If I were inclined to write poetry today (I’m not– the muse is not in the building), I would write an ode to the Google Translate app. As you may or may not know, in my job I work mostly in mobile app support for the WordPress app. Since 27% of the Internet runs on WordPress, and many users worldwide use the app, I get a lot of issues in languages I don’t understand. Generally a cut-and-paste into a translate tool works wonders, but it gets problematic when someone send in a screenshot of an issue. That’s when this app comes in really handy.
I have the Google Translate App for both Android and iPhone. When I get a screenshot, I open the app, download the applicable language then select camera in the app, and I get a translation. This has been invaluable in my work habits. And I’ve also found it really handy in travel.
When Chris and I were in Perugia, we hit the amazing National Archaeological Museum with fabulous history, but very little in regards to English translations. No problem. The app totally covered that, and we learned all sorts of stuff about amulets and recoveries from archaeological digs. So cool.
Now that we are spending a month in a new home in a land where we are far from fluent in the native language, we’re finding the app super handy in basic tasks such as grocery shopping. When you want to make a bean stew and aren’t sure which canned bean is which? The app comes to the rescue.
And it totally saved me from accidentally getting lemon tea when I thought I was getting mint.
It doesn’t just do images. I can type a phrase in English and have it translate to another language. I write my sentence, find a store-keeper, and point to the screen. We are all much happier and effective in our communications, I find.
Oatmeal – Aveia?
We don’t have it – Nós não temos isso.
Communication effectively achieved (I’m not thrilled with the result, but now at least I know to not keep scanning shelves fuitlessly).
7 responses to “In Praise of the Google Translate App”
That app is amazing, and so are you. Just think! You can cook in Spanish now!
And Portuguese 😉
I didn’t know that you can scan over things to translate? Wow!
It’s a truly beautiful thing. And free 🙂
That’s the best part!
Came upon this old write of yours, I agree totally. Have managed properties for German family since 95, the site has helped very much. Things always got lost in our own language prior to use. My German was horrible, their English was good but sometimes key thoughts were not presented. Since using Google Translate, I’ve gotten perfect German Lee, compliments often.
I can’t imagine having to talk with someone in another language without the electronic help.