16 Best Spanish Translation Apps for Real-time Language Learning
Do you sometimes get stuck with Spanish words or phrases?
These Spanish translator apps are ones you can use when you are on the go and desperately need some help with a word or a phrase.
Once you’ve got some of these apps at your disposal, you’ll be able to speak Spanish quickly, easily and on the go.
Let’s get started!
- 1. Google Translate
- 2. Microsoft Translator
- 3. SpanishDict
- 4. iTranslate
- 5. Talkao Translate
- 6. Speak & Translate
- 7. Speak to Voice Translator
- 8. Learn Spanish
- 9. Spanish Dictionary +
- 10. Dict Box—Universal Offline Dictionary
- 11. Translate Shake
- 12. Offline Translator: Spanish-English
- 13. Spanish Translator Pro
- 14. Hello Hola
- 15. Instant Translator
- 16. Translator with Speech
- And One More Thing…
1. Google Translate
iOS and Android
There are times when a tried-and-true favorite does a great job. Google Translate is a perfect example of this.
This app translates by typing or copying text as well as through speaking. It also provides immediate camera translation—just point your phone’s camera at a Spanish menu, sign or other written material and a translation shows up right away.
The phrasebook feature allows users to save frequently used translations. This is a super method for reviewing common phrases and pulling them into your vocabulary repertoire.
Google Translate also has a cool feature that integrates it with other apps on your phone. Browsing a Spanish website or chatting with a friend? Call on the app to translate if you need to.
The translator works offline so it’s ideal for anyone who tends to venture off the beaten path!
2. Microsoft Translator
iOS and Android
Microsoft Translator does just about everything you ever thought a translator could do—and more.
You can translate from text, voice or camera. Listen to translated phrases out loud for some pronunciation practice. You can even save your most frequently translated phrases to put them right at your fingertips for review.
With the multiple-user translation, it’s possible to have an actual conversation in real time. Just connect devices and converse with others—it’s really that simple! If you own an Android Wear smartwatch, you also can sync this app between your phone and watch!
The phrasebook and pronunciation guide is perfect for anyone traveling to a Spanish-speaking country. And if you’ll be going to a place that doesn’t offer solid internet connectivity, you can download the Spanish dictionary for offline use.
iOS and Android
SpanishDict is incredibly comprehensive. On the main screen there are several cool things you’ll see right away.
The search bar on the main page allows you to search for specific words and phrases. It also gives you verb conjugations. This is amazingly helpful when you’re trying to figure out the difference between different tenses on the spur of the moment.
This app also provides you with a word of the day. It gives you the word in Spanish and then it provides the definition and says the word aloud for you. The word of the day will help your vocabulary grow every day, without fail.
There’s a phrasebook which keeps simple, commonly used phrases on hand for you. These phrases range from greetings and introductions to shopping, sports, sightseeing, camping and health. The phrases are split up into categories which makes studying them extra easy. You can also input your own phrases to translate.
On this app, there’s a simple and effective word game you’re going to love. It’s a basic flashcard game which will challenge you to improve your vocabulary.
iOS and Android
iTranslate allows you to speak into the microphone to have the app translate your words into another language of your choice.
This app will save your history, so if you want to go back and study a conversation or phrase later you can.
This app also allows you to select favorites. This feature is especially helpful if you find yourself in the same situation multiple times. You can save different phrases that you use often and, when you need them, you can pull them up at-will.
The free version of iTranslate offers speaking and typing options. It’s incredibly user-friendly and easy to navigate.
5. Talkao Translate
This Spanish translator makes actual conversations possible. The voice translator turns texts to audio, bringing words, phrases and text passages to life!
The app also offers dictionaries of Spanish and English synonyms—perfect for vocabulary building. It allows users two methods to grab translations: either speak or write—it’s entirely user friendly!
Please note that, as with many translators, the definitions given here aren’t always 100% accurate, especially when you’re dealing with phrases or full sentences. Use this as a quick way to check a word or have a conversation, not as a grammar checker.
6. Speak & Translate
With this app, you say the word or phrase which you need translated into your microphone, push the button and let it translate the words into the language of your choosing.
The app also works in the reverse. Is someone trying to explain something important in Spanish and you have no idea what they’re trying to say?
Just hold your phone up to them, have them speak into the microphone and you can translate it into English on the spot.
There are two versions of this app. One is free and the other costs around $6.99 per month. The free app is pretty comprehensive. The main difference is that the premium version lets you use it offline and with the photo feature.
7. Speak to Voice Translator
Speak to Voice Translator translates for over 100 different languages.
It’s great for Spanish language learning as well as communication with other global citizens, whatever language they speak.
The app translates both voice and text instantly, allows voice-to-voice conversations and provides more than one translation for words and phrases.
Translations are compiled from four high-quality sources like Google and Microsoft, giving you the opportunity to find exactly what you need to know.
Use this app to listen to spoken Spanish, too. It’s a fun app to use, regardless of the language being studied!
8. Learn Spanish
iOS and Android
Don’t let the colorful illustrations fool you, this app isn’t only for children. The simple design of this app makes it easy to navigate and find what you’re looking for.
Like the title suggests, this app is full of phrases and vocabulary. These are split into different categories like weather, time, numbers, animals, colors, food and so forth.
One of my favorite features in this app is that it reads the words to you out loud. Well yes, most apps do that, but this one will play recordings at different speeds.
