Product Review: Franklin TGA-490 12 Language Speaking Global Translator

Pic3One of the greatest hassles when traveling to another country is the language difference. While it is sometimes fine to communicate through actions, communication is better when you know how to speak the language of the person you are talking to. In the attempt to solve the burdens of travelers due to language barrier, Franklin, the successful brand behind many useful translators, has come up with another innovation. The company’s latest product, which is already available in the market, is called Franklin TGA-490 12 Language Speaking Global Translator. This product made it to “TIME’s 25 Gotta Have Travel Gadgets” and I find it worthy to feature.

Product Information

(Source: amazon.ca)


Brand Franklin
Model TGA-490
Color Black
Weight 635 grams / 1.40 lbs.
Dimensions 12.7 x 2.5 x 7.6 cm
Battery Required 1 Lithium Ion Battery
Accessories Rechargeable Battery

USB Cable


AC Adaptor

Price £79.95, including shipping across UK



How to Use Franklin TGA490 as a Translator

This translator has over 115, 000 words and 12, 000 preprogrammed phrases. The words and phrases can be read on the screen and can also be heard through the ‘human voice speaker’. To use the translator, slide it open. You will be provided with 12 topics: Conversing, Dining, Emergencies, Food Shopping, General, Health, Hotel, Pleasure, Shopping, Time, Travel, and Weather. Choose a topic and choose a sentence you want to translate. Next, choose the language you want to translate the sentence to. To listen how to properly pronounce the translated phrase/sentence, press the volume button. Translations are available in 12 different languages: Chinese (Mandarin), Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. This translator also features a lightened screen so reading texts is never an issue even in the dark.

Pic2Using the Earphones and MP3 Player

This travel gadget is not only a translator but also an MP3 player and a recorded. First, download your favorite songs in MP3 file format. You can play music using the speaker or you can listen to it discretely using the earphones that come with the package. In addition, if you are someone who is always on the go but does not want to miss out important things, you can also record voice memo in this device. You have the option to listen to the recordings from the device itself or upload them to your PC.

Additional Features

Aside from being a translator, an MP3 player, and a voice recorder, this product is also a currency and metric converter, a clock, and a time converter.


Here is a 6-minute video that reviews all the functions of Franklin TGA-490 12 Language Speaking Global Translator:

-Happy Globetrotting!