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How to use Google Translate and its many functions | Digital Trends Spanish


Google Translate is one of the essential applications, because in addition to being a useful tool to translate without too much complication, it helps you communicate if you travel to another country thanks to functions such as instant camera translation or two-way conversation, which broadly converts to the app in an interpreter. Our advice? Get familiar with everything it can do for you to get the most out of the app. In this guide we will show you how to use Google Translate and its many functions.

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How to use Google Translate

As one of the best language translation apps, Google Translate or Google Translate app offers many useful features and is available for Android and iOS. Here’s everything you can do and the number of languages ​​currently supported by each feature:

  • Text translations: you write the text (109 languages).
  • Offline translations: you write the text offline (59 languages).
  • Instant camera translations: the camera translates in real time (88 languages).
  • Photos: take a photo and upload it for a more accurate translation (50 languages).
  • Conversations: Two-way real-time conversation (43 languages).
  • Handwriting: you draw text and characters on the screen (95 languages).
  • Phrasebook: save the translated words and phrases.
  • Press to translate: select to copy text into any app and a translation will appear (Android only).

How to use Google Translate?

The application is quite simple to use. When you open it, you will see that in the upper left part is the language from which you are translating and in the upper right the language to which you are translating. The app will try to automatically identify the languages ​​you’ve used recently, but you can tap on any of them to get a large drop-down list of the 109 available options. To make it faster the next time you use them, the languages ​​you have used recently are still at the top of the list. You can also invert the selected languages ​​by touching the two arrows in the middle.

Once you’ve selected the languages ​​you want, you can tap on the box below (it says Press to type) to open the virtual keyboard and type the word or phrase you want to translate. The app will translate it as you type. The app can suggest another phrase if it thinks you have misspelled it, and you can simply select it if it is the one you want to translate.

How to use Google Translate

You will also see a small speaker icon to the left of each translation. Tap it and your device will read the translation out loud. This can be incredibly useful when you are unsure of the pronunciation. If you don’t have the option to speak aloud, text-to-speech, you may need to install the Google TTS app. On Android, you should also go to Settings> System> Language & input> Text-to-speech output and make sure that Google’s text-to-speech engine is selected. That path may vary slightly on different phones, for example on a Samsung Galaxy is Settings> General management> Text to speech>

How to use Google Translate

You will also see four options at the bottom of the text box that allow you to switch to the camera to perform translations in real time or take photos to upload, enter handwritten text, open conversation mode or activate the voice to say the phrase or required word instead of writing it.

How to share translations

How to use Google Translate

With each translation, the application returns a couple of icons below the translated text. You can choose to copy it to the clipboard and paste it elsewhere, or you can tap the three vertical dots for more options and select Share to share it via Messages, Bluetooth, and other apps.

How to translate offline

How to use Google Translate

Whereas Google Translate previously required an internet connection, and continues to work better when online, now you can use it to translate 59 languages ​​even when you don’t have an internet connection. However, you need to download the corresponding language packs first. To do this, touch the three horizontal lines in the upper left and then choose Translate offline. You will see the available languages ​​that you have downloaded at the top and you can scroll down and tap on any other that you want to add.

And don’t worry, downloading a language so you can translate offline won’t take up too much space. For example, the German block weighs 47 MB, while the Spanish block will take you 45 MB. Comparatively, more or less is the space that a downloaded music album occupies for Spotify offline mode.

How to use the camera in real time or upload a photo

How to use Google Translate

If you want to translate a sign, something on a menu or any other written text, you can tap the camera icon. Google Translate will try to find and translate any text from the first specified language to the second, for example, from English to Spanish. If it doesn’t start translating automatically on the screen, tap the icon that says “Instant” to activate instant translation. Keep in mind that you will need an internet connection for this to work. You can often get better results by scanning and selecting specific text.

While the camera is active, Google Translate will translate all the words it finds, so to stop and read without the translation changing, press the “Pause translation” icon. When you have read the information you need, click “Continue the translation”.

You can also touch the icon in the bottom center (“Scan”) to have Google Translate scan a page or a photo that you have already taken where there is text. You can also ask him to translate photographs that you have taken (for example, a restaurant menu) and that it be in the gallery of your cell phone; To do so, press the “Import” button and choose an image from your reel.

How to use handwriting

How to use Google Translate

If you tap on the pencil icon, a panel will appear where you can try to write by hand what you want to translate. Keep in mind, however, that this doesn’t work well for all languages ​​and a lot will depend on how neat and readable your handwriting is. If you have a stylus or a phone like the Galaxy Note, then handwriting will be easier, but you can always do it with your finger.

How to use talk mode

How to use Google Translate

If you are talking to someone and they do not share your language, touch the “Conversation” icon to enter conversation mode. In order for Google Translate to work as an interpreter, you will have to press the hand icon in the upper right corner. You will see a screen with a series of instructions and an illustration of people talking; To start real-time translation, press the speaker icon.

How to use Tap to Translate

How to use Google Translate

You need to activate this feature before you can use it. Open the Google Translate app and tap the three horizontal lines in the upper left to open the menu, then tap Settings> Press to translate and slide your finger to activate it.

With the Tap to translate feature, you can select and copy text in any application that supports it, for Google to translate it. It is useful if, for example, you usually visit pages in a language that you do not master and you usually require a translation. You just have to highlight the corresponding text and tap on copy; then select the Google Translate icon when it appears on the screen. You should see the translation appear overlaid in the app almost instantly.

How to create your own phrasebook

How to use Google Translate

You can touch the star at the top right of each translated word or phrase to save it to your favorites and create your own personalized phrasebook. Access your favorites at any time by tapping the three horizontal lines in the upper left to open the menu, then tap ‘Phrase List’. You can also tap the magnifying glass in the upper right to search your phrasebook.

Google Translate as a dictionary

How to use Google Translate

By selecting the same language for input and output, you can make Google Translate work like a dictionary. Instead of offering a translation, it will offer the definition of the word or phrase you wrote or spoke. It doesn’t always work if you try to select the same language in both fields, so choose Detect language on the left and Spanish on the right, then type your word or phrase in Spanish to get the dictionary definition.

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