There are many things that you’ll want to consider when traveling to a foreign country, like how you can minimize your expenses by booking ahead, but what about actually communicating with the locals? Believe it or not, most people don’t speak English, so you will need to know at least a few phrases in the local tongue. Thankfully, you don’t need to pack along a physical dictionary anymore, because there are tons of translation apps available for Android smartphones and tablets.
Depending on where you go, there’s a good chance that you will not be flooded with omnipresent Internet access, so it’s important to have a foreign language phrasebook app on your phone that can work offline too, just like several of the best Android travel apps that are out there. The phrasebook and dictionary apps listed below are for English to French (and vice versa), but all of the developers also have accompanying apps for a myriad of other languages too. Just have a look at the “More from developer” list in the left sidebar of Google Play when you hit the links provided below.
Movin’App English French Dictionary Free
This is a very simple dictionary app that’s supposed to work very simply. You start typing a word in English and it’ll start bringing up the possible French translations. To switch, you tap the directional arrow next to the search field. There are over 60,000 words listed in here and it’s possible to bookmark your favorite words for faster reference. There’s also a text-to-speech feature, so you’ll now how to pronounce the foreign word correctly. The movin’App people also have translation apps for Arabic, Spanish, Italian, Greek, Hindi, Norwegian, and more.
DIC-o French – English Offline Dictionary
Offering a very similar solution as the one from movin’App, the offline dictionary from DIC-o also lists thousands of different words that can be found via English or French for their corresponding translation. Because it works offline, you can quickly and easily look up words even when you don’t have an Internet connection. And, yes, it does come complete with a pronunciation guide. Other offline dictionaries from DIC-o include ones for Polish, Slovak, Italian, and more.
Codegent Learn French Phrasebook
While the previous two apps are basically English-French dictionaries, the family of apps from Codegent are a little different; they’re phrasebooks that are organized by category rather than being listed in a pure alphabetical fashion. You can look up basic greetings, numbers, transportation-related phrases, and so on. There are hundreds of common words and phrases in here with a high quality audio recording. The LITE version gets about 200 phrases, while the pro version has over 800 phrases. Codeagent has similar phrasebooks for other languages like Japanese, Korean, German, and Thai.
Learn French with babbel.com
The translation apps for Android come in a variety of forms. You have your dictionaries and your phrasebooks, but if you really want to gain a fundamental understanding of a foreign language, you have to take the time to learn it. The series of apps from babbel.com may not be quite as robust as something like Rosetta Stone, but they’re a great start. You get thousands of vocabulary words with images, pronunciation, and sentence examples as well as integrated speech recognition for different exercises. The free version gives you the first lesson for each category, but you’ll have to pay beyond that. Other language learning apps from babbel.com include those for Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, and Indonesian, among others.
Ascendo French English Dictionary
Dubbed the “leading free French English dictionary for Android,” this version from Ascendo boasts over 34,000 translations and examples. Unlike other dictionaries that just list the words, this app comes with the incredibly important verb conjugation utility as well as a phrasebook, full-length text translator, and a vocabulary quiz tool. You will need an Internet connection for the translator, but the other main features work offline. Upgrade ot the paid version to get over 278,000 translations. Ascendo has similar apps for Spanish, German, and Italian.
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