Traveling Abroad Just Got Easier With the Vastly Improved Google Translate App!

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Google Translate has been a useful tool for breaking down the language barrier, a common obstacle travelers face abroad.  But the app was far from perfect.  I’m amazed by the improvements!

Say What!? Google Translate Is Making It Easier for You to Communicate When Traveling Internationally
Google has just updated the app.  Along with improved translation, it comes with fantastic new features that will change your travel experience!  Let’s take a look at what the new Google Translate can do!

What’s Google Translate?

Google Translate is a free app you can download to your iPhone or Android mobile device.  It can translate over 90 languages into English including:

  • Chinese
  • Dutch
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Hebrew
  • Hindi
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

Start by selecting the languages.

Traveling Abroad Just Got Easier With The Vastly Improved Google Translate App
Then Just Capture an Image, Type, Speak or Draw

Google Translate will give you the written and spoken translation!

Traveling Abroad Just Got Easier With The Vastly Improved Google Translate App
It’s a Question I Have to Ask!

Be sure to turn up the volume on your phone!

What’s New?

Translate Written Words Instantly

You can now use the camera on your phone to translate signs and other written text.  It’s easy to use and the technology is fascinating!

Currently this feature can translate between English and:

  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish

Click on the camera icon and line up the text you’d like to translate.  

The translation appears in the image almost instantly!

Traveling Abroad Just Got Easier With The Vastly Improved Google Translate App
What Kind of Sorcery Is This?!

It’s really fun to play around with!

Improved Conversational Translation

Select your languages, tap the microphone button, and begin speaking.  Google Translate can now translate faster and detect the different languages as they are spoken, making for a more fluid conversation.

Mashable put together a great video showing Google Translator in action.

You can see from the video that there are plenty of misfires, but the app is still frequently able to get the point across.  And at times I was really amazed at the app’s translation capabilities!

Bottom Line

The Google Translate app has been updated!  It makes communicating while traveling abroad much easier!

You can now take a picture of text and watch it translate in front of your eyes!  Translations are also more accurate and it’s easier to carry on a conversation with your new friends from around the world.

Google Translate is still not perfect.  It makes many mistakes and it’s not anywhere near creating the experience of a fluent conversation.

But I love the technology and I’m excited to see it continue to improve!

Give the new updated Google Translate a try and let me know what you think!

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