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  • Accessibility for Instructional Design Oct 24, 2018

    By kkennedy555
    Google Translate is now a form of augmented reality and is adapted for educational purposes. This application provides users with tools to translate between languages and they now include an image option; users take a photograph of a sign, piece of paper, or other form of written text and receive a translation in the language of their choice. This augmented reality is ground breaking because this allows online learners to access content in other languages. The application also translates spoken word in real time, which allows all learners to access audio in written form, in their own language, online or in-person. This version of augmented reality that is adapted for education can be utilized in an online learning environment and can be utilized by instructional designers. One of the major challenges with instructional design is selecting the correct tools to build learning experiences. With this application, instructional designers are able to create a course in their own language and can make their lesson accessible to learners by recommending Google Translate for accessibility. I plan to utilize this in conjunction with my online lessons and videos in order to reach more students with diverse abilities and primary languages.
    more
  • Pages of Translation Lightening Fast, and Reliable! Oct 31, 2019

    By rsmith7
    If if you are using anything but Google translate to do your Spanish work for you, you are missing the boat. It translates whole pages of text instantly without error. It uses understandable language for our US - Mexico border area. I was using a different translator when I saw a doctor using Google to communicate with a Spanish only patient. That’s when I learned about Google Translate and switched. For the past two years, I have used a different Spanish translator/dictionary App. It was slow and tedious, only would translate a short paragraph at a time, but worse - it inserted words which were clearly wrong. One time instead of asking my gardener to complete a task, it inserted the word marriage into the sentence! His wife would have not been happy! Luckily I caught it before texting as I had to double- check every phrase. But now I no longer have to worry and each phrase is spot on. ( at least so far I think it’s been!).
    more
  • Jul 28, 2020

    By Roni Kury
    I love this app! I use it often, as I speak a bit of a few languages and often need to clarify words or phrases (especially composing them). I once had to write a letter to my Chinese neighbour, who spoke very little English, and I was nervous about Google getting the translation wrong, so I asked a Chinese friend to check it for me, and she said it was spot-on! 👍
    more
  • Need to continually update and add new features Sep 16, 2019

    By WJMBOLIN
    This app is so much better than Microsoft translator. I used it first set a lot of messages on social media to new friends only to find out those messages were a jumbled mess of random words. They assume you lack the skills and ability process thoughts into Russian even with translator. It’s hard to come back from. I love that you can translate live with the camera because a lot of times I’m watching a broadcast or something and trying to keep up with everyone. The thing however that frustrates me the most about all apps including this one is that they tend to stop listening before the conversation has ended. Whether I just push the button and let go or cold it during the entire time after certain. It’s stops listening and you have to stop the sound if you’re lucky enough to be able to rewind it. I would like it to be easier to use within an app and not have to copy and paste etc. but overall I really like it it’s the one I use most and I’ve got some I paid for that just don’t stack up.
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  • Indispensable app Aug 20, 2018

    By Mobjack11
    I use many different languages throughout each day, usually just little phrases here and there in my writing. This app is indispensable to me as I work, and the translations seem to just get better and better with each update. I’ve read a few of the negative reviews, and while I’m sure the inconveniences described by these folks are real, it also seems they me be expecting a bit too much. The app is very straightforward in its basic function of translating text that is input by the user. The app is also by Google, and thus it is highly aspirational in its features, and each update seems to bring further enhancements that may or may not be truly useful. I understand how this might get frustrating, but that’s just Google’s style. Eventually the kinks get worked out based on user feedback, which is how I think it should be. As far as a basic free translation app, this one is far and away the best.
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  • Jul 30, 2020

    By Ricardo Milanez Fonseca
    I am really dissatisfied that the "tap to translate" function icon is permanently fixed on the screen (or needs to be enabled / disabled with each translation). This is completely irritating and ineffective. The previous way, where the icon appeared and disappeared quickly after translating the desired word, was extremely efficient and well elaborated. I don't know what Google's intentions are, but the company managed to make a terrible app that has always been wonderful.
    more
  • Hard to Use, Inaccurate, Barely Works Dec 28, 2018

