Spanish is the apple of your eye.
But then again, so is easy-to-use, interactive technology.
If you didn’t know better, you’d be getting distracted every few minutes by app notifications and messenger services.
Luckily, you can combine the awesome technology you know and love with learning Spanish by using iPad translator apps!
Allergic to Apple? Android apps can also do the trick—but we’re going to exclusively focus on iPad apps here!
Regardless of the format, translator apps are easy and versatile tools to help you translate text or voice, practice your Spanish and learn new words and phrases.
And there’s nothing quite like the convenience and visual appeal of an iPad to take these apps to the next level. So give these Spanish translator apps for iPad a try and keep your “i” on the prize!
Why Use a Spanish Translator App for iPad?
The larger size of an iPad makes it easier to use the app for longer stretches of time. Sure, iPhones are great because you can learn wherever you are, but the small screen makes it harder to sit down and engage with the app for longer periods. The iPad is a more comfortable size for more in-depth study sessions or longer translations.
Spanish translator apps can also help you communicate in Spanish before you’ve learned the language. When you’re learning a new language, you often want to be able to communicate in the language quickly. However, this takes time, which can be frustrating. Spanish translator apps will help you bridge this gap and allow you to communicate more fully in the language before you’re completely fluent.
Finally, a Spanish translator app can help you learn new words and practice your skills. Learn vocabulary by plugging in English-language words to see their translations. Struggling with a verb tense? Use it in a phrase, and a translator app can usually come up with the right conjugation. If you want to test out your grammar, you might try inputting a phrase in Spanish and seeing how the app translates it. Some apps even offer speech input, so you can try saying a phrase in Spanish to see how it’s translated. This will allow you to test your grammar and pronunciation simultaneously.
7 Best Spanish Translator Apps for iPad
Now that you’re itching to start downloading, get your device ready and make sure to back up your iCloud, because here come some apps you’ll definitely want.
And here’s a bonus for you before you even begin: FluentU! We didn’t include it on the list since it’s not strictly a translator app, but FluentU has many vocabulary words you can add to your list, presented in the context of authentic videos. It doesn’t get better than that!
FluentU takes real-world videos, like music videos, commercials, news and inspiring talks, and turns them into Spanish learning experiences.
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—topics like soccer, TV shows, business, movies and even magical realism, 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.
Plus, 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 recommends examples and videos for you based on the words you’ve already learned. Every learner has a truly personalized experience, even if they’re studying with the same video.
Spanish Translator Pro is a low cost ($0.99) 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.
2. Hello Hola by Sam Saunders
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 $1.99.
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. Plus, you can share the translated text via email, texting or social media.
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.
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.
Free English to Spanish Translator for Travelers is sort of a cross between a translator and a phrasebook.
Like a phrasebook, words and phrases are already entered into the app and you select what you want. However, it acts like a translator in that you can put several words and phrases together to construct your own sentences. This way, you don’t have to type or speak to get a translation.
The audio was recorded by native speakers at a pace that’s also comfortable for Spanish students, so it’s also a good learning tool.
You can “favorite” words or phrases. You can even organize your favorites so that you can plan out conversations ahead of time.
Plus, the app works offline, which is perfect for easy access while abroad.
The basic app is free with 250 words and phrases. You can also purchase the expansion for $4.99.
6. Translate Offline: English and Spanish Translator by SkyCode Ltd.
Translate Offline: English and Spanish Translator is a free app that offers a lot of unique features that could make it your next best friend.
You can type text to translate between English and Spanish. From here, you’ll get the translated text along with the audio pronunciation. However, you can also click any word in the translated text to hear that word alone. This is a great way to nail down any pronunciations you’re struggling with.
Plus, this app can also translate images of text from English to Spanish or from Spanish to English. This is helpful for translating things like signs, newspapers or even restaurant menus.
The app also has a dictionary/phrasebook for your convenience.
What’s more, all these features work offline so you can access them wherever life may take you, even if it’s to exotic lands without free Wi-Fi.
The iHandy Translator Pro app costs $2.99 and offers 52 languages, including Spanish.
Simply enter text and the app will translate it and provide audio of the translation. The app allows you to copy and paste text, but it also offers integrated social media features for easy sharing.
Plus, if you flip your device, iHandy Translator Pro offers “landscape mode,” which will display text in a larger font so that you can show the text to whoever you’re trying to communicate with.
The app also offers a phrasebook with common expressions. You can even add your own words and phrases to make it a useful tool for your unique needs.
So if you say “yes” to iOS and think the iPad is more than a fad, give these Spanish translator apps a try!
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