When you click on a word, there’s a turtle which will slow the word down for you. Now you’ll be able to practice saying the word correctly and compare your accent to the automated voice.
This app is especially good for beginners, because it always breaks down given phrases into their simplest forms.
9. Spanish Dictionary +
A dictionary is always useful as a reference. This app even comes with a word of the day, flashcards, scanning capability and several games.
Spanish Dictionary + will generate five words every day for you to study, one in each of the following categories; general, academic, common, standard and advanced. The word of the day is given in English and then you click on “dictionary” to see the word in Spanish.
The flashcards on this app are drawn from your selected favorites. As you’re scanning through your dictionary, when you come across a word you don’t know you just have to bookmark it. Then when you go into the flashcard game it’ll pull up those words for you.
There are three different games available on this app: Boost Memory, Multiple Choice and Guess Word. In these games, you’ll be competing against yourself and your personal bests.
10. Dict Box—Universal Offline Dictionary
iOS and Android
This app is widely used and well reviewed! Many consider it theirgo-to Android translation app, and for good reasons.
It provides pronunciation and translation for any text, corrects spelling for words typed incorrectly, allows users to sync word lists between various devices and can translate using a device’s camera.
It’s a great one to use offline when there’s no internet access. Come back later to review words that have been translated with its flashcard feature. It’s a super way to add to your vocabulary skills!
11. Translate Shake
Translate Shake is so much fun to use, that it basically turns translating between English and Spanish into a game.
You can translate the old-fashioned way, by typing text and pressing “Translate.” Or you can do it the fun way: just shake the phone, then speak! The translation will be spoken back to you.
This is a wonderful tool for anyone who has physical limitations that prohibit them from typing or if you need an urgent translation before you forget the word or the moment passes.
The speech feature of this app allows users to communicate even if they’re still at the beginner level. It’s also possible to save all translations for later review.
12. Offline Translator: Spanish-English
iOS and Android
For the times when an internet connection is unavailable or not secure, this offline Spanish-English translator will do the job.
It defines words, phrases, sentences or full texts through typing or speaking the material to be translated. Like Google Translate, this one allows you to check the translation of any writing around you, from the bus stop to your cereal box, by snapping a photo with your device’s camera.
As a new user, you get a limited number of voice and camera translations (to get more, you’ll need to upgrade). However, text-based translations are free and unlimited
You can also use this app to build a personalized phrasebook by using the “Save” button when translating!
13. Spanish Translator Pro
Spanish Translator Pro is a low cost ($2.99) app that will allow you to translate phrases between English and Spanish.
Once translated, you’ll have access to audio of the pronunciation along with the translated text. Plus, you can share your translations on Facebook, email them or copy and paste them. You can also bookmark translations for easy studying.
14. Hello Hola
Hello Hola is a helpful translator app with a clean interface and some handy features that will allow you to translate from English to Spanish.
The app uses text-to-speech software, so you can get the written and spoken translations. You can save your translations for easy access.
Hello Hola also has a phrasebook with over 150 commonly used words and phrases. This is a great way to keep common translations at the tips of your fingers without having to reenter them each time.
The basic download is free. You can upgrade to the full version for $2.99.
15. Instant Translator
Instant Translator offers voice and text translations for dozens of languages including Mexican and Castilian Spanish, so it’s a great choice for students.
You can easily translate from text to text or from speech to speech. The app will also speak any translations if you press the play button or simply shake your device. This is a convenient way to help you practice pronunciation.
The basic app is free, or you can upgrade to the pro version for $5.99. The pro version removes ads and daily limits and offers extra features like the ability to communicate between two devices.
16. Translator with Speech
Translator with Speech can translate text between 88 languages. It can also translate spoken words from 23 languages. Thankfully, Spanish is among them.
This app can translate spoken or written Spanish into English and spoken and written English into Spanish. You can play audio of your translations or use the written translations.
Additionally, it stores your previous translations that you can play back later offline. This is a great feature if you’re looking for a translator for international travel.
The basic download is free, but most features require an additional download, which usually cost $0.99 each.
Well there you have it, some amazing apps that are out there for you to explore and use.
Make sure that you pair these with other apps that will reduce your need for emergency translation, ones that will boost your Spanish level.
You could try a vocab driller like Memrise or a language learning program like FluentU, which pairs Spanish videos with interactive subtitles that let you translate while you watch.
FluentU takes authentic videos—like music videos, movie trailers, news and inspiring talks—and turns them into personalized language learning lessons.
If you download these apps, your Spanish knowledge will grow and your confidence will skyrocket.
And One More Thing…
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Other sites use scripted content. FluentU uses a natural approach that helps you ease into the Spanish language and culture over time. You’ll learn Spanish as it’s actually spoken by real people.
FluentU has a wide variety of videos, as you can see here:
FluentU brings native videos within reach with interactive transcripts. You can tap on any word to look it up instantly. Every definition has examples that have been written to help you understand how the word is used. If you see an interesting word you don’t know, you can add it to a vocab list.
Review a complete interactive transcript under the Dialogue tab, and find words and phrases listed under Vocab.
Learn all the vocabulary in any video with FluentU’s robust learning engine. Swipe left or right to see more examples of the word you’re on.
The best part is that FluentU keeps track of the vocabulary that you’re learning, and gives you extra practice with difficult words. It'll even remind you when it’s time to review what you’ve learned. Every learner has a truly personalized experience, even if they’re learning with the same video.
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