    By Lizzie Licious
    Many times when I record audio or pictures, the translation doesn’t even come up. The audio is worse since no matter what I do, speaking into the microphone is just a bust. I’ll say something into the microphone, and it won’t do anything. It doesn’t even load, it just indefinitely waits for me to say more. No matter how much I say, real words or not, it doesn’t ever even acknowledge that I’m done talking and if I hit any buttons, the X to close it or microphone button that you’d think would tell what it said, just cancel out of it. Not to mention, taking pics is a nightmare. You have to highlight with your finger the phrases you want translated, but you can’t move the picture around easily. So if you zoom into a certain part, it’s hard to zoom back out, and you can’t move the picture at all without zooming in or out. So if you zoom out in a way that makes the pic go off to the side, well, too bad. Why can’t it just detect the words itself? Or at the very least, why can’t I translate more then one thing in a picture, and do I have to take the same picture again and again just to see everything it says?
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  • Terrible design - using the browser version is better Jul 6, 2018

    By NYCJames
    I installed this because I frequently use the browser version in Google to translate between English and French and I thought the app would be more convenient. Took me less than a minute to see the flaws in it. It's a horribly designed app - for example, in the browser version you can "switch" the languages around to make the destination language the source language. This is really helpful if, for example, you wish to practice making sentences in a language and then switch them around to compare your sentence to how Google translates it. In the app, there is a switch button but it switches the TEXT between windows instead of just switching which is source and which is destination - so my French sentence goes into the English window and vice versa, meaning they don't get translated. This is either a really stupid bug or an inexcusable design flaw, and to be honest it's entirely what I've come to expect from Google software. There are ALWAYS really stupid bugs and oversights which people complain about for years but which they never fix. Oh well, uninstalling it now.
    more
  • Jul 20, 2020

    By Scott B
    What the f happened to the pop up translation? That was the easiest and most convenient way to translate for someone who uses this frequently. Maybe for someone trying to translate a single phrase or word once in awhile it's fine, but I actually communicate with people overseas using this. Why would you change it? I just got a new phone and never expected an app to GET WORSE. Is it going back to the original tap to translate pop up??
    more
  • Jul 24, 2020

    By Gio To
    Seems like Google haven't done a single translation with this app Cause if they had used it, they would see what's wrong with it. Anyway after 6 months no change, we are forced to see only one line of text when we translating a pasted text, even though we have 3 inches of free space come on Google Get better developers. OK Google LLC you posted a link for us to tell you how to be better, but we are unable to open that link directly. No way anyone will write that link.
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  1. Efficient and effective translations between 103 languages, you can tap to translate, and translate anywhere in 59 languages even when offline
  2. 2 great ways to learn: conversation mode (2-way instant translation in 32 languages) and handwriting (draw characters, no keyboard necessary)
  3. Take a picture for easy translation with instant camera translation in 38 languages and camera mode in 37 languages

Reviewed by Laura S on January 26, 2018

  • Accessibility for Instructional Design Oct 24, 2018

    By kkennedy555
    Google Translate is now a form of augmented reality and is adapted for educational purposes. This application provides users with tools to translate between languages and they now include an image option; users take a photograph of a sign, piece of paper, or other form of written text and receive a translation in the language of their choice. This augmented reality is ground breaking because this allows online learners to access content in other languages. The application also translates spoken word in real time, which allows all learners to access audio in written form, in their own language, online or in-person. This version of augmented reality that is adapted for education can be utilized in an online learning environment and can be utilized by instructional designers. One of the major challenges with instructional design is selecting the correct tools to build learning experiences. With this application, instructional designers are able to create a course in their own language and can make their lesson accessible to learners by recommending Google Translate for accessibility. I plan to utilize this in conjunction with my online lessons and videos in order to reach more students with diverse abilities and primary languages.
    more
  • Pages of Translation Lightening Fast, and Reliable! Oct 31, 2019

    By rsmith7
    If if you are using anything but Google translate to do your Spanish work for you, you are missing the boat. It translates whole pages of text instantly without error. It uses understandable language for our US - Mexico border area. I was using a different translator when I saw a doctor using Google to communicate with a Spanish only patient. That’s when I learned about Google Translate and switched. For the past two years, I have used a different Spanish translator/dictionary App. It was slow and tedious, only would translate a short paragraph at a time, but worse - it inserted words which were clearly wrong. One time instead of asking my gardener to complete a task, it inserted the word marriage into the sentence! His wife would have not been happy! Luckily I caught it before texting as I had to double- check every phrase. But now I no longer have to worry and each phrase is spot on. ( at least so far I think it’s been!).
    more
  • Jul 28, 2020

