WEB & TECH / MAY. 13, 2015
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5 Must-Have Translation Apps

Many people travel to foreign countries for business or pleasure. In many cases, such people have to deal with the challenge of trying to communicate in a different language. Fortunately, there are a number of translation apps that can help you break the language barrier easily. The following are some great language translation apps which could come in handy for business travellers:

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1. iTranslate

With more than 50 million downloads, iTranslate is one of the world’s most popular translator apps. This unique app allows you to perform verbal translations of phrases or words. All you need to do is select the language that you speak and the language you want to translate to. When you speak into the app, you will hear the translation spoken back. You can choose between male and female voices, different dialects and different speaking rates. iTranslate supports over 90 languages and allows you to save translations as favorites.   

2. Translate Me

Translate Me allows you to translate an unlimited amount of text from your SMS or text files. It supports over 60 languages including Belarusian, Gujarati, Haitian Creole, Hebrew, Swahili, Swedish, Tamil, Vietnamese, Welsh and Yiddish. Translate Me comes with a nifty swap button which allows you to swap translations from one language to another. This app saves a record of all your translated phrases, which can come in handy for future reference. Translated text can be shared via email, SMS or Bluetooth.

3. Google Translate

This is a free translation app from Google that supports more than 90 languages. Google Translate allows you to translate through writing or by voice. The best thing about this app is that you don’t have to be connected to the internet when using it. Once you have downloaded it on your computer or mobile device, you can easily translate offline. Google Translate can be integrated with a wide range of third party apps in order to enhance its functionality. The latest version of this app comes with the amazing ‘Word Lens’ feature which enables you to translate text by simply pointing your camera at it. However, this feature supports less than 40 languages.

4. PROMT Offline Translator

PROMT Offline Translator enables MacBook Pro or iMac owners to easily and quickly translate texts without any internet connection. This smart app allows users to translate text on a source page without having to change browser tabs or program windows. All you need to do is highlight a phrase or word and use a hotkey combination which you have set. The translation will instantly appear in a popup window offline. One of the benefits of using PROMT Offline Translator is assured security since your sensitive data is stored on your computer rather than a server. This tool is compatible with a wide range of programs including Apple TextEdit, Apple Pages, Apple iBooks and Microsoft Word 2011.

5. Online translator

Online translator is a smart tool that can automatically detect which language you want to translate. However, it gives you the option of specifying the language manually. In addition, it comes with a topic area with categories such as travel, cars and business. Just like other translation apps, online translator maintains a record of previously translated phrases for future reference. This app is compatible with iOS, Android, and Windows phones.  

Have you used translation apps before? Which is your favorite? Please share with us in the comments section below.

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