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How to Talk to the World Through Free Translation Apps

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Korean-language text.

Apples Translate app can display results in full-screen mode (as can Google Translate) and play a recording of the text.

Credit: Apple

Need to have a conversation in a language you don't know, make sense of a printed sign or quickly translate a message? With Google and Apple revving their machine-learning engines in their Google Translate and Apple's Translate apps, there's a whole new world of communication possibilities right in your pocket.

Keep in mind that computer interpretation is not perfect. You may get some awkward translations (and stares). Third-party apps may be more in depth. But these freebies can provide a general sense of things and become learning aids. Here's a quick tour.


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