Either you are vagabonding around the world, hosting a foreign guest in your country or just making a quick trip abroad, knowledge of different languages could change the entire experience.
The pocket-sized Langogo said its AI-powered translator offers a shortcut for the arduous language learning process. We tested the translator out to see if it is worth it to spend the extra cash to invest in a mobile translator versus sticking to your cell phone.
Langogo said it offers 95 languages covering most of the popular languages around the world.
However, the number 95 is probably an inflated number consisting of different accents counting as different languages.
For example, more than 20 out of the 95 are different types of Spanish. You might have an argument separating Chilean Spanish and Puerto Rico Spanish, but it is baffling why American Spanish is a stand-alone language. It also has 12 different English modes (yes we tried the Pilipino English but it just came out regular), and three Chinese modes.
That being said, it is more than enough for travelers to find common languages out of the 95 different options.
The user experience is smoother compared to using the Google Translate app on my phone. Langogo has a dedicated button on the side to initiate translation.
Upon pressing the button the machine automatically detects the language from the two the user selected. It will come up with dictation and translate it promptly.
We took turns speaking English and French to the machine, and it translated for us effectively.
In terms of accuracy, Langogo did a good job of translating basic conversations. It also translated obscure scientific terms well. It even delivered some colorful language with censorship, which might come handy when you are abroad.
However, when it comes to idioms, slangs or complicated concept, it did not work well. You can check out the machine in action here.
Although Langogo is marketed as a translator, it does a little bit more to help you stay connected in a foreign country. It could also be used as a hotspot with a sim card slot.
The translator could connect to regular wifi or cellular network via an E-sim card or a physical micro sim card.
You can also sign up for its built-in global Wi-Fi program that works similar to an E-sim card.