If your summer travel plans take you to distant lands, there are two things that are essential to your journey: your passport and the Google Translate app. Here are five ways to make the most of Google Translate.
No constant Internet access can be guaranteed throughout the journey. If you're without language, you can continue to use Google Translate if you've downloaded a language pack. And now come these language packages with neural machine translation (NMT), which improves. NMT translates whole sentences, rather than just parts of a sentence, while also considering the broader context for more accurate results. Prior to this change, you only received NMT when the app was online, and offline translations rely on more basic tools. You can download a language pack by going to the list of languages and tapping the download button next to the language pack you want. Each language group is between 35MB and 45MB and therefore does not take up much space on your phone.
Select the text to translate
When you translate street signs, a menu, or other foreign language text into your phone's camera, the Google Translate app feels like magic because it displays instant translations right on the screen of your phone. I downloaded the language pack). You can select part of the text on the screen of your phone for a closer examination. Tap on the camera button and your phone starts with a scan animation. Drag your finger to select the text, and then tap the blue arrow button in the upper-right corner of the translated text. You exit camera mode and return to the home screen with your translated text.
Using the microphone for translations is quick and easy. You can also use the app to translate conversations between you and a foreign speaker. When in microphone mode, you will hear a language by default and receive the translation. If you tap the red microphone button, you can put the app in conversation mode by listening to both languages and offering translations when you and your friends from abroad meet.
Saving favorite words and phrases
If you repeatedly search for specific words and phrases, you can save them for a simple return operation. Just tap the star next to a translation result and it will be added to your saved list. To view your saved entries, tap the Saved button at the bottom of the screen.
Use the app as a dictionary
Set the app to translate from English to English (or in the language you speak), and the app returns dictionary definitions instead of translations. Google Translate is a great pocket dictionary and thesaurus.