How to use your iPhone to translate foreign words to English (no app required)

“If you have ever tried to wrap your head around a second language, the effectiveness of reading books or news of that foreign origin will not have escaped you: aside from proactively memorizing words and grammar, it’s probably the quickest way to getting a grasp of the concept of any foreign language,” Steffen Reich writes for iDownloadBlog.

“While it is no longer a secret that Apple provides a set of built-in dictionaries for when you stumble upon a word unbeknownst to you, there is an important distinction between some of the dictionaries available to you,” Reich writes. “The tutorial below is going to highlight the difference between the two main subsets of dictionaries (thesaurus vs. actual language to language translation) and scrutinize if your language of choice is one of the few lucky ones Apple decided to support beyond the thesaurus.”

Reich writes, “Following that is a quick demonstration on how to translate the words in question to English.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: We use and recommend Duolingo for those interested in learning a new language.


  1. I love Duolingo and heartily recommend it for anyone trying to learn a language they offer. It drills you repeatedly, is good for pronunciation (just try to match native speaker’s pronunciation of each sentence aloud) and gradually introduces and reinforces vocabulary. Plus I love the way it pushes you to go back to review previous lessons .Just spending 15 to 20 minutes a day on duolingo will get you a fantastic start but it will probably take a year to go through the whole series of lessons. It introduces grammar but if you are serious about a language, sooner or later you need to find the courage to dive into the grammar pool and try not to drown. Learning a new language is tough but Doulingo takes a lot of pain out of the process.

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