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    Translate on the move using mobile apps

    Translate on the move using mobile apps

     


    Mar 27, 2012

    If travelers are taking a trip to a country where English is not the primary language, they will most likely want to spend some time brushing up on their foreign language skills. These individuals could cram from the time they board their flight to Portugal until they pick up their rental car, or they could just download a mobile translation app and save themselves some trouble.

    There is more than one portable translator program on the market for Apple and Android users, so travelers will want to find the best one before they head overseas.

    Anyone who has ever used Google's online language translation service knows how easy it is to type any sentences or phrases in and receive a written translation in the language of their choosing. Even better, the program?s audio feature will tell individuals how to say the words they wish to translate.

    Visitors to Portugal could lug their laptop around, or they could download Google Translate directly onto their smartphone, free of charge. Using this app, travelers can translate between 64 languages via text.

    Google Translate is easy to use and pleasing to look at. At the top of the smartphone screen, the app displays the two languages that will be translated, as well as a box to type the words into. If it is easier to just speak into the phone, the microphone icon can be selected. The translated words can then be displayed on a full screen to make it easier to share with locals.

    There are several scenarios where this app can come in handy. For instance, if travelers are at a restaurant, they can avoid ordering something they know they will not like by typing a few dishes from the menu into Google Translate. In the event that they do not understand someone they are asking for help, they can always have this individual speak into their mobile device. For a free program, it is definitely a must-have, and can make one?s overseas experience a lot easier.

    The only problem is that while the app can translate between 64 languages, the audio feature only applies to 24 and the microphone icon can only be selected for 17.

    Vocre is another interesting app that is available to anybody who feels they will be having a conversation with a non-English speaker. However, this free program can be a little confusing at first, so anybody who prefers simple apps may want to skip this one. Those who have some patience and are up for the challenge will find Vocre to be pretty useful once they get the hang of it.

    When Vocre is installed on smartphones, individuals have the opportunity to converse with someone speaking another language. Once two languages are selected, the first speaker records his or her words into the app's microphone. The smartphone then displays what it picked up in text. If there are any errors, they can easily be corrected. Then, the mobile device must be flipped around and the words are translated to the other speaker's language.

    There will be times when the app does not always yield the results the conversationalist using it seeks, but when it works it's worth it. Much like Google Translate, the problem with this app is the limited number of languages it is compatible with. However, those visiting Portugal have nothing to worry about, as two forms of the country's language are available.

    Of course, if one app has a language that another does not have, there is nothing wrong with having more than one translation app loaded onto a smartphone. After all, so many of them cost nothing at all.

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