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Listening in to Google Translate (pictures)

Communicate without barriers with Google Translate.

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Sarah Mitroff
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Google Translate

Stay connected overseas with Google Translate, a simple app that can translate written, spoken or printed language. Now it's packed with even more offline features, so you can use it on the go.

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Translate text

The most basic feature of Translate is the text translation. Just type in a word or phrase and you'll instantly get a translation. Want to know how it sounds? You can also hear the translation spoken aloud.

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Word Lens

Word Lens is a handy feature that overlays translations on top of printed text, such as a street sign. Just hold the app's viewfinder up to the words and you'll see the translation in real time as you move your phone.

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Conversation mode

A new feature in the latest update, Conversation mode lets you have a back-and-forth conversation while the app translates between two people.

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Write to translate

Besides typing or speaking, you can also handwrite words and phrases on the touchscreen, which are then converted to text to translate.

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SMS translations

Google Translate can also translate your existing SMS messages.

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Phrasebook

You can save your translations to a phrasebook, which syncs between devices.

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Language packs

The app has 90 languages and you can download individual language packs to use offline.

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Saved translations

The app keeps a list of all of your translations so you can refer to them later.

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