Travel Gadgets, Travel Tech

Which Portable Translator Should You Buy?

One of the most exhilarating things about traveling to a foreign country is the exposure to a new language. Before I visit a new place, I always learn to say “hello” and “thank you” in the native language. But once my interactions get beyond those basic greetings, I am on my own. I have been known to draw pictures, act things out, or even pull out “Google translate” for crude communication assistance. At times it can be frustrating, but it is absolutely always memorable.

This type of trial-by-fire communication may not sound appealing to everyone out there. For some, the thought of not being able to easily and readily communicate as needed creates mounting anxiety. Fortunately, technological advances over the past decade or so have made it possible to carry a translation device in your pocket. Let’s take a look at the different capabilities these amazing portable translator machines have.

Portable Translator: A Smart Investment

This little gadget sort of resembles an Apple TV remote, so it is small enough to fit in a purse, wallet, or pocket. To access translation, you simply hold down the speech button and speak into the microphone. The device will recognize your speech and then speak the translation out loud.

You can set your language and the target language in the application. This little device can translate English into an astounding 52 foreign languages: Chinese, English, Hindi, Russian, Spanish, Thai, Korean, Japanese, German, French, Italian, Arabic, Portuguese, Danish, Czech, Iceland, Croatian, Afrikaans, Indonesian, Tamil, Catalan, Basque, Filipino, Galician, Zulu, Lithuanian, Hungarian, Dutch, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Slovak, Slovenia, Finnish, Swedish, Vietnamese, Turkish, Greek, Bulgarian, Serb, Ukrainian, Hebrew, Farsi, Armenian, Bengalesem Khmer, Latvian, Nepali, Sinhalese, Swahili, and Tamil.

The smartphone app will also type out the translation as it is spoken. For example, let’s say I visit the application and set up the translator to process English into Spanish. When I am ready, I hold the device’s button and said, “hello, how are you?” into it. Once I release the button, the device will say in a loud clear voice, “Hola, cómo estás?”, while those words simultaneously appear on my phone. If you are planning to travel the world, this is an amazing device to have with you in case of emergency.


This translator is so small that you can literally wear it on your hand like a ring. In fact, it comes with a flexible silicone strap that turns the device into a ring. It can also be easily stored in a wallet or pocket. The device also comes with a corresponding smartphone app, and to activate translation, you simply have to hold down the star button while you speak.

The device will speak the translation out in a loud, clear voice. It also supports photo translation. Just take a photo with your phone, press the photo button on your device, and the application will display the translation. This device supports 16 different languages: English, Chinese, Cantonese, French, Canadian French, German, Japanese, Arabic, Spanish, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Russian, Korean and Thai.


This translation device features a sleek, simple design, and is easy to use. With just three buttons – the translation button, on/off switch, and volume control – this device is nearly foolproof. Just download the corresponding smartphone app, and connect this device via Bluetooth. You can set the input and output languages in the application, then just hold the main button while you speak the input language, and within 1 to 2 seconds the device will speak out the translation is a loud, clear voice.

This translator comes in three color options: pink, blue, and silver. It supports an incredible 34 languages: English, Chinese(Simplified), Chinese(Traditional), Cantonese, French, German, Korean, Japanese, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Arabic, Russian, Thai, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Norwegian, Polish, Swedish, Turkish, Vietnamese, Ukrainian, Malay, Catalan, Croatian, Romanian, and Slovak.


If you are looking for a translator that does not require a corresponding smartphone application, this is the device for you. It works over WiFi or 4G and comes with a built-in 2” display screen that transcribes your phrases as you speak them. The battery will last for 8 hours of operation time.

It supports 28 different languages, including: Chinese, Cantonese, English, (Egypt) Arabic, (Saudi) Arabic, Danish, German, Spanish, Finnish, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Dutch, Polish, Portugal, Russian, Swedish, Indonesia, Czech, Hungarian, Romanian, Vietnamese, Thailand, Tamil, Hindi.


This device actually records your voice as you speak into it. There are two recording buttons, one for A to B translations, and one for B to A translation. It connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth and wifi, and the corresponding application will display your dual language conversation like a text conversation.

It supports 33 different languages: English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Sichuanese, Korean, Japanese, French, German, Spanish, Thai, Italian, Dutch, Greek, Portuguese, Russian, Arabic, Hungarian, Romanian, Czech, Finnish, Danish, Swedish, Polish.


If you are looking for help with written text rather than spoken language, this device is perfect for you. All you have to do is scan the pen over the foreign language you need translated, and the display screen on the pen will display the sentence or phrase in English.

This portable translator will also speak the sentence or phrase aloud. This is a fantastic learning device for anyone looking to learn a new language. It’s good for translating instructions, directions, or anything else written in another language.


The next time you travel to a foreign land, make sure you have one of these devices with you for easy, stress-free communication.

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