Guest Post: Four Language Tools to Help You Abroad!

Online Language Learning Tools

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Have you ever been eager to learn a new language? Or, perhaps you’re already in the process of learning one. Whatever the case may be, it always helps to have as many resources on your side as possible. Today on the GoAbroad Blog, we feature a guest post from Jemima Lopez, where she discusses four different online language tools to help enhance your language learning experience! 

Have you ever used any of these apps? Which was most helpful to you? Share your thoughts in the comment section!

For many people, the most challenging aspect of going abroad is the language barrier that is automatically in place. There are many students who will seek programs that are in English speaking countries to avoid this difficulty altogether. While learning to function in a country with a different language can be a struggle, it is certainly one of the most enriching experiences a young student can embark on.

Not only does learning a language broaden your mind and expand your own personal possibilities, it is a huge asset to any resume. Don’t let worries about language differences influence your abroad options. Living and learning abroad is about engrossing yourself in an entirely new and unknown environment, culture, language, and way of life. Use these four online tools to help make your transition to a new language and place smoother!

1. Translator with Voice App

This Apple application can be extremely useful for learning a new language or traveling abroad. Supporting numerous different languages, users can use this tool to translate words, phrases, and sentences from one language to another. The interface is extremely easy to use and give you immediate access to language translation on your phone. What makes this tool particularly useful is that it allows you to both see the translation written out and spoken. One of the more difficult aspects of learning a language can be actually speaking the language correctly. This Voice app can help.

2. iLoveYou in 50+ Languages App

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While this application may not be quite as useful as some of the other language apps provided in this list, this one is certainly unique. Learn how to say “I love you” in over 50 different languages. Though the application is focused only on how to say “I love you”, it still has several useful features. The application will translate in text, through voice, and allow you to hear recordings of native speakers saying the phrase. This application can be useful for hearing the specific pronunciation of things in the language you choose and is a nice application to share with your friends.

3. Word Lens App

This application is one of the most useful language apps out there. The languages that the app supports at this time are somewhat limited, offering French to English, English to French, Spanish to English, and English to Spanish. Word Lens boasts giving you translation on the go. You can look up words through the app by typing them in the traditional way or by shooting a picture of the words with your cell phone camera. The application will recognize the text in the photo and translate it for you. This is perfect for the abroad goers who like to travel around towns somewhat unguided. You can take a picture of signs, menus, or posters that you need translated.

4. Google Translate App

Google Translate is one of the most highly regarded translation tools available online. The application available for Google Translate provides 63 different languages and can translate using both voice and text. The interface of the app is clean and simple to use. This app helps you learn to read the language as well as speak and translate it. You can access the translations you’ve done in the past through the application even when you are without service. Also, the app will display the words and phrases phonetically so that you can learn to pronounce things correctly.

Jemima Lopez is a freelance blogger and writer who writes for Zen College Life, the directory of higher education, distance learning, and best online colleges. She welcomes your comments at her email: lopezjemima 562@

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