Every traveller has experienced the annoying feeling of being unable to communicate in a foreign country. Now, with the smartphones, things are much easier. The translation apps are not completely accurate but can be really helpful to break language barriers.
Here you have some interesting apps for your travels:
An app to translate words, phrases and text between over 60 languages which includes: voice recognition, dictionaries (if you are translating words and phrases with different meanings, depending on the context), text-to-speech (you can select different dialects and choose a male or female voice and the speaking rate), romanization (to transform non-Latin characters, such us Greek, Russian or Chinese into Latin characters) and language detection. You can also save a translation for offline access and send translations via Email, SMS, Facebook or Twitter.
Word Lens uses the built-in cameras on smartphones to scan and identify foreign text and translate and display the words in another language on the device’s display. The words are displayed in the original context on the original background, and the translation is performed in real-time without connection to the internet. Word Lens translates: English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish but the language packs must be purchased separately.
Google Translate for mobile
Translate text between more than 50 languages and offers dictionaries, romanization, text-to-speech, conversation mode, voice input and history for quick access even when you’re offline.
A voice translator for 40 languages and dialects with speech recognition, voice customization (gender and speed), favorites list for most used words. You can also share your phrases easily via email, SMS, Facebook, or Twitter.