    By Roni Kury
    I love this app! I use it often, as I speak a bit of a few languages and often need to clarify words or phrases (especially composing them). I once had to write a letter to my Chinese neighbour, who spoke very little English, and I was nervous about Google getting the translation wrong, so I asked a Chinese friend to check it for me, and she said it was spot-on! 👍
    more
  • Indispensable app Aug 20, 2018

    By Mobjack11
    I use many different languages throughout each day, usually just little phrases here and there in my writing. This app is indispensable to me as I work, and the translations seem to just get better and better with each update. I’ve read a few of the negative reviews, and while I’m sure the inconveniences described by these folks are real, it also seems they me be expecting a bit too much. The app is very straightforward in its basic function of translating text that is input by the user. The app is also by Google, and thus it is highly aspirational in its features, and each update seems to bring further enhancements that may or may not be truly useful. I understand how this might get frustrating, but that’s just Google’s style. Eventually the kinks get worked out based on user feedback, which is how I think it should be. As far as a basic free translation app, this one is far and away the best.
    more
  • Jul 30, 2020

    By MyNameIsBlayke
    The camera text translation works very well. Of course the translation seems a little off, but its hard to directly translate, especially from Japanese, which is what I've been using it for. The font in Aninal Crossing is not an ordinary font but it can still recognize the distorted, Japanese characters. All in all bravo
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  • Need to continually update and add new features Sep 16, 2019

    By WJMBOLIN
    This app is so much better than Microsoft translator. I used it first set a lot of messages on social media to new friends only to find out those messages were a jumbled mess of random words. They assume you lack the skills and ability process thoughts into Russian even with translator. It’s hard to come back from. I love that you can translate live with the camera because a lot of times I’m watching a broadcast or something and trying to keep up with everyone. The thing however that frustrates me the most about all apps including this one is that they tend to stop listening before the conversation has ended. Whether I just push the button and let go or cold it during the entire time after certain. It’s stops listening and you have to stop the sound if you’re lucky enough to be able to rewind it. I would like it to be easier to use within an app and not have to copy and paste etc. but overall I really like it it’s the one I use most and I’ve got some I paid for that just don’t stack up.
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  • Jul 9, 2020

    By holyheckles
    The only thing I really translate is Japanese, a language with a lot of symbols in it, so I have to use the handwriting feature due to how inaccurate the camera can be. However, when I do use the handwriting feature, when I write one symbol after the other (after the first one is already registered and I go and write the second symbol) it duplicates many of the previously written symbols. (Basically if you were to write the equivalent of "apple", it would show up as "aapappapplapple")
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  • Jul 11, 2020

    By Gluneklairo
    The Tap To Translate is nice on Android 9,when you copy something to clipboard, the floating icon will appear immediately. But since Android 10,the floating icon is keep showing and I should turn it on when I want to use it and off when I don't need it. It's confusing that why don't you change it back to what it was like on Android 9, it's quite better!
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  • Jul 29, 2020

    By Dr Rahul Shukla
    I'm using this app since long time. It's wonderful translation application. Easy sentences translated very nicely. But difficulty during creative & poetic Language. While using translation between English, Hindi & Gujarati - Some sentences with Creative & poetic writing could not translated properly. More mistakes are found During Gujarati Translation. Else Everything is BETTER.
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  • Jul 31, 2020

    By Michal Rama
    Perfect application, except for automatic language detection. It only works online. But if, for example, I enter "kočka", it should detect it and translate it into Russian if both languages are downloaded. I would be grateful if it would work that way. Thank you.
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  • Jul 23, 2020

    By Benjamín Christensen
    Great app. Best resource for translating a few languages. Fantastic catalogue of vocabulary for most of the languages it has. I love the tap to translate feature. I'm gonna keep it at 3 stars till I can have more than 5 languages in recent languages. (8 would probably be ideal, but I'd settle for 7 and even 6 would be better than 5. 10 might be nice or it might be overwhelming, I'm not sure.) Or maybe have a setting where you can choose how many languages to keep in recent languages.
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  • Good but not what is needed Aug 31, 2019

