These Translation Apps Will Help You Communicate Overseas

Have you ever traveled overseas and been struggling to speak the language? Constantly struggling with a dictionary is not ideal. Instead, how about next time you use your smartphone. There are many apps on the market that were created for this purpose. We have outlined three below that we think are worth your time and money.


Jibbigo costs $4.99, this app is available for both the iPhone and Android. It has such an broad dictionary you would be hard pressed to find a language this app can’t translate. To use it, users speak directly into their smartphone and Jibbigo will provide a translation via text or voice. This app can be very useful to people visiting remote locations as it does not require a network connection.

Dean Foster’s Culture Guides

If you are looking for something more powerful then Jibbigo, Dean Foster’s Culture Guides may be what you are looking for. These guides are available for 12 countries so far. They supply not only translation of the languages of these countries but maps, up to date weather reports, and exchange rates.

Word Lens

Here’s an interesting app that utilizes your smartphone’s camera to translate. With this app, as an alternative to typing in words or phrases, you can snap a photo of a street sign, menu, or brochure, and Word Lens will convert the writing for you. The app is a little limited so far in that it only incorporates Spanish, French, and Italian to English – and vice versa – so far. Still, it’s a neat idea. The app costs nothing, but each language costs you $4.99.

Posted on: 09.07.12