Google seems to make everything easier, and every now and then they present a new idea that grows into a must-have. Thus, we have Google Translate. Simple enough? Sure…but there is so much more to this fascinating program that many might not even know about. With over 10 years since its’ creation, there has been plenty of time for developers to continue to work on, and add to this translation software.
What is Google Translate?
As defined by Wikipedia, Google Translate is “a free multilingual machine translation service developed by Google, to translate text, speech, images, sites, or real-time video from one language into another.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Translate
It was introduced in April 28, 2006 and in the last decade, the program has evolved in a seemingly quiet way, with improvements and new features that most people don’t even realize.
Who can use Google Translate?
Anyone with a desktop or mobile device. Long gone are the days when you had to have a certain kind of desktop computer to use a certain program. Now, as long as you can access the internet, you can use Google and fun products like Google Translate.
Where can you use Google Translate?
Anytime. Anyplace. Maybe the better question is, “When should you use Google Translate?”
103 Languages – Word Lens for menus, street signs and more…28 Languages – 2011 Bilingual conversation on Google Translate 32 Languages –
What does Google Translate do?
What doesn’t it do? You can do the obvious translations on desktop or mobile, by selecting a language, typing “Tap top Translate”
Google Translate YouTube https://youtu.be/4xtEp55MKRE (Tap to Translate)
Another cool feature for Google Translate is the app that can translate an image in real time. You don’t even need to take a picture, just hover over the word or phrase and you will see a live translation on your smart phone screen. Here is a real test we did in our offices. We wrote the word “design” in Spanish on the whiteboard and hovered over the image using the Google Translate app on an iPhone:
Google Translate has over 100 languages and counting, including an online community that helps to make the translations and amount of languages get better and increase. The Google Translate Community is open for anyone to contribute, which helps make the translations much more authentic, rather than a word-for-word translation.
Do you have more tips for Google Translate? Leave them in the comments!
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