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Old 15.01.2015, 21:26
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Google Translate App just got a whole lot better

Google have just rolled out a major new 'augmented reality' update to their iPhone and Android translate apps which includes real time, character recognition which will even work (to a degree) without a data connection.



This damn tech is making it even harder to learn German
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Old 15.01.2015, 23:55
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Re: Google Translate App just got a whole lot better

They bought a company that produced an App called Word Lens, and they have now incorporated that functionality into Google translate. The word lens app worked offline, you just had to install the relevant languages before going offline.

Google translate also allows you to download languages so that you can work offline (even prior to this update).
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Old 16.01.2015, 00:15
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Re: Google Translate App just got a whole lot better

Yeah, it's just more bells and whistles, while underneath it's really not very good at all. I mean, sure, it usually manages to convey at least a vague sense of the original, but quite often it still produces unmitigated garbage as a result.

And in French

Ouais, ce est juste plus de cloches et de sifflets, tandis qu'au-dessous il est vraiment pas très bon du tout. Je veux dire, bien sûr, il gère habituellement de transmettre au moins un vague sentiment de l'original, mais bien souvent, il produit encore des ordures atténués à la suite.

And German

Ja, es ist nur mehr Schnickschnack, während unterhalb es ist wirklich nicht sehr gut. Ich meine, sicher, es in der Regel schafft es zumindest eine vage Gefühl der ursprünglichen vermitteln, aber oft immer noch produziert ungemilderte Müll als Ergebnis.

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Re: Google Translate App just got a whole lot better

Just tried this. It's insane.

It's not meant for long prose of text and it says as much. But for the few signs I've tried it with it's been amazing.
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Re: Google Translate App just got a whole lot better

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Yeah, it's just more bells and whistles, while underneath it's really not very good at all. I mean, sure, it usually manages to convey at least a vague sense of the original, but quite often it still produces unmitigated garbage as a result.

And in French

Ouais, ce est juste plus de cloches et de sifflets, tandis qu'au-dessous il est vraiment pas très bon du tout. Je veux dire, bien sûr, il gère habituellement de transmettre au moins un vague sentiment de l'original, mais bien souvent, il produit encore des ordures atténués à la suite.

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Ja, es ist nur mehr Schnickschnack, während unterhalb es ist wirklich nicht sehr gut. Ich meine, sicher, es in der Regel schafft es zumindest eine vage Gefühl der ursprünglichen vermitteln, aber oft immer noch produziert ungemilderte Müll als Ergebnis.

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Well it depends of course of how you are writing the original language to be translated into french. You can't just put what you want and expect it to convey the same meaning. I use the translator as a go over to what I wrote. And it is 100 percent accurate. If I write my English in a way that is understandable in my own way it comes our like what you just provided. ..weird.
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Old 16.01.2015, 07:54
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Re: Google Translate App just got a whole lot better

I have world lens and its useful to get the gist of signs in a country were you dont speak the language

Shame that the offline languages are not available for iphones
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Re: Google Translate App just got a whole lot better

Leo translations are of much higher quality than google for whole sentences or texts. But the usability of google translate is clearly better.

E.g. http://dict.leo.org/englisch-deutsch/to.html
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Old 16.01.2015, 08:51
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Well it depends of course of how you are writing the original language to be translated into french. You can't just put what you want and expect it to convey the same meaning. I use the translator as a go over to what I wrote. And it is 100 percent accurate. If I write my English in a way that is understandable in my own way it comes our like what you just provided. ..weird.

- "The pen of my aunt is on the table".

- "The monkey is in the tree".
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Re: Highly Recommended Translation App!

Theres a lesser known feature of the google translate app (at least on android but I *think* it works on iphone) where you can get it to listen simultaneously for two languages and it translates what it hears. So two people with no common language can sit with the phone between them and have a (stilted but usable) conversation. Closest thing yet to a babel fish.

It needs to be online though, even if you download the language pack it won't work offline.
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Dear all,

I just started using the new google translate app on the IPHONE

It is magical you can directly scan a bill or a document and it will translate it automatically on the spot. Highly recommended for all of you out there without great knowledge of german language.

You can download it from the app store direct for free

Worth trying CHeerS!
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I have tried I couldn't actually find it - what is the feature called on android?
You just have to touch the mike icon to start, then at the bottom of the screen it shows your two selected languages, with a mike in between. Retouch this mike icon and chat away.
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