With the way that technology is revolutionising how we communicate and travel there’s been much talk about breaking down language barriers.
While the smart earpiece that translates spoken words may be some way off and likely to be pricey, at least there’s an app that can translate written words.
You’re most likely aware of Google Translate – that handy tool where you simply paste in foreign text and choose the language you’d like it to appear in – but did you know that Google has an app that can help you even more?
More than just a copy and paste service, the app allows you to translate printed text as well. Using the camera on your phone, simply point at the word(s) you don’t understand and the app will show you them exactly as they appear in front of you but in English.
Anyone who’s ever had to turn to Google to decipher a dinner menu can appreciate this really is a game changer when it comes to travel. And not just for menus – street signs, transport information, hotel documentation – the opportunities are endless when it comes to what you will now be able to read and understand in a matter of seconds.
A must try on your next foreign trip – this is one app that truly will make the world