I love traveling and, lately, I’ve been doing a whole lot of it for work. While my Spanish is pretty decent, it’s definitely not fluent, so when I travel to Spanish-speaking countries (which is where I mainly go for my job), getting around can be a bit tricky. My friend told me about her successes with language apps, so I decided to do a little bit of research to see what I could find.
I stumbled upon a list I wasn’t really sure if it will be of any help. But I was shocked at how truly helpful some of the apps I tried were. In fact, I enjoyed them so much that I just knew I needed to spread the word. I’ve chosen my top three apps – the one that I use on a nearly daily basis when I’m traveling for work – to share with you below.
Google Translate – Rating: 4.4, Downloads: 500M
Google Translate is one of the number one, if not the number one, language translation apps in the world, and for a really good reason. It offers translations for 103 languages, with 59 of them being available to download offline so you can use them without internet access – a real necessity when you’re abroad.
So, if you happen to be on vacation or at work somewhere and the locals only speak Spanish, you can use communication mode to speak directly with the people around you.
Copy and pasting text into the translation boxes can be a bit tricky. For some reason, the app can be a tad finicky when it comes to what it will allow you to copy and paste and the way in which it translates the text. I recommend typing out what you want to say whenever possible.
Pros: More than 100 languages available, offline capabilities
Cons: Not good at translating text that has been copied and pasted
Overall: So long as you are typing or speaking what you want to be translated, you will have an easy time communicating with those around you.
Reverso Translation Dictionary – Rating: 4.7, Downloads: 5M
Reverso is an excellent translation dictionary because you can Instantly translate millions of words and expressions at the touch of a button. I love that you don’t have to do a bunch of searching to access key expressions in your desired language.
Its database of real-life examples is really large with 11 languages to choose from. All you have to do is the type or say the word or phrase you want to translate and the results appear in seconds.
Reverso does have pop-up ads but you can upgrade to the premium version to remove them if that’s something that interests you. I, personally, didn’t find them annoying enough to warrant paying extra money, but it’s up to you.
Pros: Real-life examples, expressions in 11 languages
Cons: Does have pop-up ads
Overall: Great for learning real-life, a conversational language so long as you are willing to ignore the ads
SpanishDict Translator – Rating: 47, Downloads: 1M
SpanishDict is one of the leading Spanish translators, dictionaries, and conjugators, which is why I think it’s such an epic find. It is a full Spanish-English dictionary that you can use as a handy reference tool when you totally blank on an important word or phrase. You can even sign up for push notifications that will send you a Spanish word of the day so you can continually practice and keep your Spanish level improving.
Of course, the downside to this translator is that it’s a Spanish-English translator only. If Spanish isn’t the language you need translating, then you’re going to want to go with one of my other two picks (both of which are great and offer a large number of languages).
Pros: A leader in Spanish-English translations, offers more than 500 helpful phrases, push notifications to keep you studying
Cons: Only available in Spanish and English
Overall: The best tool for those who want to learn and speak Spanish with a large library of words and phrases
I honestly hope next time you find yourself in a new country, these apps will help you get around with less confusion. In case you need more tools, I’ll share the before mentioned list so you can check more similar apps. Although I do believe the ones I picked are the best.
I am so grateful to have found these apps and, true to my word, I find myself using them on a nearly daily basis. Even when I’m not traveling abroad in a Spanish-speaking country, I use them to make simple translations when I’m working on documents. If you travel frequently or you’ve been wanting to, you seriously need to give these apps a try!