What is Google Translate? What are its features?

Google Translate is one of the best free tools from Google.

We often overlook some of the best free services that Google has to offer. Google Translate is one such online service and it is awesome.

How many languages do you know? What if you could speak or understand more than 100 languages?

Google Translate

Thankfully Google Translate makes this possible for you!

1) What is Google Translate?

With the help of Google Translate, you can understand and communicate in over 100+ languages.

Thereby minimizing the need to learn new languages when you are traveling outside of your country. You can easily converse with people of other languages without a guide or an interpreter.

You can use Google Translate to read important text using your camera. It can also translate text, audio, handwriting, and documents for you.

Basically, it’s like having a personal interpreter on your phone and on the web anytime and anywhere.

2) What are the different ways to use Google Translate? Where can I download it?

You can access Google translate on the web and also by downloading the official mobile apps.

WebGoogle Translate

DownloadGoogle Translate Android App

DownloadGoogle Translate iOS App

3) How can I use Google Translate in different ways?

You can use the Google Translate service in these many ways:

  • Translate by Copy/Pasting Text
  • Translate by Uploading a Document (Upload a .doc, .docx, .odf, .pdf, .ppt, .pptx, .ps, .rtf, .txt, .xls, or .xlsx)
  • Translate by Clicking Pictures
  • Translate by Handwriting
  • Translate Conversation
  • Translate Voice to Text

4) What are the main features of Google Translate on the web?

• Text translation: Up to 5000 characters, you can hear audio of the word and also save it for the future.
• Translate Documents: Select Documents and click on Browse your computer.
• Translate website: You can use Google translate by pasting website URL inside the text box, choose languages and click on the link to see the translated version of the website.

5) What are the main features of the Google Translate Android app?

• Text translation: Translate between 103 languages by typing
• Tap to Translate: Copy text in any app and your translation pops up
• Offline: Translate 59 languages when you have no Internet
• Instant camera translation: Use your camera to translate text instantly in 38 languages
• Camera Mode: Take pictures of text for higher-quality translations in 37 languages
 Conversation Mode: Two-way instant speech translation in 32 languages
• Handwriting: Draw characters instead of using the keyboard in 93 languages
• Phrasebook: Star and save translations for future reference in any language

6) How can I use Google Translation for real-time translation (conversation) on Android?

You can ask your Google Assistant to be your personal interpreter, you can do so by saying this for example:

  • Be my Spanish interpreter
  • Be my Korean interpreter
  • Be my Japanese interpreter
  • Be my Arabic interpreter

By saying one of the above to the Google Assistant, it’ll open the Google Translate app for you and you’re ready to have a real-time conversation in the language you desire.

For Apple devices, you can directly go into the iOS app for Google Translate and translate bilingual conversations.

7) What are the main features of the Google Translate iOS app?

• Text translation: Translate between 103 languages by typing
• Offline: Translate with no internet connection (59 languages)
 Instant camera translation: Translate text in images instantly by just pointing your camera (88 languages)
• Photos: Take or import photos for higher quality translations (50 languages)
• Conversations: Translate bilingual conversations on the fly (32 languages)
• Handwriting: Draw text characters instead of typing (93 languages)
• Phrasebook: Star and save translated words and phrases for future reference (all languages)

8) How many languages are supported by Google Translate?

There are about 104 languages that Google Translate supports. You can discover what features work for each language by visiting this link: https://translate.google.com/intl/en/about/languages/

Here is the list of 104 languages:

  • Afrikaans
  • Albanian
  • Amharic
  • Arabic
  • Armenian
  • Azerbaijani
  • Basque
  • Belarusian
  • Bengali
  • Bosnian
  • Bulgarian
  • Burmese
  • Catalan
  • Cebuano
  • Chichewa
  • Chinese (Simplified)
  • Chinese (Traditional)
  • Corsican
  • Croatian
  • Czech
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • English
  • Esperanto
  • Estonian
  • Filipino
  • Finnish
  • French
  • Galician
  • Georgian
  • German
  • Greek
  • Gujarati
  • Haitian Creole
  • Hausa
  • Hawaiian
  • Hebrew
  • Hindi
  • Hmong
  • Hungarian
  • Icelandic
  • Igbo
  • Indonesian
  • Irish
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Javanese
  • Kannada
  • Kazakh
  • Khmer
  • Korean
  • Kurdish (Kurmanji)
  • Kyrgyz
  • Lao
  • Latin
  • Latvian
  • Lithuanian
  • Luxembourgish
  • Macedonian
  • Malagasy
  • Malay
  • Malayalam
  • Maltese
  • Maori
  • Marathi
  • Mongolian
  • Nepali
  • Norwegian (Bokmål)
  • Pashto
  • Persian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Punjabi
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • Samoan
  • Scots Gaelic
  • Serbian
  • Shona
  • Sindhi
  • Sinhala
  • Slovak
  • Slovenian
  • Somali
  • Spanish
  • Sundanese
  • Swahili
  • Swedish
  • Tajik
  • Tongan
  • Tamil
  • Telugu
  • Thai
  • Turkish
  • Ukrainian
  • Urdu
  • Uzbek
  • Vietnamese
  • Welsh
  • Frisian
  • Xhosa
  • Yiddish
  • Yoruba
  • Zulu

9) Where can I find help, support for Google Translate?

You can get any help regarding Google Translate by visiting this link, it also has a helpful community:

Google Translate Support

You can read more about Google Translate and get updated with more knowledge about it by visiting this wiki link:

Google Translate Wikipedia


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