Price: Free / $0.99
Dict.cc is a multilingual dictionary app. It can translate between a variety of languages, including Spanish, English, German, Italian, Russian, and French along with about a dozen others. The app works like a basic dictionary. You look up a word in one language. It tells you the definition and the pronunciation and spelling of the same word in other languages. The UI is a little old looking. However, that’s a very small complaint and it’s our only one. This one is cheap and it rocks.
Dictionary Linguee is another multilingual dictionary with support for a variety of languages. That includes Spanish, English, French, German, and many others. You can look up words for any of the languages and get the words in any other language it supports. The app also features a clean, simple UI, a translation feature, an offline mode, example sentences, punctuation, and more. There really isn’t anything wrong with this one aside from the occasional preference. Between this and Dict.cc, you can get all of the information you could possibly need.
English Spanish Dictionary
English Spanish Dictionary is a simple, free Spanish to English dictionary. This one features the basics. That includes Spanish to English and English to Spanish definitions and translations. Additionally, the app includes synonyms, antonyms, auto suggestions, various search types, word games, pronunciations, and it works offline. There isn’t a lot wrong with it in terms of usability or bugs. This is a perfectly serviceable Spanish to English dictionary. It is free with advertising support. We would’ve liked a way to remove the ads, but it is what it is.
Google Play Books
Price: Free / Book costs vary
You don’t need physical phrasebooks or dictionaries with a smartphone. However, you can still purchase old school phrasebooks and dictionaries from ebook services like Google Play Books, Amazon Kindle, etc. They give you all of the benefits of an actual phrasebook or multilingual dictionary but without the hassle that comes with carrying around paper all day. Most ebook providers have such books available in their store. We recommend Google Play Books because it’s easy and it’s linked directly to your existing Google account already. Plus, it looks nice.
Google Translate is probably the best for this sort of thing. It translates over 100 different languages and it includes definitions and pronunciations. Additionally, the app lets you translate stuff through your phone’s camera. It even includes a live conversation translator function. You and another person speak into it and it translates the conversation in real time. We thought that was neat. The app is also clean, simple, and free. This is usually the one we recommend first. Microsoft Translator is an excellent second choice if you don’t like this one.
Learn Spanish Offline
Price: Free / $1.99
Learn Spanish Offline is a perfectly serviceable phrasebook app. It features over 2,000 common sentences, phrases, and words. The app also includes pronunciation, a simple interface, and complete offline support. It doesn’t function overly well as a dictionary app. We recommend Dictionary Linguee or Dict.cc for that. However, this works well for the occasional vacationer or business person on a trip. It’s free with ads or you can pay $1.99 for the premium version.
Reverso Translation Dictionary
Price: Free / Up to $12.00
Reverso Translation Dictionary is a translation app and a dictionary app. It supports a number of languages, including Spanish, French, Italian, Arabic, Russian, German, and many others. It translates words from one language to another and also provides their dictionary meaning. That’s par for the course for apps on this list. The app also features a clean, simple design, pronunciations, sentence examples, suggestions, and even flashcards for learning purposes. This is definitely one of the better ones and right up there with Dictionary Linguee and Dict.cc.
Price: Free / $2.99
SpanishDict Translator is probably the best Spanish to English dictionary on the list for just those two languages. The app features a solid, simple user interface, conjugations, pronunciations, regional word usage, auto suggestions, a translation function, and even a word of the day. There is very little wrong with this app in terms of usability or stability. We didn’t see one crash or issue at all, actually. This should do the trick for most people. Those who need more languages can try Dictionary Linguee, Dict.cc, or Reverso. Those who just need Spanish and don’t want Google Translate should use this one first.
Price: Free / $1.99
Spanish – English is a dictionary app and phrasebook. It features the basics for both categories, including a ton of words, phrases, and vocabulary for tourists and visitors. The app also includes a translator, some word games for memorization purposes, a listening test, a writing test, and more. This is actually a decent app for Spanish learners as well as travelers. We recommend pairing this with a language learning app to actually learn Spanish. However, it works perfectly fine as a standalone phrasebook and dictionary app. The UI is a little rough, though.
Most Spanish learning apps
Price: Free / Varies
You may want to opt in and go the extra mile for learning Spanish as a complete language. Most Spanish learning apps include dictionaries, translation functions, phrasebooks, and similar tools for Spanish learners. These are typically fairly expensive endeavors. However, you learn a life skill that is actually useful. Those who really only need it for a vacation or a business trip who have no intention on returning may opt for a dictionary or phrasebook app like the ones listed above. However, those who are curious to return may just want to go the extra mile and simply learn Spanish.
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