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Download Google Translate App

This was my first trip to Europe using the Google Translate camera app. I cannot believe how much it added to my trip. I took a picture of some Stumbling Stones in Vienna and understood the story of the families who were taken from those homes to Auschwitz. I took a photo of the local church announcements in Salzburg and got an idea of what they were up to. I used it on menus, of course, every day, but wow, to be able to read the posters and signs wherever I went . . . I learned so much. Download the app before you go.

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I find it helpful too. It’s not perfect, but it really helped in Greece. I also used it in France at the doctor, to supplement my extremely basic French.

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Wonderful! We are making our first trip as a family abroad this fall. You know that old saying “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” ya that’s me. I’ve tried and tried and have a few very basic words in Italian but fairly certain that in the situation I will forget everything and only remember “ciao”, lol. Technology is good in this instance. Thanks for the tip, much appreciated!

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I also think it’s a terrific asset! Besides the other uses mentioned, I also like it for deciphering unfamiliar menu items.

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I use it when I need to send a message to someone who speaks another language. I google translate and cut and paste to my messaging or email.

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For me it's the camera that makes such a difference. You don't have to type anything. Just hold your phone over the text and read the instant translation.

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Thx for posting this. Great idea. We are on BOEE soon and this will be a big help in EE. I will download this app!

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Thank you for the thank you, Mo. I hesitated to post this because I wasn't sure how long the camera feature has been available. I noticed some of my second language students using it in my classroom this spring, which was the first time I've seen it. The "point and read" technology helped me connect to the local culture in a Rick Steves Way.