    By Scrabble Lover 44
    This program is useless when trying to overhear peoples conversations or listen to a speech. You can’t tell people to slow down and pause so you can translate each thing they said. That just does not work and is not practical. If I’m watching a show on TV in Chinese it is also fairly useless unless you want to press pause every few seconds. Also when people are talking, you have to tell them to speak slowly and carefully. That is ridiculous. And you have to wait until they have completed a sentence to translate. That is silly. What is needed is for the App to translate as a person is speaking. The user would just wear earphones an be able to listen nearly real time just like a real translator does. Or the translated words would appear as the person is speaking. The function that translates what is written kind of works. It fluctuate the transition consistently until you freeze the frame. Obviously this function needs improving.
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  • Jul 21, 2020

    By Antonio Quarta
    In "tap to translate" the copied text cannot be edited and the drop down menu with "copy" and "open in main app" options disappears as soon as "new translation" is chosen. Cannot choose between dark and light theme in the main app, the system settings are enforced (not consistent with other Google apps). Also the dark theme does not apply to "tap to translate". Keeping "tap to translate" like a separate app is a pointless waste of time and resources. AND GIVE MORE CHARACTERS FOR FEEDBACKS!
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  • Works decently well, but has some problems Aug 23, 2019

    By Audio-enslaved
    Google Translate certainly works quite a bit better than some random online translation service, but there are quite a few things that could be improved. Pros: - Does a generally good (though not perfect) job translating phrases and idioms. In particular, many expressions that mean something in one language but doesn’t make sense in another are correctly translated to the analogous expression in the other language. - Has an offline download feature that lets you translate without reception. This is of course very useful when your phone service doesn’t work overseas. - Allows the saving of translations for future reference, but that doesn’t seem extremely useful. Cons: - One cannot choose to switch between various forms of a phrase for languages that have multiple types of conjugations. For example, you can’t choose to have French use tu instead of vous. - The translation of a word does not show whether the word is masculine or feminine for languages where it’s relevant. - While the offline feature is useful, it’s *extremely* slow. In fact, the online feature can be quite slow sometimes too. I chose to give the app 3 stars because for me, the cons make it quite cumbersome to use this app as a general translation / reference manual.
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  • Useful, but be cautious Jul 24, 2019

    By Joberkitten
    I use google translate all the time and find it useful to define word and phrases. However, when I try using the translations to converse with native speakers, they often do not understand what I am saying because the translation is off or completely out of context. For example “I need some bags” translated into Spanish came out as “I need some pants” when translated back to English the way any normal person would speak. I had this same problem using google duo to learn languages, as the AI translations seem too rigid to mimic how language is used in conversation. The one feature though that is SUPER COOL is how you can take pictures of writing in any language and it will translate the written words for you! This is awesome! So, this app definitely has some redeeming qualities, in my opinion
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  • Jul 24, 2020

    By Gio To
    Seems like Google haven't done a single translation with this app Cause if they had used it, they would see what's wrong with it. Anyway after 6 months no change, we are forced to see only one line of text when we translating a pasted text, even though we have 3 inches of free space come on Google Get better developers. OK Google LLC you posted a link for us to tell you how to be better, but we are unable to open that link directly. No way anyone will write that link.
    more
  • Jul 31, 2020

    By Adnan Sanghri
    Great Experience with this.. It helps me a lot to improve my English language.. but nowadays it's not working good when I connect to internet it shows a notice in notification bar ( Download paused. WiFi network connection failed. As it is updated but this pop up always irritate me.. solve this query as soon as possible.
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  • Jul 14, 2020

    By Darth Brstnitrx
    Worked fine, now it barely works. My conversation/speech input isn't working anymore. I can't detect languages or translate anything in conversations other than English to the other language. My permissions are enabled. I've cleared cache and data, uninstalled and reinstalled the app, I've even gone into speech input settings and region settings to make sure everything was enabled and nothing is fixing the issue. The text translate still works, but not anything pertaining to conversations.
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  • Jul 29, 2020

