Using Google Translate is simple and intuitive. It’s a great way to translate quickly and on-the-go. I’ve used it abroad many times. Here’s how to use the app while traveling.
First, download it from the app store. It’s called Google Translate. Or you can use it on a computer. The app is easier for traveling though.
When you open the app, you’ll see options for two languages. You need to pick one that’s native to you and then the second one for a language in which you want to translate.
For example, here I will write something in English and ask for it to be translated into Italian:
Once I make my translation, I also have other options:
I love the speaker button (the one next to Italian in the blue background of the photo above) because when you press it, it speaks for you. This is great to help you learn the proper way to say something. And it’s also helpful in case you can’t say it and need to hold your phone up to someone while you’re traveling to ask or tell them something.
You can reverse the translation by hitting the two arrows at the top too.
If you want to translate what someone is telling you, pick the language they are speaking in and hold the phone up to them to record them speaking. Press this button:
The phone will then listen to the person speak and translate it for you. In the example above, it would listen to the person in Italian and translate it into English.
Another important note when using Google Docs – you can download translations. So if you’re traveling without internet you can still use the app. You must download with internet though and make sure you have enough space for storage.
The app will tell you when you have an update available too (above).
You’ll see the option to download a language when you first pick a language to translate. Look at the first photo in this blog post and you’ll see it says: “Translate even when you’re offline by downloading an offline translation file.”