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Google Translate offers translation services for more than 60 languages, both speech recognition and text. The best part is it works and it’s FREE. Each translation Google Translate provides includes a written phonetic translation in addition to the audio recording. I found phonetic translation is key for translation apps. You’d think that would be a common feature to include but apparently not…

How it Works: Using this app you can translate in and out of using typed words or using your devices microphone to speak your phrases. The speech recognition feature is extremely useful as I could type in (or say) what I needed translated and then show the person my phones screen with the translation, they could then respond verbally and I could easily view their response on my phone while also hearing it translated in English. This was particularly useful when we were traveling in Russia since the alphabet is different; they couldn’t easily type in a response given the need to switch keyboards on the phone.