Travelling in countries to do family history research where you do not understand the language just became easier.
Google announced yesterday it has updated its Google Translate app to expand instant visual translation to 20 more languages, for a total of 27.
Google started with seven languages: English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.
As of yesterday, Google Translate can also translate to and from English and Bulgarian, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Filipino, Finnish, Hungarian, Indonesian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Slovak, Swedish, Turkish, and Ukrainian.
Google explains how the app works: “Just open the app, click on the camera, and point it at the text you need to translate — a street sign, ingredient list, instruction manual, dials on a washing machine. You’ll see the text transform live on your screen into the other language. No Internet connection or cell phone data needed.”
You can also take a photo of the text you would like translated. Google has 37 languages in camera mode.
To try out the new languages, go to the Google Translate app, set “English” along with the language you’d like to translate, and click the camera button. You will be prompted to download a small (~2 MB) language pack for each.
Read the Google announcement here.