If you are off on a world trip and you don’t have any good skills in the languages you are likely to encounter problems while communicating with the local residents, to avoid that it’s a good idea to go online with your smart phone and download an app that has all the languages. You will be able to refer to them quickly and speak and understand the languages despite the fact you have never taken the time to learn them. Translate.com has apps for both iPhone localization and Android devices. Another app is called Mobile translation which offers a similar service.
Top Languages for iPhone App Localization
There are certain key languages that you should consider for your app translation and your iPhone app localization. These include:
French is spoken in a number of countries including France, Switzerland, Belgium, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Ivory Coast, Congo, Senegal, French Guiana, New Caledonia, Haiti, French Polynesia and no doubt some more.
German is spoken in Germany, Switzerland and Austria
Spanish is one of the most widely spoken world languages, covering not only Spain but all the countries in South America except Brazil. It is also spoken in most of the countries in Central America which are Panama, Guatamala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Puerto Rico.
Mandarin is the national language of China so if China is on your travel agenda you will need Mandarin on your translation app.
Arabic is surprisingly widespread and you will find smatterings of the language even in Turkey and it’s spoken along with French and Berber in Algeria and Morocco. Many people visit the pyramids near Cairo so Arabic is a useful language to know. It’s also spoken in Oman, Kuwait, UAE, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Portuguese is spoken of course in Portugal but it’s also the main language of Brazil.
If you are spending a lot of time in India Hindi is the main language but English of course is widespread.
If South East Asia is on your agenda, you could try to get a basic understanding of Bahasa Indonesia or Bahasa Malaysia. You only really need one of these 2 languages, as they are both very similar to each other. The two languages put together are spoken by some 200 million speakers.