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Communicate More Easily With These Translation Apps

Business Technology | September 7, 2012

You’re traveling overseas this summer for the family vacation of a lifetime. Or maybe you need to go to a foreign country for business. Problem is, you don’t speak the language. There’s hope, though, and you can get it from your smartphone. Tech organizations today offer a wide range of translation apps for tourists and business professionals that are traveling the world. Here are a few of the best of these apps for travelers who need to surmount those language barriers.


Jibbigo costs $4.99, this app is available for both the iPhone and Android. It has such an substantial dictionary you would be hard pressed to find a language this app cannot translate. To use it, users speak right into their smartphone and Jibbigo will provide a translation via text or voice. This app can be quite useful to people traveling to remote locations as it does not require a network connection.

Dean Foster’s Culture Guides

If you want an app that provides you with more information then just translations, Dean Foster’s Culture Guides may be what you are seeking. Presently, these guides are only available for 12 countries but they supply maps, current weather reports, exchange rates, along with translations.

Word Lens

If you need to translate the written word, Word Lens is a great app. It utilizes your smartphones camera. You take a photo 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 currently works with are Spanish, French, Italian, and English. The basic app is free, but if you would like to buy any of the languages it will cost you $4.99 per language.



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