5 Best Spanish Translation Apps

The 6 Best Spanish Translation Apps

Spanish translation apps can help you learn the language, travel or just understand a text written in Spanish. Find out about 6 useful tools.

With over 470 million native speakers, Spanish is the fourth most widely spoken language in the world. Even though it is seen as a rather easy language to learn, it takes someone an average of 480 hours of study to speak Spanish. Unfortunately, most of us are unable to dedicate the hours that are needed to become fluent in a new language. The good news is that downloading a Spanish translation app on your smartphone can help you. Whether you are traveling or you just need a bit of help to understand a Spanish text, these translation apps have you covered.

1. Google Translate

By far one of the most popular translation apps, Google Translate supports more than 100 languages, including Spanish. According to Reviewbox, Google Translate uses a neural machine translation engine to translate whole sentences, rather than individual words. This adds context to the translation, and is supposed to make it more natural. In addition, the app is very simple to use and is constantly updated with new features. One of these features is World Lens, and it allows users to point their camera at a piece of text, such as a sign, and see the translation come up on their screen. Google Translate also provides speech translation and handwritten translation, which translates language handwritten on your smartphone screen.

2. SayHi

Want to have a quick conversation with someone in Spanish, but you can barely manage to say two words in the language? SayHi enables a two-way conversation in real time. It’s as easy as speaking into your phone. Then you let the app take care of the rest by translating your words into a foreign language. It also transcribes the conversation that can be seen and heard by the other people in their native language. The app covers around 90 languages and dialects, and even lets you select the audio speed.

3. iTranslate Voice

The iTranslate apps —including iTranslate Converse, iTranslate Voice, and iTranslate Translator— all include different features. Perhaps the most impressive is iTranslate Voice since it offers “magical voice to voice translation.” Even if you speak no Spanish at all, having a conversation in the language is as easy as speaking into your phone in English —or many other languages for that matter— and having the app translate your words into Spanish or 24 other languages.

4. TextGrabber

This is your best app for translating menus and signs in a foreign language. TextGrabber scans and translates any text from an image. Simply point your phone camera at the text and have it translated into English or another language, on your phone screen, within seconds. TextGrabber can also prove a great tool for making sense of maps in a foreign language. The app saves all your translation results for future reference.

5. TripLingo

Designed mainly for travelers, TripLingo features a real-time translator, as well as a tip calculator, and a currency converter. The app features voice, image, and text translations in 42 languages, including Spanish. It also provides phrases in four different slang levels to help you with the local lingo, and interesting facts about Spanish customers and etiquette too. For a fee, TripLingo can also connect you with a live translator.


Vocre is a fun and easy way to have a conversation with someone who speaks a foreign language. This application provides instant voice translation and text translation in 59 languages by turning your phone into a translator with just a flip of the wrist. Simply speak into your smartphone, and your words will be transtated into the foreign language you select. It is available on iOS and Android.

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This article has been written by Fabrice

Economist, linguist and investor, Fabrice is the co-founder of Cultures Connection, where he holds the position of Operations Director.