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Top 5 Translation Apps for Business

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According to economist Thomas Friedman’s 2005 book, The World is Flat: a Brief History of the Twenty-first Century, technology – particularly, the Internet – has made things, people, and places in the world more accessible than ever before. You can contact someone in China as easily as someone in a neighboring community, rendering the world “essentially” flat.

Now, to maximize your business potential, the only thing left is the language barrier. If you’re traveling for business, translation apps are becoming a popular way to communicate. Consider these apps and choose the best ones to help you get your message across:

1. The iVoice Translator Pro

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This is not your run-of-the-mill translation app and distinguishes itself from the others with a nifty device-to-device translation feature. You can speak into the app in your native language, and a seamless translation appears written in a text-like fashion on the other end. It uses your phone’s built-in Bluetooth to allow the two of you to carry on a conversation in two different languages – understanding each other quickly and completely with the seamless translation.

This is not your run-of-the-mill translation app and distinguishes itself from the others with a nifty device-to-device translation feature. You can speak into the app in your native language, and a seamless translation appears written in a text-like fashion on the other end. It uses your phone’s built-in Bluetooth to allow the two of you to carry on a conversation in two different languages – understanding each other quickly and completely with the seamless translation.

2. Google Translate

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If you’re online a lot, then it’s certain you’ve come across Google Translate at some point. You might think it’s only good for text-to-text translation; it’s not. Google Translate strikes down language barriers with ease in its mobile app form. You can speak into your phone and be wowed by the accuracy of the translation. An added feature: it even translates signs in other languages – just point your camera and watch the words scroll across the screen. Bonus: it’s always free.

3. Waygo Translator

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The Waygo app was created for Asia. It translates characters from Japanese, Chinese and Korean languages easily and accurately – and doesn’t require an Internet connection (helpful if you are in airplane mode). Keep in mind that Waygo is presently one-of-a-kind, since no other apps currently translate Japanese and Chinese symbols visually. Of course, the software and app engineers realize that other countries do business, too, so more languages are presently on the way. In the meantime, you’ll no longer have trouble knowing what to order from a menu in Beijing.

4. Quest Visual’s Word Lens App

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An equal-opportunity app that you can use on iOS or Some Android-supported platforms, Word Lens can readily translate English into French, Italian, Russian, German, Portuguese and Spanish as of 2016. It achieved a considerable level of success before Google’s acquisition of the service in 2014. With just a snapshot of text using your phone’s camera, it displays the translation right on your screen – and can read a wide variety of handwriting styles.

5. iStone Travel

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One of the most user-friendly translation apps on this list, the iStone Travel software helps you out with speaking the way the natives speak. You won’t have to worry so much about stilted, dictionary-like translations with this one – it has a growing store of common phrases.
So much of business is the social effect you have on your audience. Take a page out of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s book – wow your non-English speakers with your ability to convey your message in their language!  The world is at your….fingertips.