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Price: Android - Free iPhone/iPad - Free

Teacher Overview

Google Translate looks simple. Just type in the words you want to translate, select the language you want to translate them into, and click Translate. Need to translate an entire webpage? You can do that here (provided your school's content filtering will allow it). Have a longer text or document? Simply save the file and upload it -- let Google Translate work its magic. You can also use a microphone to provide audio for translation, although the results here aren't always accurate.

Teacher Review

Whether you're teaching a world language course or working with English Language Learners, Google Translate can be a very useful tool because, among other things, it strives for accuracy. The ability to see examples of translations in context and the audio support are both great features -- when they work. In many cases, students may be able to improve their understanding of a language, as well as pronunciation.

While Google Translate sometimes fails to provide accurate translations, it's a perfectly serviceable go-to translator for fast, in-class translation. Failed translations can even make a great whole-class activity if used as an opportunity to discuss. Show an example and have your students speculate why the translation might not be accurate; this exercise can be especially insightful when learning multiple-meaning words.

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Developer Description

  • Type to translate 90 languages
  • Use your camera to translate text instantly in 26 languages
  • Two-way automatic speech translation in 40 languages
  • Draw with your finger as a keyboard alternative
  • Star and save translations for future reference
  • Take pictures of text for higher-quality translations or for languages not supported by instant camera translation

Some features not available in all languages.

Translations between the following languages are supported:
Afrikaans, Albanian, Arabic, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Basque, Belarusian, Bengali, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Cebuano, Chichewa, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Esperanto, Estonian, Filipino, Finnish, French, Galician, Georgian, German, Greek, Gujarati, Haitian Creole, Hausa, Hebrew, Hindi, Hmong, Hungarian, Icelandic, Igbo, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Javanese, Kannada, Kazakh, Khmer, Korean, Lao, Latin, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malagasy, Malay, Malayalam, Maltese, Maori, Marathi, Mongolian, Myanmar (Burmese), Nepali, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Sesotho, Sinhala, Slovak, Slovenian, Somali, Spanish, Sundanese, Swahili, Swedish, Tajik, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Uzbek, Vietnamese, Welsh, Yiddish, Yoruba, Zulu

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