- 29 September 2011
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Adam NoonanLonely Planet author
We have just released a new range for apps – the Lonely Planet Offline Translator is a mobile speech and text translator for the world traveller – available for both Apple (iOS) and Android mobile devices.
It’s pretty simple. You talk, it translates. Just record your voice (or type in the text) and you will be presented with an audio and text translation – all without any data or roaming charges.
We are really excited about this product. Making an effort to speak the native language enhances your travel experience and is a great way of connecting with people and a place. This app makes this easier and it also helps with the everyday practicalities when travelling in a non-English speaking country.
There are a couple of features that we think make this a worthy travel companion:
- 100% offline. Unlike other translator products, it does not require an internet connection or data roaming. You can use it anywhere, anytime without incurring any costs. We think this is essential given you will want to use this overseas (and roaming fees can sting!).
- Bilingual. You can translate from English to a foreign language, and also from a foreign language to English. This is particularly useful given sometimes you want to understand what is being said (or written) and other times you want people to understand you. You can actually have a two-way conversation with the app acting as the translator.
The Offline Translator apps make communicating simple, and are far more effective than the common approach of talking slower, and louder, while making unrecognisable hand signals.
So go check them out!
- Available for Apple iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch) and Android devices
- Apps are currently available for Spanish, French, German, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Iraqi Arabic, and Tagalog with more languages coming.
- Special introductory price of US$4.99 / AUD$5.49 / £2,99 / 3,99 €
We would also like to thank Jibbigo – whose award-winning, state-of-the-art speech technology powers the apps.
Watch the video below to see the Lonely Planet Translator in action: