The Best
(English - Spanish)
Translation App

Dictionary App
and
3 of the Best Apps to Learn Spanish


NOTE
In addition to "Spanish" (also known as the Castilian language), you'll hear other languages in Spain.  
For example, on the Camino Francés route you'll hear the Basque,
Leonese, and Galician languages...in addition to Spanish.
But most people in Spain can speak Spanish with you, even if their everyday spoken-language is not Spanish.


The Best English-Spanish Translation App

Google Translate


Photo: take a picture of something, and Google will search for the image—and, with your finger, highlight the text in the image you want to translate. 
 Useful for signs, billboards, menus. 

Voice: speak into your iPhone, and Google will translate that into text—and audio too. 
You're in a pharmacy. You need help for your blisters.
Say "I need help for my blisters."
In Google Translate the Spanish text appears, and simultaneously a voice says "Necesito ayuda para mis ampollas"  (I need help for my blisters).


Text: type an English word or phrase that you want translated. You'll get the Spanish text, and if you want (press on the audio icon) you can listen to the Spanish audio of the word or phrase.

The app also asks you if you'd like to download files to use the app offline.
(About 30MB at the time of this writing) 

Bonus: This app provides translations for many languages. For the Camino, you'll be interested to know that the Basque and Galician languages are also available within the app. So is French, of course, should you be starting your journey in France. 


The Best English - Spanish Dictionary App


Collins Spanish-English Translation Dictionary and Verbs

I've used this app for years, and trust its translations—and I love its conjugations of verbs feature (and it offers an audio option too). 
Nicely designed, easy to use app. No internet connection needed. 

You can also get the well-made Collins English-French Dictionary here if you start your Camino journey in France.
—Jean Christie


3 of the Best Apps to Learn Spanish

Even the basics, such as "thank you", "good evening", "please", and numbers one through ten
will help you to feel more comfortable with the local people as you walk through Spain. 

Luckily, apps now make learning a foreign language a lot easier...and even fun!


TIP
Everyone has a different learning style.
 I'd recommend this:
 Download these top apps to find the teaching style you like best. 
(they're all free, with paid upgrades if you want to continue)
Then, delete all but the one that works best for you.
—Jean Christie


Duolingo

Designated Apple's iPhone App of the Year
Millions of people use Duolingo to learn languages.
Short "bite-size" lessons make it easy, and fun! 
Game-like approach keeps you engaged.


Rosetta Stone

Also an award winning app, and used by millions of people around the world.
Rosetta Stone is famous for using the same approach to learning a language as children learn...using pictures, text, sound, real-world situations. 
It's deep learning, natural learning, less about memorization and drills, and more like a puzzle to learn what is the meaning of a word, a sentence.  

Rosetta Stone is for people serious about learning Spanish, and it's a pricey investment.
But the ratings are fantastic (thousands have given it 5 stars out of 5...) and no doubt this app is well-worth the subscription price.
Try the first lesson free to see what you think.


Babbel

Another app that millions have used, Babbel gets you started immediately with the first lesson. 
Super-fast, nicely designed app.
Focus: on learning Spanish that you'd use in everyday situations; and repetition using different formats so you'll retain what you've learned. 
Quick 10-15 minutes lessons. 
Access to full features requires a subscription, but you could just do the minimum one month plan (I thought it was reasonably priced) to prepare for the Camino.
You can try the first lesson free to see if you like Babbel's method.