Helpful apps for living in Germany
Get organized, learn the language and make yourself at home with these tablet and smartphone apps.
Conversions: Monitor your spending with the XE Currency app, which calculates euro prices in U.S. dollars. Change metric measurements to the imperial system with ConvertPad, Converter Plus or Convert Any Unit Free.
German language: Type the English phrase to see and hear the German translation with iTranslate or Voice Translator. The Word Lens feature of Google Translate simultaneously translates menus, signs and paperwork.
Have fun and learn German quickly with Duolingo, Learn German by MindSnacks and German Free 24/7 Language Learning. As your skills advance, graduate to Learn German — 3,400 Words, German Verbs Trainer, German Gender of Nouns Trainer or German Class Lite. Learn German for Kids and Learn German Baby Flash Cards are great options for children.
GPS: Not ready to invest in a GPS for your car? A number of map apps are available that provide the same service for much less. MotionX GPS Drive and Google Maps are both highly rated for directions and current traffic. To avoid data usage, try the offline maps available from Maps.me.
Internet locator: While waiting for home Internet, look on Free Wi-Fi Finder for area businesses offering Wi-Fi to customers.
Money: Keep track of moving expenses, financial goals and upcoming bill payments. Mint.com Personal Finance supports advanced fiscal planning. Mint Bills & Money reminds you of pending bills and shows current bank account and credit card balances.
News: For the most important news affecting your family — as well as sports, classifieds, DODEA updates and entertainment — download the Stars and Stripes mobile and tablet apps, and purchase a digital access subscription.
Organization: Get an organizational app to prioritize your to-do list and remember the small stuff. Errands To-Do List and Wunderlist: To-Do List & Tasks allow you to create agendas for every aspect of life, keeping you on track after your PCS.