroad. With a free version, users get the basics of any language available in the app – there are 13 of them.
There is an access to an instant voice translator – the feature works for 42 languages.
Image translation using a camera.
The offline dictionary includes 10 000 words.
You can also learn a language with a quiz mode and audio lessons.
As a bonus, you get a calculator for tips with a currency converter.
You may also learn the “culture crash course” to know more about the mentality and traditions of the country you’re going to visit.
Any language in Asian countries looks like a secret code for those who come from the West. If you want to be sure that your application can cope with Chinese, Japanese, or Korean languages, entrust WayGo with this task.
The application works perfectly in the offline mode – all features stay the same.
The whole list of languages: Chinese, Cantonese, Japanese, Korean, and Kanji.
Your camera can serve as a visual translator.
Users can see and hear how the words are pronounced.
The translation’s share is available over SMS, email, Facebook, and Twitter.
And there is a bonus for Chinese language learners: when you translate the name of the dish, you can see its picture.
The New World Is in New Words
Perhaps, you only begin to learn a new language or just need some help on the way to perfection – in any case, mobile apps are ready to help. And we can see that developers know a lot about various translation purposes: voice-to-voice conversations, learning modes, phrasebooks, and more.
TecSynt’s team is fully prepared to build a new translation opportunity for thousands of customers. What’s great about translation apps is that people use foreign languages every day – and with time, this tendency will grow as we work and travel abroad.
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