On tonight’s menu, please try a delightful app.
No, not an appetizer—a Russian translator app!
They may whet your palate for learning, but they won’t leave you wanting more like the apps you get at restaurants.
And let’s be honest with ourselves: Russian translator apps are probably better for your waistline than a plate full of mozzarella sticks, anyway.
Yes, apps are a great tool to help you learn Russian. They can help supplement or even replace Russian learning books and Russian textbooks. Russian dictionary apps will even help you look up any unfamiliar words and nail down pronunciations without having to crack a book.
So by all means, please help yourself to a generous serving of these Russian learning apps, but be sure to leave some room for the nine translator apps we’ll talk about in this post—and remember that there’s no law saying you can’t have an order of mozzarella sticks on the side!
Why Use a Russian Translator App?
First of all, Russian translator apps will help you with one obvious task: to communicate with native speakers. Whether you’re traveling, interacting with Russians where you live or interacting with Russian speakers online, translator apps will help you “fill in” any gaps in your language skills so that you can communicate more clearly. Translator apps are so much easier than relying on hand gestures and facial expressions!
A translator app will also help you ensure accuracy. Translator apps are an easy way to look up anything you don’t know and/or confirm your own accuracy. It’s the perfect way to make sure that what you’re saying actually means what you think you’re saying.
Finally, translator apps will help you improve your Russian skills. You can practice your Russian by using translator apps to test what you know and don’t know. Simply think of an English phrase, translate it into Russian in your head, and then compare your translation against the translator. You can also try putting together a Russian phrase and letting the translator interpret what you said.
These are all great reasons to check out the apps below. However, for à la carte learning that doesn’t require a translator app on the side, try FluentU.
FluentU takes real-world videos—like music videos, movie trailers, news and inspiring talks—and turns them into personalized language learning lessons.
Among other cool learning features, FluentU has its own word lookup, so you can look up vocab right where you encounter it in videos.
9 Divine Russian Translator Apps
Available: iOS | Android
iTranslate is a translation app/dictionary that includes 90 languages. Don’t worry—Russian is one of them.
It can translate both voice and text. You can also use it to translate content from websites for easy, enjoyable multilingual surfing. Plus, iTranslate can also speak your translations (in your choice of a male or female voice), which is great for practicing your skills or communicating with native Russian speakers.
If you don’t know the Cyrillic alphabet, the app can also provide you with a transliteration to help you pronounce the words.
You can look up verb conjugations and save your favorite phrases, so iTranslate is also a great study tool.
Plus, the offline mode is a helpful way to avoid huge cell phone bills if you want to use the app while traveling abroad.
The app requires a monthly subscription, which costs about $5 per month or $30 per year.
Available: iOS | Android
This popular online translator is also available as a free app.
It includes 103 languages, though there are reduced services for many of the less-common languages. Luckily for you, Russian is pretty popular, so there are a lot of services available!
For instance, you can translate offline, which is great for travelers. You can type, handwrite or speak words for instant translation. You can even photograph printed text for a speedy translation, so if you visit Russia, you’ll never have to guess what’s on the dinner menu!
Translator by Microsoft
Available: iOS | Android
Microsoft’s Translator offers over 60 languages, including our beloved Russian.
It offers text translation, voice translation and image translation. Plus, you can even translate a two-way conversation by connecting devices.
Translated phrases will appear in text, but you can also have the app speak them for you. Unsure about the meaning of a word? Look up alternate translations and meanings!
Additionally, Microsoft Translator works with other apps, so you can share your translation between apps.
If you want to study certain words or phrases, you can pin them to review later.
What’s more, the app is free, so you can give it a try without pulling out your wallet.
Scan & Translate Free Image Scanner and Translator by DataCom
Scan & Translate Free Image Scanner and Translator is a free app that focuses on translating printed texts. It features 90 languages, including Russian.
Simply take a picture of a printed document and this app will translate it. You’ll have access to the translation and audio of the translation. Plus, if you want to edit the translation, you can. Then, you can go ahead and share your translation via text or all over social media using Facebook, Twitter or popular Russian social media site VK.
The app even suggests scanning recipes, which would be a great way to find your new favorite borscht recipe!
SayHi Translate is a free app that offers translations of Russian and over 40 other languages.
It focuses predominantly on spoken language. If you just speak a phrase, SayHi Translate will transcribe what you said, translate the text and then speak that translation aloud. You can select whether the voice is male or female. You can even alter the rate of speech, which is a terrific way for students to perfect their pronunciation. Just slow it down until you get the pronunciation right, then speed it up to practice at a more natural rate.
Plus, you can edit and share translations. You can also “favorite” phrases you want to practice more.
Speak & Translate – Free Voice & Text Translator by Apalon Apps
Speak & Translate offers voice and text translation for Russian. It also provides voice translation for over 50 other languages and text translation for over 100 languages.
Speech recognition allows for speedy voice translation, which will provide you with both text and spoken translations. You choose whether the voice is male or female and the speed of speech.
The app also works between devices, allowing you to share translations easily.
The basic version of the app is free. However, you can also download the full version for $14.99.
Russian English Translator by Pro Languages
Russian English Translator is a free app that might meet your Russian translation needs.
You can type or speak the phrase you want translated. Then, the app will provide you with the text translation. You can also have the app play the audio of the text. While it’s simpler than some apps, it’s easy, fast and free, so it’s certainly a strong choice.
Russian English Translator by GF Media Apps
Russian English Translator offers translation and dictionary features.
It features an offline dictionary that makes it easy to look up individual words without using up your data.
Simply enter text, and Russian English Translator will provide you with text and audio translations. You can share the translation via email or text. Plus, if you like a phrase, you can “favorite” it to study more later.
There’s also a “word of the day” and a “phrasebook,” which are useful tools to learn new vocabulary.
Russian English Translator is free to download, with additional in-app purchases costing $2.99 each.
English Russian Translator by Lingua Apps
English Russian Translator is a free app that allows you to translate either voice or text. Regardless of which you translate, you’ll have access to both audio and text translations.
It’s fairly simple, but its slick design is appealing and easy on the eyes.
While these apps might not fill up your belly like your favorite appetizer, they will fill up your mind with great Russian words!
And One More Thing...
If you love learning Russian and want to immerse yourself with authentic materials from Russia, then I should also tell you more about FluentU.
FluentU naturally and gradually eases you into learning the Russian language and culture. You'll learn real Russian as it's spoken by real Russian people!
FluentU has a very broad range of contemporary videos. Just a quick look will give you an idea of the variety of Russian-language content available on FluentU:
FluentU makes these native Russian videos approachable through interactive transcripts. Tap on any word to look it up instantly.
Access a complete interactive transcript of every video under the Dialogue tab. Easily review words and phrases with audio under Vocab.
All definitions have multiple examples, and they're written for Russian learners like you. Tap to add words you'd like to review to a vocab list.
And FluentU has a learn mode which turns every video into a language learning lesson. You can always swipe left or right to see more examples.
The best part? FluentU keeps track of your vocabulary, and gives you extra practice with difficult words. It'll even remind you when it’s time to review what you’ve learned. You'll have a 100% personalized experience.
The FluentU app is now available for iOS and Android, and it's also available as a website that you can access on your computer or tablet. Sign up for a free trial today!
If you liked this post, something tells me that you'll love FluentU, the best way to learn Russian with real-world videos.