5 Best Korean to English Translation Apps

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Korean to English translation apps are becoming more popular with the rise of Korean Pop culture. It’s always helpful to have a precise Korean translator when you’re studying Korean or even watching K-Drama.

Most people would go straight for the Google Translate app for translating a foreign language. However, numerous translation apps are more accurate and specific.

Here are five of the best apps to use for translating the Korean language to English.

1. Naver Korean Dictionary & Translate

The Naver translator app is one of the first Korean translator apps available through the internet. Korea’s top search engine Naver developed the app delivering the most accurate and complete Korean-English and English-Korean translator.

The translator is also one of the most used apps with various instructions to help learn its usage. The homepage features grammar tips, idioms, words-of-the-day, as well as daily Korean conversations. Along with each translation comes a variety of model sentences utilizing sentence structures and keywords to create an effective learning experience.

The app also lets a user record their voice and then transcribes and delivers instant written translations of your speech as well.

2. Flitto

The Flitto translation service started in 2012 and is known for its direct human translators. The online platform delivers translation needs by matching businesses or individuals with the right translator.

The user posts a request on the Flitto platform using a text message, a voice message, or even an image then a registered translator will check and translate the content. Flitto operates on a point-based system, where translations can be accessed by users buying translation points. The customer chooses the translator, who is then awarded Flitto points.

Flitto provides domestic and international companies with data based on the language data collected through the platform. The service has over 9.5 million users in 173 countries and also works with companies like Systran, Airbnb, and Naver in delivering its translation services.

3. Genie Talk

Office suite developer Hancom Interfree created the two-way translation service for Korean into English, Japanese and Chinese, and vice versa. After launching in 2012, the app became famous for its ‘on the spot translation.’

In 2018 the company launched a new version overcoming technical difficulties such as slow performance and internet connectivity issues.

Downloading the Genie Talk app allows all its required programs for translation to be automatically installed on the smartphone. The service is useful for travelers in a foreign country who intend to find directions, hotel check-ins, restaurant reservations, or any valuable tasks.

Genie Talk supports nine languages and can easily accomplish speech, text, and even image translations. The translation service has won numerous awards and became the official translation partner for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

4. Papago Translate

Papago Translate, also created by Naver, is considered as a true translator versus a dictionary. Some might find it as a ‘lite’ version of Naver; however, both have differences with each other.

The platform’s interface is smooth and straightforward, where users can easily select languages and input methods such as typing, conversations, microphones, or text recognition from an image. The service also includes a section where customers can save their ‘Favorite’ words creating a word and phase bank and also keeps the user’s history.

Papago features a phrasebook and a website translator to aid beginners and travelers. The translator also features a Kids section where children can learn with cute and colorful picture cards on various topics in Korean and English.

5. GreenLife Translator

The Greenlife Translator uses text, speech, or conversations to translate language and also features an advantage of suggesting changes to sentences containing grammatical errors. The service shows the user what grammatical function a word has in a sentence.

The app contains crosswords, daily words, word games, flashcards, phrasebooks, and an offline dictionary to aid users in learning effectively. It also allows customers to email or text themselves translations for later study.

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