Google Translate can convert foreign languages to that of your own tongue. Here's how to use it.
Are you traveling in a foreign country, and at a disadvantage because you don't understand the language? Never fear, the Google Translate app can translate dozens of languages either through text or voice.
You can type or write foreign language text or speak it into the app, and the words are translated into your native tongue. You can even point your smartphone at a sign or other text written in a foreign language, and the app displays the translation for you. Let's check this out.
Google Translate works on iOS and Android devices; iPhone and iPad users can download it from Apple's App Store, while Android users can snag it from Google Play. Both versions offer roughly the same features. Beyond English, a sampling of the languages supported by the app include French, Italian, German, Spanish, Greek, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Arabic, Russian, Hebrew, and Yiddish.
First, let's say you want to see an Italian translation of an English phrase. Tap the name of the current language on the top left side of the screen and select English as the source language. Then tap the name of the language on the top right side of the screen and select Italian as the target language. Next, tap the field that says: "Tap to enter text" and start typing the English word or phrase you wish to translate.
Alternatively, you can tap on the squiggle symbol and write a phrase in English one character at a time using your finger or a stylus. As you type or write characters on the screen, the app tries to predict what you plan to write in full by displaying possible word and letter combinations. You can continue writing or you can select one of the words if it matches the one you intended to type or write.
In return, Google Translate displays the word or phrase in Italian. You can tap on a right arrow button next to the translation and then tap on a speaker icon next to the phrase in English or Italian to hear it spoken aloud in either language.
As a third option, you can tap on the microphone icon at the top of the screen and speak your word or phrase into the app. Google Translate then translates and utters your words in Italian.
English and Italian are both supported by the app's two-way instant speech translation. That means the translation is virtually instantaneous. So you can carry on a real-time conversation with an Italian native by speaking in English, hearing the words translated into Italian, and then listening to the other person's response in Italian translated into English.
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