Now that we live in such a globalized world where we can hold meetings with individuals halfway around the globe at the touch of a button, the average business has many more opportunities to thrive. Of course, there is the language barrier to contend with, but even that is not such a problem now that there are so many very good translation apps which make meetings between people thousands of miles apart almost flawless.
Of course, there is no substitute for professional Translation Services using real human beings to translate between individuals, but in a pinch, there are some pretty good apps you can use.
Read on for our picks of the best apps for Translation on the Go!
The iVoice Translator Pro
The IVoice Translator pro is a fantastic piece of technology that is arguably better than any other non-human translation services out there. Why? Because it offers a very useful device-to-device translation feature that lets you speak into your app in your own language and have it appear in the other language’s text on another device. It’s also fairly accurate and easy to use. So, if you need to communicate with China or do a business deal with Germany, it’s a very useful piece of software to have on your smartphone.
Sometimes maligned for not providing the best translations, Google Translate is actually pretty good these days - it’s not perfect, but few translation apps are - and it enables you to quickly translate by speaking into your phone if you use the mobile app. Not only that, but you can quickly translate the written word by scanning text with your phone’s camera too. Considering it’s free, it really isn’t bad in a pinch.
Quest Visuals World Lens App
This app does a fair job of translating the English language into French, Russian, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish, so it is not all-encompassing, but like Google Translate it allows you to use your camera to scan in tricky words and it’s really good at reading handwriting, which means it definitely has a place in the office.
Waygo Translator is an app for the Asian market, which is good for those of you who need to translate characters from the Korean, Chinese and Japanese markets. The great thing about this app is that you don’t even have to be online to use it, so if you're ever caught out in a meeting with no connectivity, you’ll still be able to translate those all-important documents.
Where iStone Travel really excels is in its design. It is probably the most user-friendly translation app on the market right now. This software allows you to converse like a native would by offering natural translations rather than stilted ones that come straight out of the dictionary and don’t always hit the mark, which is another thing in its favor too.
As I said, there is no substitute for an actual human translator, but when you need help fast, having any one of these apps on your phone will be really handy and help you from making a fool of yourself when talking to overseas clients.
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