The Good Google Translate can translate conversations in near real-time, and you can translate signs by pointing the in-app camera at them, with no Internet connection required.
The Bad Conversation mode has a few glitches, and translations are often too literal.
The Bottom Line Google Translate, with its versatile input methods, simple interface and offline support, is one of the best translation tools out there.
A feature-packed and reliable translator
Google Translate is a fantastic mobile translation tool that can help you read or communicate in up to 90 languages. The app goes beyond a simple phrase book with an SMS translator, text-recognition features and even audio recordings of translated words and sentences. It's a great travel tool for when you venture somewhere you don't speak the language, especially now that more features are available offline.
Before you start translating, first tell Google which languages you need translated, French to English for instance. The app supports 90 languages including Spanish, French, Russian, Korean, Japanese, Arabic, Hebrew and Hindi, so there's a good chance you can find what you need.
Then you can type in a word or phrase and the app will give you the translation, showing it on the screen below what you entered. You can tap the speaker icon to hear the translation, copy it and save it to a digital phrasebook that you can sync across multiple devices.
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