GETTING around a language barrier is one of the few downsides of being on holiday.

Whether it's trying to order food in a restaurant, or asking someone for directions, not knowing the language of the country you're in always makes life more difficult.

But there are ways around language barriers, especially thanks to the rise in translation technology over the last few years.

One of the latest innovations helping holidaymakers abroad is the NEWYES scan reader dictionary pen 3.0.

The pen can translate between 112 different languages, including both audio and text, making it useful for pretty much any trip abroad.

It is also capable of translating languages offline, meaning that users don't need to be connected to the internet at all times, which is useful when abroad and trying to avoid roaming costs.

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The pen is crowd-funded and is designed to have lightning-fast translation speed.

While scanning text, it recognises up to 3,000 characters per minute and has a 0.3-second translation speed with up to 98 per cent accuracy. 

Translations can also be saved for later, while audio files can be transferred to laptops via a built-in USB.

The NEWYES pen also has bluetooth connectivity so translations can be listened to on headphones.

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The device usually for £169 on Amazon, where it has an overall rating of 4/5 stars.

One user said: "This scan reader is absolutely amazing, I’m not very technically minded but I find it very easy to use.

"I also tried the phonetic translation function which seems very handy as you can use it at any time, just literally grab and talk.

"The device can pick up and translate your words instantly."

Another reviewer wrote: "It is nothing short of brilliant. It's straightforward to use and fairly intuitive which is essential for those that need it to be able to get the most from it."

A third added: "Not only does this translate, but it records voice, scans, and does text to speech.

"It has a built in dictionary in 112 languages. It's perfect."

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