Worldwide Travel just got easier with the Langogo AI Translator
When you visit different countries, meet individuals from other cultures, or decide to live in another place altogether, communication difficulties are guaranteed. And while differences in language can sometimes be a lot of fun, mostly it’s just plain frustrating.
It’s impossible to count the number of times I’ve wished I could speak the local language during my travels to 61 countries around the world. I mean, what worldwide traveler hasn’t found themselves in a sticky situation trying to give a taxi or tuk tuk driver directions, order a meal in a restaurant, or locate a bathroom!? I certainly have. More times than I can count.
There was the time we ended up with deep fried apples instead of a meal in a Beijing restaurant. Or the time, the auto-rickshaw driver took us for a ride in Agra. Or the time I tried to order coffee in Italy without my Italian speaking hubby. Or the multiple times I’ve tried to deal with banking, healthcare and daily life in Seoul and failed. You get the point…
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WORLDWIDE TRAVEL MADE EASIER
But what if there was a device that could not only make worldwide travel and expat life easier, it could also help you travel and connect with locals in a meaningful way?
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, far from any sort of social media, you’ve seen videos of portable real time translation devices. Like most people, I thought these were super-cool, but wondered how accurate they really were.
So when I was approached by Langogo to test out their all new AI powered two-way translator, you know I was super stoked. This could be a game changer. Not just for worldwide travel, but for life as an expat in any country.
WHAT THE HECK IS A LANGOGO AI TRANSLATOR ANYWAY?
The Langogo is a small handheld AI product designed to help you travel around the world and communicate effectively with locals. It’s the world’s first artificial intelligence (AI) powered translator, meaning it has artificial neural networks technology that gets “smarter,” the more you use it.
The Langogo automatically switches between 60+ languages in real time, without you having to fiddle around with extra buttons. To be honest, I spent a lot of time, madly tapping the 2 arrows between the language selectors trying to get it to reverse languages, but you don’t actually have to do anything. The Langogo is smarter than that. It’s able to accurately recognize and translate between 2 languages in less than a second. BY ITSELF.
You can watch my hubby testing out the seamless Italian to English translation in the video below. Make sure you have your sound on.
So, essentially, if you select real time translation between any two language, it will automatically recognize and translate back and forth between the languages as you speak.
The Langogo also has a whole bunch of other functions, including voice recognition and noise cancelling, so that you can actually use it in crowded environments where there’s lots of ambient noise. It can also be used as a wifi hotspot for up to 6 devices, and has the capability to connect to local mobile networks without a SIM card.
There’s also an AI voice assistant called Euri, that can provide you with travel information on the go, but I was unable to test it, because it’s not up and running yet.
WHAT DID I LIKE ABOUT THE LANGOGO?
I liked the size and look of the Langogo immediately. It’s smaller than an iPhone and super light, so I could literally throw it in my pocket or purse without feeling any extra weight. It’s so low profile that you could easily hide it in the palm of your hand. This would be especially useful when traveling in parts of the world that are a little riskier.
It was also very intuitive to use. I just opened the box, started pressing buttons on the touch screen, and was off and running.
The coolest thing about the Langogo though, is definitely the incredibly fast two-way translation. I could literally speak into it, and then have a translation less than a second later. Watching the screen as Langogo figured out which words I was speaking was actually fascinating. And the implications for worldwide travel staggering.
DOES THE LANGOGO ACTUALLY WORK?
It’s not perfect, but it’s damn good.
I’m not fluent in Korean, but I know enough to recognize when something is correct or not. When I used the Langogo to translate simple travel-related questions, it was quite accurate. While the grammar structure was not exactly right, the vocabulary was bang-on, and the translation got the point across. If you were in a country where you spoke NOTHING of the language, the Langogo would be indispensable.
The Langogo had some problems understanding and translating more than a few sentences at a time. And it was definitely better between certain languages. Two way translation between Latin languages, like Italian to English, or Spanish to English seemed to work almost every time, but for languages where grammar structures are vastly different, like Korean and English, it had a little more trouble.
Still, Langogo worked well enough to get the point across in almost every instance we tested it in.
SHOULD YOU BUY THE LANGOGO TRANSLATOR?
In a word… yes.
I think it’s impossible to ask a device, no matter how smart it is, to translate 60+ languages perfectly all the time. We are not even capable of doing that as humans. If you consider that Langogo manages to do this automatically, in seconds, relatively accurately, it’s actually something of a miracle.
Even if you think of the Langogo as a really advanced dictionary, it’s worth it. The ease of being able to just press a button, speak and translate into multiple languages can’t be ignored. That the Langogo also functions as a hotspot for 6 devices, can connect to local networks without a SIM card, and provide travel assistance through Euri, makes it a no brainer for worldwide travel and expat life.
The fact that this is only version ONE of the Langogo, and it’s already this good? Well…it makes me wonder what the world will look like 10 years from now.
WHERE CAN I BUY A LANGOGO?
The worldwide launch for the Langogo AI powered Translator was on September 10th at 9PM Beijing time.
At launch, there were 300 Super Early Bird Langogos up for grabs at USD $139. That’s 40% off of the $229 retail price! And you know what? They disappeared in 36 hours. It’s not too late though. There are 500 more up for grabs for $159, before the price goes up again.
Get yours on the LANGOGO WEBSITE. Run, don’t walk, because these will also disappear before you know it.
What do you think? Do you think a Langogo could help you on your worldwide travels? Are you buying one?
