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


Jibbigo is offered for both the iPhone and Android and costs $4.99. It has an extremely massive dictionary and can translate just about any language you run into. To translate, all you need to do is talk into your phone and it will supply you with a translation either by voice or written word. One of the best things about this app is that you don’t need to be hooked up to a network to use it. So if your adventures take you to faraway locations, this app is for you.

Dean Foster’s Culture Guides

These guides are a little more advanced than Jibbigo. As Burke writes, the guides are available for 12 countries so far. The apps provide users with an overview of these countries, maps, weather reports, and currency exchange rates. Naturally, it also provides solid translation services.

Word Lens

Here’s an interesting app that relies upon your smartphone’s camera to translate. With this app, as opposed to typing in words or phrases, you can snap a photo of a street sign, menu, or brochure, and Word Lens will translate the writing for you. The app is a bit limited so far in that it only incorporates Spanish, French, and Italian to English – and vice versa – so far. Still, it is a neat idea. The app is free, but each language will cost you $4.99.

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