When traveling somewhere where people speak a difference language, it is always a good idea to learn a few basic phrases that will help you get around. If you’re only going to be in this new place for a few days, there is no need to learn anything and everything that is there to learn about the language, so long and laid out language books and apps may not be necessary . The important thing is that you manage to pick up some key words and phrases that you know you will be able to use during your trip. Thankfully, there are plenty of websites, gadgets that will help you achieve this goal. If you just want to pick up a few phrases, here’s what we recommend:
1. An iPhone or an Android handset: If you just want the most basic of language phrases, then there is really no reason to invest in another gadget when you already have either an iPhone or an Android gadget. There are so many downloadable apps for both platforms that really aim to improve basic language skills. One of the most widely used apps is the app version of Google translate, where users simply have to type in the actual word, pick from the choice of language that they want the word translated to, and then click the button. In the new Windows phone, there is a more high-tech way to translate something. The user simply has to place the phones camera facing the phrase or word he wants translated. With a click of a button, the translation immediately comes up.
2. Memrise.com: Memrise.com is a website that was designed to work with existing language courses to help the user widen his vocabulary. While your standard book may require actual reading to get you to learn something, memrise is refreshingly different as it uses games and game-like features to get you to memorize and learn new words and phrases.
3. The C-Pen: The C-Pen is worth getting if you’re looking to have more than short phrases translated. The C-Pen is actually a handheld scanner that can connect to most laptops. Much like how a barcode scanner, one simply has to take the C-pen and point it to the phrase to be translated. The C-pen scans the phrase and posts the translation into your respective translator.
These are just some of the new ways that technology is making language learning a whole lot easier. If you were once intimidated with the idea of going somewhere new because of the possible language barrier, don’t be, as there are a world of technological solutions that should nip your language problem right at the bud!
"Guest post by Sam Briones, a freelance writer and also contributes at Technovate Translations. If not writing for the language and culture subject, she's on the keyboard writing about fashion and pop culture."