Here’s a little advice to start the week. If you’re about to travel, or planning to travel to any destination where the natives speak a language different than your own, get iTranslate for Mac or iPhone.
This remarkably inexpensive translator and dictionary app is one of the most popular for iOS devices and now available on the Mac. As the title suggests, it translates from one language to another.
Type in what you want to say; words, phrases, sentences. And get it translated almost instantly. There are over 80 languages in the package. Here’s a plus. There’s also voice output so you can hear the spoken words.
iTranslate can translate non-Latin languages into Latin characters, perfect for translating Chinese, Japanese, Korean and other non-Latin languages. Enter the Romanization of the words and still get a translation in the native language.
The Mac version of iTranslate has a nominal price tag which matches the in-app Premium purchase price of the iPhone version (which is free to try).
The same app developer also has a voice translator app for the iPhone and iPad.
That’s the good news. The bad news isn’t much but you need to know up front that both versions require an internet connection. The free iPhone and iPad version displays advertisements and you’ll need to upgrade if you want to unlock the voice recognition option.
Still, the price is nominal considering what you can do with iTranslate while traveling. It’s also a good tool to help you learn a new language.