Until we discover Douglas Adams Babel Fish, a small creature that you can put in your ear and translate any language, we use less practical methods firmly. Fortunately, the days of leafing through a dictionary are long gone. With your smartphone and the Google Translate app, you can enter anything and translate it into another language. You can also scan the text with your camera on signs, menus or in newspapers and have it translated by the app in real time. The best part is that you can speak loudly into the microphone for a translation, or that someone else speaks into the microphone and the app tells you what he says.
Here are some useful Google Translate tips to help you find your way around Unfamiliar colloquial language.
What Google Translate Can Do
As one of the best language translation apps, the Google Translate app has many handy features and is available for Android and iOS. If you are wondering, here is all it can do and the number of languages currently supported for each function:
- Text translations: Enter text (1
- Offline Translations: Type in text offline (59 languages).
- Immediate Camera Translations: Camera translations in real time (38 languages).
- Photos: Take a photo and upload it for a more accurate translation (50 languages).
- Conversations: In real time in two directions (32 languages).
- Handwriting: Drawing text and characters on the screen (93 languages).
- PhraseBook Translated saving words and phrases.
- Touch to translate: Tap to copy text to any app. The translation is displayed (for Android only).
How to translate text.
The app is quite easy to use and has default settings for the translation screen. Left is the language you translate from, and the right is the language you translate to. The app will try to automatically identify your most recently used languages. However, you can simply tap one of the two languages to see a large drop-down list of possible options. To make it faster the next time you use it, your most recently used languages stay at the top of the list. You can also reverse the selected languages by tapping the two arrows in the center.
After selecting the languages you want, you can tap in the box below to open the virtual keyboard and type in the word or phrase you want to use. The app translates it as you type. Another term may be suggested if you think you've made a typographical error, and you can just type it if that's what you're looking for.
In addition, a small speaker icon appears on the left side of each translation. Tap on it and your device will speak the translation aloud. This can be very useful if you are not sure what the pronunciation is. If you do not have voice output, you may need to install Google's TTS app. On Android, you should also go to Settings> System> Language and input> Speech Output and make sure that Google Speech Engine is selected. This route may differ slightly on different phones. On a Samsung Galaxy, for example, this is Settings> General Administration> Language and Input> Text-to-Speech .
There are also four options available. At the bottom of the text box, you can switch to the camera to translate in real time or upload photos, enter handwritten text, open conversation mode, or turn voice on to select the desired phrase or phrase to speak desired word instead of typing it.
With each translation, the app returns a few icons below the translated text. You can copy it to your clipboard and paste it elsewhere, or tap the three vertical dots to see more options, and tap Share to share it with News, Bluetooth, and other apps.
Like Offline Translation
While Google Translate used to require an Internet connection and it still works best online, you can now translate 59 languages even if you do not have an Internet connection. However, you must first download the appropriate language packs. Tap on the top left of the three horizontal lines and then on Offline translation . At the top, you'll see the available languages you've downloaded, and you can scroll down and tap other languages you want to add.
When you try to free or clean up space on your smartphone After the call, you can remove previously downloaded languages by tapping the trash can icon next to them.
How to use the real-time camera or upload a photo