Before traveling abroad, it is important to learn a few keywords and phrases to help you communicate with the locals. But unless you are fluent, there will always be holes in your knowledge. This is where the Google Translate app can help.
Google Translate allows people to communicate more easily, regardless of any language barrier. The Instant Camera feature uses that idea for the written word so you can point the phone to a character or menu and translate it for your eyes.
Using Google Translate Instant Camera
Now, as described on The Keywords, Google Translate's Instant Camera has a few new tricks up on its sleeve. The headline add-in is support for 60 new languages, which means Google Translate's Instant Camera can now translate 88 languages into 1
Second, Instant Camera can only translate from or into English. However, the Instant Camera can now translate from any of the 88 languages into any of the 100+ supported Google Translate. Make it more useful for non-English speakers.
Google Translate Instant Camera can now also automatically detect the language that needs to be translated. Previously, you had to choose the source and target language yourself, but now Google Translate will do the boring, but necessary task for you.
Google also hopes to improve the accuracy by using Neural Machine Translations. This gradually reduces errors with something between 55 and 85 percent. Finally, Google has reviewed the user interface to make it easier to use, and sought to reduce its flickering.
Download: Google Translate for Android | IOS
The best programs for learning new languages
Even with these improvements, the Google Translate Instant Camera feature can sometimes fold. However, it surely beats standing in front of a sign or staring at a menu trying to decipher it alone. And it's much faster than trying to get fluent in all languages.
Nevertheless, if you are a regular traveler, we encourage you to do what is necessary to learn a new language. Fortunately, there is an app for that. Or rather several different apps. I use personal Duolingo, which made our list of the best language learning apps that work.
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