What Mobile Google Translate Can Do

One of the problems that a tourist arises in a foreign country is the language barrier. Especially if you have only basic knowledge of English, and other languages ​​are unfamiliar even at a basic level. However, with the current development of artificial intelligence systems, this problem is completely solvable. It is enough to install the Google Translate application on your smartphone .

The free application “Google Translate” will solve the problem of the language barrier in a hotel, restaurant, shop and just in communication with local residents. Moreover, this does not even require constant access to the Internet, you just need to prepare the application in advance before the trip by downloading the necessary dictionaries. Let’s take a closer look at how Google Translate can help.

Offline translation
Are you somewhere in the middle of a foreign city and want to get to a museum, shopping center or your hotel? Don’t know where to go because you forgot to download maps, or don’t know which public transport stop you need to get off at? Of course, it is good to know English, which is considered universal for international communication. But if you or the locals do not speak it at a sufficient level, a smartphone with Google Translate will come to the rescue.

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In order not to waste expensive traffic abroad, you need to download the required language pack in advance. After that, Google Translate will be able to work offline, without using the network. Hundreds of directions are available for translation: the application supports more than 100 languages, including such exotic ones as Telugu or Marathi.

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To translate specific words and expressions, you just need to enter them in the input window, after which the application will automatically translate the words into the desired language. By tapping on the arrow icon (⇄), you can change the translation direction.

A reverse translation function is also available. You can select it by clicking on the three-dot icon and choosing “reverse translation” from the drop-down menu.

The text for translation can be entered not only using the keyboard. There are other options as well. You can click on the microphone icon and speak the text you want to translate. Google Translate will recognize your speech and translate it into the required language.

There is also support for handwriting input. You can skip typing on the on-screen keyboard, but write it with your finger or stylus, after tapping on the corresponding button, so that a field for handwriting appears.

This is the simplest thing the app can do for you. Let’s move on to more advanced and interesting features.

Formation and use of a phrasebook
By typing words and expressions for translation, you can form a phrasebook for yourself at the same time. This function is convenient in that you gradually accumulate a base of standard words and expressions, which will always be at hand, so in the future you will not have to waste time typing.

To get the translated word or phrase into the phrasebook, you need to tap on the star. After that, the phrase will be recorded in the “Phrasebook” section. In the future, it is enough to go into it, tap on the desired phrase, and Google Translate will provide a translation that can be used in communication with local residents. Click on the speaker image – and the smartphone will say the phrase for you in the required language.

But this is not the most interesting thing either. Because with the help of Google Translate, you can communicate with the locals. Moreover, you will speak your language, and they will speak theirs. The application will explain to you what the interlocutor wants to say.

Conversation function
In order to communicate with a foreigner without knowing the language, click on the “Conversation” button in the main application window. Of course, the application must first have the required language pack installed.

The Conversation menu appears with two microphone buttons on the left and right. They are intended for a speaker in one language and his interlocutor speaking in another language. Take turns pressing the button on your microphone and speaking. Google Translate listens to you and your interlocutor, and then displays the translated text and generates a speech message. As a result, although with some delays, it is quite possible to communicate without knowing a foreign language at all.

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Translation with a camera
Another interesting feature that Google Translate offers is camera translation. No need to enter long phrases from an ad or sign. Just point the smartphone camera at the text you are interested in (a small fragment is better, because it is inconvenient to translate a large piece of text in this way). The application scans the text through the camera and replaces foreign words in real time with translation right on the screen.

This function does not work as accurately as a regular translator with two windows. But even a few years ago there were jokes about the “peculiarities of machine translation”, and now automatic translation systems produce quite coherent texts that make it possible to perfectly understand what is at stake. Therefore, in the future, it will, of course, improve.

You can not aim the camera at the piece of text that you want to translate, but first take a photo of it, and then select the translation from the image in the same section of the application.

In this case, Google Translate will scan the image, recognize the text and translate it, displaying the text version of the translation in a separate window. You may find it more convenient to use the app in this way.

conclusions
The Google Translate application, which is a mobile version of one of the most powerful automatic translation systems, is an indispensable thing for a tourist who finds himself in an unfamiliar language environment. Using the mobile app, you can translate signs, advertisements, price tags, menus, or chat with locals, vendors and waiters. This is actually a useful service that, although it does not completely destroy the language barrier, makes life in a foreign language environment more comfortable and easier.