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Google Translate

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• Translate between 103 languages by typing
• Offline: Translate 52 languages when you have no Internet
• Instant camera translation: Use your camera to translate text instantly in 29 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

Translations between the following languages are supported:
Afrikaans, Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Basque, Belarusian, Bengali, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Cebuano, Chichewa, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Corsican, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Esperanto, Estonian, Filipino, Finnish, French, Frisian, 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, Myanmar (Burmese), Nepali, Norwegian, Pashto, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Samoan, Scots Gaelic, Serbian, Sesotho, Shona, Sindhi, Sinhala, Slovak, Slovenian, Somali, Spanish, Sundanese, Swahili, Swedish, Tajik, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Uzbek, Vietnamese, Welsh, Xhosa, Yiddish, Yoruba, Zulu

What's New in Version 5.3.1

Several bug fixes and usability improvements
Improvements to handwriting input
Added more information to alternate translations


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Customer Reviews

Poor Japanese to English Translation

This app appears to rely heavily on user communities to develop accurate translations. However, the Japanese appear to prefer using other home grown solutions. As a result, Google translate does a poor job capturing context in verbal translations. The text recognition in photos is also subpar as it misses out or incorrectly frames Japanese characters. There have been many times where I've captured Japanese text clearly but yet Google translate detects none. Most Japanese are typically too polite to tell foreigners their translator is terrible. It finally took about a dozen conversations with my Japanese neighbor before she worked up the heart to tell me how terrible the translator was at capturing context. In addition, the voice capture of the translator will sometimes end too soon or has problems when there is background noise. A voice translator better at recognizing context is an app called Voice Translate. Ironically it uses Google to translate but somehow recognizes and phrases context to Japanese readers much better than Google Translate. In the end, there's no substitute for learning the local language yourself...not yet anyways.


The app works great in many ways. It takes verbal, visual, and written words. I like that because it's makes things much easier. Another thing I like are the alternatives that they offer when you translate something. Many words have different meanings for that word so it is useful for one to take that personal decision of what that word implies. There's lots of room for improvement too! But I see that you guys are catching on really fast, so there is no need to complain. My suggestion to you is that if you could allow us to maybe send a sentence or a short phrase to an actual person who speaks that language and get replied back on what it means after a day or two would be a nice addition to this app. Because obviously this app translations aren't always perfect. Simply because language is complicated and technology can only go so far with translations. Hope you read my suggestion and maybe add it in the future. Overall great easy to use translation tool.

Very helpful

This app is very helpful and educational. It not only takes written words, it also takes verbal and visual ones. It also translates visual words in real-time right in front of your eyes. I have used this app a lot while doing homework, especially history. When I am researching a foreign country, I can use websites that are in foreign languages and translate the whole thing for more information. This app definitely makes your educational experience a lot easier.

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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Reference
  • Updated:
  • Version: 5.3.1
  • Size: 56.3 MB
  • Languages: English, Albanian, Arabic, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Bengali, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Cambodian, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Filipino, Finnish, French, Georgian, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Kazakh, Korean, Laotian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malay, Malayalam, Mongolian, Nepali, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Simplified Chinese, Singhalese, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Tamil, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese, Welsh
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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