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Now here’s an app that could save you the embarrassment and frustration that can sometimes result from whipping out the language phrasebook in a foreign country. Instead of stitching together a poorly constructed sentence, or misunderstanding someone else’s message entirely, you can use the Google Translate app to ensure you understand — and are understandable.

Able to translate between 57 different languages, Google Translate can decipher phrases by voice recognition as you speak, or by text as you type. The app can also vocalize your translations, providing you, or whoever you’re trying to communicate with, the opportunity to hear the language spoken. Plus, translations can be displayed in full screen mode, making it easier for others to read, and can even be starred for future reference — even if you’re offline. Let’s take a closer look.