Traveling the whole world is a common dream of every person who seeks adventure. There are so many wonders that await you and stories that are waiting to be told. The land mass of the earth was divided into different continents and there emerged the different cultures of humanity. Culture influences the way people dress, what they eat, their rituals, their social manners, and etiquette but most especially their language.
Language is a very broad topic. It can be verbal, physical or written. Language is the way people communicate. It is how people can make a trade in the market; it is how you are able to go to places. However, because of the division of the earth, we are not able to speak a common language or dialect. It has not always been easy for language to be interpreted as we do today. These moments in time are that; this has led to international conflicts and worse tragedies like the Nanjing Massacre. Ever since the World War, people have changed its perspective in international communication.
When traveling around the world, we will encounter different languages. In Asia alone, you have the Korean, Japanese, Tagalog, Thai, Chinese languages and a lot more. This is very different from how European languages sound. Examples of which are Italian, German, French and Dutch. When these nationalities go to the US, they have very hard time to interpret their thoughts in English. Although English may be the universal language of communication across most countries, not everyone is fluent in speaking this language. The barrier of communication has always been a cause of stress when stepping foot to a new and, moreover a new continent for that matter.
Amongst all languages in the whole world, Chinese is one of the hardest to learn. People who travel to China for the first time have a difficult time going around. However, nowadays technology has been able to bridge the gap of translation between languages. There are pocket-sized language translator devices that can do the hard work for you. Unlike the old times, they only have dictionaries and hardbound books wherein you must find specific words and phrases then build the sentence from the word-to-word translation.
Today, technology is more advanced that have an option to translate the whole phrase. These devices not only have the translation function but also world clocks and currency converters to make traveling a lot easier. Aside from electronic translators such as pocket-sized electronic dictionaries, people have also developed smartphone applications. These applications are usually free to download, however, advanced features cost more and for a premium. These applications are equipped speech-to-text features and will be able to detect how words and phrases are pronounced. The fast turnaround of translation would help a lot on scenarios and situations especially on emergency instances.
Going around China, signages may have an English translation but are not accurate most of the time. If you are not able to find a tour guide to translate instructions for you, it would be the most cost-effective way to travel if you download and install translator applications on your phone. You may ask why people still use market devices for translation if they could just download an app.
Not everyone has a smart phone they carry and since they are traveling data may cost a lot due to roaming charges. China bans a lot of social media and website access. You may have to find Wi-Fi connection and activate you translator but it will be very stressful. Therefore, others may find it more practical to have a pocket-sized electronic translator in their bags instead.