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This is interesting and I have seen videos of it on my Facebook. In a sense I think it is super cool to connect people who don’t speak the same language but also, I have always believed it is important for people to make an effort to learn other languages when traveling (even if it’s just hello, goodbye and thank you) because I find that as a sign of respect… but that’s just me. This was an interesting read (and I am not hating on it, it’s a super cool gadget. Just hope it won’t make us lazy in making an effort to learn other languages)
Lisa | LetsGoSomewhereMcKinney
Interesting read! Will have to keep in mind if we start traveling to more countries that don’t speak English. Sometimes a language barrier scares us away from visiting a place!
Meg Will Run the World
Very interesting product. I’m not sure I’d use it because of all the free apps that are available, but appreciate all the information. I could see how it would be a great tool if I were moving to a new country.
It’s quite a bit different than the apps available, because you can two way translate automatically in about a second… but agree – I think I can see it being much more useful in expat life. Half the fun of traveling is not speaking the local language!! 😉
Omg I’ve been seeing prototype testing for products like this for over a year now and was so excited by the prospect of such a thing, it’s actually great to see it in its full, working order! Travel will soon be so much more accessible.
I saw those videos too…and was super curious also. It was exciting to test it out and see for myself that is was actually pretty good at translating. Much much better than Google Translate that’s for sure…
Alial Travel Gal
Sounds great – little pricey though.
It’d be useful though, can’t count the number of times I’ve been laughed at in Asia when I use the limited language I do know 🙂
Haha, I get laughed at all the time here in Seoul, and I’ve been living here for 10 years!! 😉
Part Time Tourists
This was fascinating! I had no idea a device like this even existed. I will have to look into buying it. Thanks for the great read!
It was just launched a few days ago! I’d seen videos of this type of thing, so was super excited to be able to test it out before it was released…and extra happy that it didn’t disappoint. 🙂
This looks like a very handy gadget for our travels. We often find ourselves in language barrier situations… excellent review, thank you!
I can’t wait to take it out for a test drive on our next trip! I think it’ll be very helpful for certain things like travel details etc…
This is amazing! Languages fascinate me and I feel this would be helpful not only for communicating but also for learning! Thanks for sharing 🙂
It is pretty amazing! Google Translate honestly does an awful job of translating between Korean and English, and while this was not perfect, it was so much better, and easier to use. Definitely looking forward to using it here.
Whoa…the Langogo sounds awesome. Darcee & I are heading to Morocco where my French is pitiful and I know not a drop of Arabic so this may be the tool we are looking for in an area where we will otherwise resort to charades!
I love how your daughter can easily communicate. I heard a quote once, “we all laugh in the same language!” That reminded me of her!
The Langogo is awesome!! I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was really impressed. My favourite thing was that it translates so fast between languages with just the press of a button. And it does have Arabic! My hubby tried it out with his Arabic friends and it worked. 🙂 Haha, my daughter is incredibly extroverted and seems to be able to charm almost everyone (unlike her super introverted mother who always wants to hide when she’s talking to strangers) 😉
Interesting! I don’t know if I would use it, maybe if they ever come up with an app but in general I like to learn the basic phrases. No doubt it would be useful in some situations.
It’s so much better than Google Translate or any app in that it translates almost instantly between 60 languages. I was very impressed by it, and think it will be very useful in expat life particularly.
I had never heard of the Langogo before, thanks for the informative article! It’s good to know that there are new products which aim to facilitate world travellers and ex-pats alike. P.S. Could I just add here how incredibly cute your daughter is on that photo???
Yes! The Langogo was just launched a few days ago, so I’m not surprised you haven’t heard of it before. I’m pretty excited to have it for expat life here in Korea – it should make my life a lot easier. Haha, and thanks for noticing my daughter. We think she’s pretty cute too. 🙂
That’s a great review, that’s crazy how technologies are getting more and more advanced every day.
Now I’m considering to buy the Langogo for my mom!
Haha, I feel like I should get it for my dad too. He’s been in Canada for 45 years, yet still doesn’t have a very good grasp of english. It would definitely help him! 🙂
That looks really interested, never tried anything similar 🙂 but I think for my trip to Asia it will be useful
It’s definitely new technology – in fact, they’re still raising funding and developing the product more. It would be especially helpful in Asia since the language is SO different. Where are you going?
the wonders of technology , for the world traveler i am sure this is a Must Have product
It’s crazy how much technology is developing. I swear, it got “smarter” in the week that I was testing it… 😮
Perfect! Amazing product review and I have all the information I need about the product right here. Surely a wishlist item
It’s definitely going to change the way people travel! 🙂
As a linguist, I find this pretty fascinating, but strangely enough, I’ve never really felt like I needed a translator that much, even in places where I did not know a single word of a language. Still, I love smart gadgets, and this one looks particularly fun and potentially valuable!
It’s because you’re a traveler above all – and who needs a translator then. 😉 And let’s face it, half the fun of travel is not knowing what the heck is going on half the time. I will say though, that as an expat, I can already see how this is going to change things. I can get by with basics (the things you usually need for traveling), but more specialized language like for banking, healthcare – you know, real life – is a real stretch for me…
I would for sure snap that thing up if I were an expat in a country like Korea where I knew very little and had low hopes for getting anywhere near fluent! Maybe another marketing pitch for them …?!
Haha I’ve been here for 10 years, and I’m still not fluent. And that’s where I see this being most useful actually – is in expat life, not necessarily while traveling!