Which apps are best for trans­la­tion?


AThe old GaGu Sr. trick of shout­ing English words in a vaguely racist lo­cal ac­cent doesn’t re­ally fly in this day and age. Tech­nol­ogy to the res­cue, then: for­eign lan­guage phrase­books are out, and fancy apps are in. While there’s a whole rab­bit hole of apps you could at­tempt to squeeze down, Google Trans­late (iOS/ An­droid, Free) is a fine if slightly ob­vi­ous choice for con­vert­ing be­tween English and a host of other lan­guages, and it does just about ev­ery­thing. It’ll speak phrases for you if you don’t fancy man­gling them with your twisty tongue. It does live trans­la­tion of writ­ten words, and can even act as a go-be­tween and trans­late spo­ken con­ver­sa­tions on the fly. Just make sure you’re pack­ing enough mo­bile data to make the most of it – con­sider a lo­cal SIM card if your cur­rent plan doesn’t cover the travel costs.

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