The Google Translate app on your Android or iPhone means that you will never lose for words in another language again.
The download will bring to your phone the functions of Google Translate online site. With this app at your finger tips, you don’t need to lug around multiple dictionaries or phrasebooks.
The great advantage of Google Translate is that it’s not just for one language to English, but gives you combinations of around 80 languages. So go ahead and help your Russian friend talk to his Japanese colleague.
Google Translate is very easy to use; pick your languages from the dropdown windows (from, to) and then type the word or phrase. Press and go. You have the written translation. What is also really handy is the voice translator, so you can listen to and imitate the accent.
Handy as it is, Google Translate has its limits and can’t be said to replace a human translator for complex language tasks.
One example of its limitation in English is that it has not been programmed with all tenses and combinations. For example, exactly like word Doc, Google Translate assumes passive tense does not exist. However, for straight basic questions or phrases that you would use for travel it works perfectly. As a word to word dictionary it’s excellent as well.
In short it’s not a real ‘translator’ but a very handy dictionary and phrasebook. And if you are looking for a Windows software with all the Google Translate capabilities make sure to check out Google Translate Client.
- Written by JR Kelly
- Published on June 20, 2012