    By Ann Wee
    I've been using this app for around 3 years now and it was working great till my phone updated to android 10. Before android 10, the tap to translate feature would only pop up upon copying a text, which was great! Now, there's no way to hide the stupid bubble and use the tap to translate feature at the aame time. This makes the app pretty much unuseable since I don't want the dumb bubble cluttering up my screen. The old way was perfectly fine, why ruin it?
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  • Jul 17, 2020

    By Konstantin Kvitko
    Instant translation does not work properly after last Android update on Xiaomi mi 8 lite, . There is not pop up icon anymore as it was before when you copy a text. I have to launch translator every time manually to translate smth. Or the icon float permanently what is really annoying. Used to everything was perfect: Icon popped up only when text was copied. When are you gonna fix this problem??
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  • Jul 30, 2020

    By Ricardo Milanez Fonseca
    I am really dissatisfied that the "tap to translate" function icon is permanently fixed on the screen (or needs to be enabled / disabled with each translation). This is completely irritating and ineffective. The previous way, where the icon appeared and disappeared quickly after translating the desired word, was extremely efficient and well elaborated. I don't know what Google's intentions are, but the company managed to make a terrible app that has always been wonderful.
    more
  • Hard to Use, Inaccurate, Barely Works Dec 28, 2018

    By Lizzie Licious
    Many times when I record audio or pictures, the translation doesn’t even come up. The audio is worse since no matter what I do, speaking into the microphone is just a bust. I’ll say something into the microphone, and it won’t do anything. It doesn’t even load, it just indefinitely waits for me to say more. No matter how much I say, real words or not, it doesn’t ever even acknowledge that I’m done talking and if I hit any buttons, the X to close it or microphone button that you’d think would tell what it said, just cancel out of it. Not to mention, taking pics is a nightmare. You have to highlight with your finger the phrases you want translated, but you can’t move the picture around easily. So if you zoom into a certain part, it’s hard to zoom back out, and you can’t move the picture at all without zooming in or out. So if you zoom out in a way that makes the pic go off to the side, well, too bad. Why can’t it just detect the words itself? Or at the very least, why can’t I translate more then one thing in a picture, and do I have to take the same picture again and again just to see everything it says?
    more
  • Terrible design - using the browser version is better Jul 6, 2018

    By NYCJames
    I installed this because I frequently use the browser version in Google to translate between English and French and I thought the app would be more convenient. Took me less than a minute to see the flaws in it. It's a horribly designed app - for example, in the browser version you can "switch" the languages around to make the destination language the source language. This is really helpful if, for example, you wish to practice making sentences in a language and then switch them around to compare your sentence to how Google translates it. In the app, there is a switch button but it switches the TEXT between windows instead of just switching which is source and which is destination - so my French sentence goes into the English window and vice versa, meaning they don't get translated. This is either a really stupid bug or an inexcusable design flaw, and to be honest it's entirely what I've come to expect from Google software. There are ALWAYS really stupid bugs and oversights which people complain about for years but which they never fix. Oh well, uninstalling it now.
    more
  • Jul 20, 2020

    By Scott B
    What the f happened to the pop up translation? That was the easiest and most convenient way to translate for someone who uses this frequently. Maybe for someone trying to translate a single phrase or word once in awhile it's fine, but I actually communicate with people overseas using this. Why would you change it? I just got a new phone and never expected an app to GET WORSE. Is it going back to the original tap to translate pop up??
    more
  • Flawed text scanning and translations Jan 31, 2020

    By CAD Programmer
    This is an amazing translation app, especially the real-time camera mode, straight out of science-fiction! However, it gives different results between camera Instant mode and Scan mode (often the Instant translation is close but a little off, Scan is more accurate but slower). A big problem with Scan mode is random omission of Japanese symbols from the source text and/or incorrect scans (wrong characters), so you’re unable to get a complete translation (frustrating). There are also frequent Google network errors resulting in delayed translation (or none at all), and frequent app crashes. You cannot pinch-zoom the camera, which is a problem on a smaller screen or text sizes. You can share/save only the translation results and not the scanned original foreign language text. I also don’t like how the camera mode always defaults to Instant instead of the last setting used. So although this is a convenient app for translations, it still needs a bit of work to get a higher rating from me.
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