Filipino is the official language of the Philippines along with English. It’s also very similar to the Tagalog language, also prominent in that region. In any case, travelers and vacationers don’t need to learn the whole language. A good translation dictionary or phrasebook should suffice for most. Your smartphone can definitely help you with that. In fact, it’s probably easier than buying actual phrasebooks or dictionaries. Here are the best Filipino to English dictionaries and phrasebooks for Android!
- Filipino Dictionary
- Filipino English Translator
- Google Play Books
- Google Translate
- Microsoft Translator
- Filipino learning apps like Memrise
Filipino Dictionary is a simple, but effective dictionary app. It translates between only Filipino and English. It works pretty well. Some of the app’s features include offline support, auto suggestions, audio pronunciations, synonyms, antonyms, and more. The app also comes with study aids for practice and memorization. It’s a little simple, but the UI looks good and it’s easy to use. Plus, it’s entirely free with no in-app purchases. There are ads. We would’ve liked a way to pay to remove those.
Filipino English Translator
Filipino English Translator is another simple translator app. It translates from Filipino to English and vice versa. It works for voice, typing, and handwriting. The app also does single words and whole sentences. That should be good enough for most travelers. Some other features include Tagalog support, and translations from your clipboard. That’s about all it does. It’s a nice, simple, lightweight app. It’s also free with advertising. There is no way to remove the advertising and that’s about its only real problem.
Google Play Books (and similar apps)
Price: Free / Book prices vary
Google Play Books (and similar apps) work well for this sort of thing. Ebook retailers have a variety of Filipino to English dictionaries, phrasebooks, and practice books. We recommend 1001+ Exercises for Filipino and English, Pocket Tagalog Dictionary, and 3000+ Vocabulary terms. Most ebooks for this cost under $15. The app also supports offline downloading, cross-device syncing, and book searching. It’s an old school method. However, it’s a new school way of doing it. The app is free and most books cost a few bucks.
Google Translate is probably the best app for this kind of stuff. It translates between over 100 languages online and 59 languages offline. Each language is downloadable. Thus, you can roll with just one or as many as you need. The app also supports words and full sentences. Your input options include your camera, voice, handwriting, and text input. It can even translates conversations in real time. The app is specifically for travelers and vacationers. It’s also entirely free with no ads or in-app purchases.
Microsoft Translate is good for the same reason Google Translate is good. It can translate between a bunch of languages on the fly. It works for over 60 languages and Filipino is one of them. The features offline translations so you can use it anywhere. Plus, you get translations through the camera app with OCR, voice translations, and a split screen mode so two people can talk to the phone and get different responses. Frankly, for stuff like travel or study, this is just as good as Google Translate. The only real difference is Google Translate has slightly better translations and support for more languages.
Bonus: Filipino learning apps
Price: Free / Varies
Of course, it’s always an option to just flat out learn the language. Most language learning apps have phrasebooks, dictionaries, memorization techniques, lessons, practice functions, and more. It has all the stuff a traveler would need along with a ton of other stuff too. These apps tend to be more expensive. However, you get a metric ton of content. This may be overkill for someone just taking a vacation or a weekend business trip. However, those who plan on returning frequently may want to just learn the language.
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