#85: 3 Free Translation Apps Private Investigators Can Use in the Field -Tech Tuesday- P.I. Podcast #52

There is basically a smart phone application for anything these days.  If you haven’t found the app you are looking for, give it some time because someone will eventually make it.  It was brought to my attention recently that there were translation apps available on smart phones. I took a moment to check them out and I then share what I thought were the top 3 free translation apps.  These are very practical apps that will help you in a jam when you need to communicate with an individual in a language that is foreign to you.

I could have used any of these applications early on in my private investigation career so I am sure you will find some use for them as well.

Speak and Translate

Speak & Translate – Live Voice and Text Translator With Speech

The Speak and Translate app is a voice and text translator that allows you to instantly speak 40 languages and have written conversations in 72 languages according to the iTunes description.

The Speak & Translate app is very easy to use and I recommend using the default voice to voice settings as they work very well.  The voice to voice settings allows you to speak in your language and have the application translate it into another language it will then speak what you said in that language.

If you choose to use text to text then the app will let you write a word or sentence in your chosen language.  After you are finished it will translate the text into the desired language via text.

I like this app for two reasons.

  1. It has speech to speech functionality
  2. It is very easy to use and only took me moments to figure out how to use it.

What I don’t like about this app is that they don’t provide it on the Android market place for Android phones.

Available on the iPad and iPhone.

File Size: 8.5 MB

Click here to go to the application on iTunes

itranslate piciTranslate – Free Translator App

The iTranslate is another free and easy to use translation app that allows you speak or type a phrase you want translated.  After speaking or typing your phrase it translates it in text and gives you the option for the application to speak the translated phrase for you.

Not a lot of bells and whistles on this one though you don’t really need anything more than what they provide.  The app translates 50 different languages and allows you to save favorite phrases.

There is nothing that I don’t like about this application.

I particularly am fond of how the app lets you save phrases you have used to be reused again quickly.

Google Translate

The Google Translate app allows you to translate between 80 languages which is more than any free application on the market.  You can speak, write and even translate text from a picture using your phone.  After you speak the phrase you want translated it will speak the translation back to you in the chosen language.

One of the most interesting things about this application is that it works even when you are not connected to the internet.  Like other translation applications on the market you can save translations for future use and even access them from any device.

A translation application is great to have as a tool in the field as a private investigator or just in regular life.  Definitely something everyone should have to make communication easier.