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Use Google Goggles to Translate

As I mentioned last week, I’m headed to Switzerland today. One of my recurring fears of international travel is of finding myself somewhere without any English speakers or signs in English. While that’s not likely to happen in Europe, I still have the fear. (For the record, I can read “survival” French and speak “survival” Spanish).

Google Goggles is a free Android app that allows you to point your phone at an object to find information about the object(s) captured by your camera. This function even works for text that appears on a sign. Take a picture of the text on a sign and select the translate option.

I also have the Google Translate Android app installed on my phone and tablet to help me out when I need translations.

It should be noted that the translations are not flawless so they shouldn’t be used when drafting formal documents.

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