Translation Apps to Assist With Global Travel

Consider these four apps for communicating and conducting business globally.

Whether you’re a linguistic novice or fluent in a foreign tongue, a translation app is a sound investment for any event planner who conducts business internationally. With a virtual interpreter in your pocket, you can communicate more effectively with locals, read menus and understand the contracts that you’re signing — all important aspects of business trips that prove challenging when you’re not a native speaker.

Don’t let language barriers keep you from excelling at your job. Check out these handy apps that can take you from hello to hola to bonjour at events around the globe:

 

iTranslate Voice

($4.99, requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Optimized for iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus.)

Even if you’ve never spoken a word of the foreign language, iTranslate Voice allows you to instantly do so through real-time voice-to-voice translation. You can also choose the voice’s gender and dialect.

 

Waygo Translator & Dictionary

(Free, compatible with iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Optimized for iPhone 5. Compatible with Android 4.0 and up.)

If you’re planning to visit Asia, Waygo Translator & Dictionary should be on your list of things to download. The app instantly translates Chinese, Japanese and Korean, even if your device is offline. Use your video camera to translate text in real time — no need to take a picture — and view the proper pronunciation. Waygo also allows you to translate vertical text and multiple lines of text.

 

Google Translate

(Free, compatible with iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Optimized for iPhone 5. Compatible with Android.)

Google Translate features, which Word Lens allows you to point to and instantly translate text, even without an Internet connection. Automatic language detection in speech/conversation mode immediately picks up which language is being spoken for smoother conversation between speakers.

 

SayHi Translate

($4.99, compatible with iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Optimized for iPhone 5.)

SayHi Translate can quickly and effortlessly convert your voice into more than 100 languages. If you want to edit your conversation, simply tap your translation and then share it via email, text message, Facebook or Twitter. Look up common words and phrases using your voice, and browse through your collection of recent or favorite translations. You can also adjust the speed of the other speaker’s voice when listening to a translation.