As our world becomes increasingly global we may need to translate our words into languages other than our native tongue. Tech tools can make translations much simpler, bridging the gap between cultures.
These two tech tools can make translating words easier. Gboard now has Google Translate included in its keyboard, that can translate your words into 103 different languages. This Gboard feature has been available since 2017 on Android devices and is now available on iPhone and iPad with an update to the Gboard app.
Alexa has Translated, a translation skill that can translate spoken words into the English language.
Both the Gboard and Alexa translation skills are free to use, though do be careful of the accuracy of the translations if you rely completely on these (or any other) tech translation tools.
Gboard now has Google Translate built into its keyboard. No need to open another app or search the web to translate from one language to another.
Gboard currently includes 103 languages in its Google Translate feature.
Make sure to update the Gboard app if you are using an iPhone or iPad to get the Google Translate feature. Gboard on Android has had Google Translate for a while.
To translate what you type using Gboard, open an app where you type words, such as email, text messages, Messenger or other text-based app. At the top of the keyboard should be different options, including Translate or the Google Translate icon.
If you don’t see those options, tap the “G” icon to make them appear.
A new space will appear in which you will type the words you want translated. The language you are typing should be detected by Google, but you can choose a different language if Google gets it wrong. Tap on the suggested language to choose another language.
You can choose the target language, though if you’re continuing a conversation Gboard will suggest the language to translate your words into.
When you’re finished translating, tap Translate to have your words appear in the translated language. No need to copy and paste, your translated words will appear as text after you tap the Translate button.
Note that to use the Translate feature of Gboard, you must agree to send your words to Google so the translation can be made. If you aren’t comfortable with Google knowing your words, don’t use Google Translate on Gboard.
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Alexa Translation Skill
Alexa, Amazon’s digital assistant, can help you learn how to speak in other languages with the skill Translated. This skill translates English words into 37 different languages. Speak English to Alexa and learn how to pronounce those words in other languages.
Note that the Translated Alexa skill only translates words from English into other languages. Currently this skill doesn’t work if you speak other languages to Alexa.
Enable the Translated skill on Alexa, then ask Alexa a phrase such as, “Alexa, ask Translated how to say ‘Happy birthday’ in Portuguese.” Alexa will respond by telling you how to say the requested phrase.
You can ask Alexa to repeat the phrase or slow down to help you learn how to say the words at your own pace.
Do you use tech to translate your words into other languages? Do you find tech translations to be accurate? Have you tried either of these translation tech tools?
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