Translator apps is the topic for this Tuesday’s Tip. I may have been a whiz at history in school, but languages defeated me. That makes tech help imperative for me and for lots of other genealogists working with records in languages other than English. Here are some translator apps that can help your family history research:
1. Chat in Another Language – Universal Translator $2.99
Found a cousin in a distant land? Universal Translator makes it possible for each person to type in their own language; the app then automatically translates for the other user in the chat. Both parties must have a Google Chat account.
2. Translate Offline – Languages $2.99
Eager to avoid data charges, especially when you’re traveling internationally? Languages app offers an offline translation dictionary for English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Swedish, without using an Internet connection or your data plan.
3. Multi-Language Translator – iTranslate free/$4.99 premium
iTranslate, one of the first apps created in this category, translates words, phrases and text into 70+ languages with full support in both directions for: English-Spanish, English-French, English-German, English-Italian, English-Portuguese, English-Dutch, English-Swedish, Spanish-French, Spanish-German, French-German, French-Italian, German-Italian.
4. Best All-Around Translator – Google Translate free
We can’t leave out Google Translate, which offers these features for English, Arabic, Catalan, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese:
- Translate text between more than 70 languages
- Translate by speaking your query
- Listen to your translations
- Translate by handwriting your query
- Display translations in full screen mode to make it easier for others to read
- Star your favorite translations for quick access even when you’re offline
- Access your translation history even when you’re offline
- Spell out the translation of non-Latin script languages in Latin characters to read it phonetically
- Supplemental bilingual dictionary results for single words or short phrases
Those are my favorite translator apps. Yours?