The excitement of a foreign honeymoon can soon turn to panic when you begin to wonder how the heck you'll be able to communicate in countries where you don't speak the language. The days of digital pocket translators are long gone, with smart phones, iPads and the like making it easier to communicate than ever before. Check out our favorite translation apps and language resources so you can chat with the locals as you head off on the honeymoon of a lifetime.
If you're planning in advance and truly want to learn a language, rather than just be able to speak in bits and pieces, Rosetta Stone is for you. While a bit on the pricier side, with their trademarked Dynamic Immersion approach, aspiring foreign speakers will practice pronunciation, grammar, and scoring opportunities to assess their progress, as they reach milestones along the way. With a variety of purchasing options and packages, Rosetta Stone may be just what you need, if the eager student inside you wants to truly acquire new language skills rather than simply translate for basic communication.
This FREE (score!) service provided by Google enables you to "connect with people, places and culture across language barriers. "Available as an app or on their website AND offline, you can speak, write or type your desired text to be translated into over 100 languages. Additionally, if your foreign tongue isn't what you'd like it to be — you can have Google Translate say it for you, and spare yourself the struggle.
For couples heading to Japan, China or Korea — you may think it's entirely impossible to understand the complicated, symbolic language. Fear not — the App Waygo is here to help. This innovative app instantly translates the three languages' food menus and signage with a simple point-and-translate technology using your device's camera AND doesn't require an Internet connection. (Save that international data!)
This voice-activated translator is well-versed in 23 languages making it the perfect travel companion. With added bonuses including the option to connect with a live, human translator (for an added cost), and varying translations for formal, casual and slang — this all-inclusive app has subscription-based pricing and even pronunciation guides and tip sheets to help you fit right in, no matter how far you are from home.