Have you ever been in the middle of an unfamiliar city and forgotten how to ask for directions? Or realised you couldn’t remember how to order what you wanted at a restaurant? Luckily, language learners today don’t have to hope they have a translation tool or dictionary on hand. In the age of smartphones, technology offers a number of resources that can help out – even in the middle of a conversation. The only problem is that there are just too many apps. Which ones are worth using? More importantly, which ones can you rely on even offline?

The best dictionary apps

Whether you’ve been learning a language for 1 month or 1 year, it’s easy to forget a word. These apps make your dictionary much more accessible.

Linguee

Linguee is a free app that’s available both online and offline for iOS and Android. Plus, it’s super easy to use.

Linguee’s dictionary app also includes a translation search engine that provides texts that use the word in context along with a translation. However, keep in mind that if you need to use the app offline, you’ll first have to go into the app and install the dictionary you need.

Dict.cc

If all you’re interested in is an offline dictionary app, you might want to try Dict.cc. This app supports 51 different languages, though it has the most amount of content for German-English translations.

The app is available entirely offline. There’s also a premium version available that lets you use quiz and vocabulary study features.  

The top translation apps

Sometimes you forget more than just a word or come across a sentence that you just can’t understand. In that case, one of these translation apps can help you figure things out.

Google Translate

One of the most popular translation apps, the offline version of Google Translate has 59 different languages. Plus, if you’re dealing with a language that has a different script, the app will also provide the spelling in an alphabet you can read.

Make sure you download the languages you want onto your device if you want to be able to translate offline.

iTranslate

iTranslate offers multiple translation options, including a translation app, as well as apps that translate voice and speech in real time. There’s also an offline mode and a free Webapp available.

Keep in mind that iTranslate does charge a subscription fee after the free trial period.

Microsoft Translator

The Microsoft Translator app is available for iOS, Android, and Windows desktops. It’s also a great option for business professionals since you can use it alongside PowerPoint presentations and Outlook.

If you plan to use the app offline, be sure to download the offline translation packs beforehand.

ABBYY TextGrabber

Having trouble with a menu or a sign? The ABBYY TextGrabber app translates text from a photo, video, or directly from your camera screen. So, if your restaurant menu seems overly complicated, you don’t have to sit there in frustration.

However, if you need to use the app offline, keep in mind that only 10 languages are available for translation.

So with all these tools at your fingertips, it’s time to start trying to speak your new language!

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