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Old 01-16-2024, 06:33 AM
 
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I wish these translation apps had been available when I was in the navy. Have you tried them in your travels? Have you found some worked better than others? The ones that I’m talking about include a camera that translates writing like road and business signs and those that translates speech to help communicate with locals.
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Old 01-16-2024, 11:40 PM
 
Location: Tricity, PL
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Not an app, but check on Vavus device.

Other than that Google translator is pretty good. I never had any problems with it.(text, voice and pictures)
I think it supports about 100 languages.

Say hi, is pretty good too.

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Old 01-18-2024, 12:02 PM
 
Location: Dayton OH
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When I was living in Germany up until recently, my most frequent trips to a place where I did not speak the language was to nearby Czech Republic, about 1 hour south of my former residence. Most of my travels in Czech Republic were to out of the way places that not many tourists visited and where English or German speakers were not so common. I frequently used Google Translate to communicate simple phrases.

The key to good results with Google Translate is to write or speak the English text in short, simple sentences. For example:
"I want a one-way ticket for a senior citizen over age 65 from Pardubice to Decin." I would simply show the translated text to the train conductor or ticket window attendant and they would tell me the ticket price and hand me the ticket. No hassles.

The camera function on Google Translate works fairly well if you focus it only on the text you want to translate. In Europe, road signs are typically in standardized European Union symbol instead of text format, so never had a need to translate road signs.
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Old 01-18-2024, 12:35 PM
 
Location: Tricity, PL
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^^^ That's exactly what I do, and I am happy with the Google translation results. For a machine, it's very intuitive.
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Old 01-19-2024, 08:10 AM
 
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Yeah just use Google Translate. Works good enough and is free. The text translate, with taking a picture and letting the app translate, works well. Used it for business purposes.

Although, we tried to use the verbal google translate in a taxi cab once in China and the driver just ignored it.
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Old 01-20-2024, 11:21 AM
 
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Yeah just use Google Translate. Works good enough and is free. The text translate, with taking a picture and letting the app translate, works well. Used it for business purposes.

Although, we tried to use the verbal google translate in a taxi cab once in China and the driver just ignored it.
In China, taxi drivers respond best to things that are written down.
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Old 01-20-2024, 06:54 PM
 
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In China, taxi drivers respond best to things that are written down.
Yes I am no stranger to China taxis (enough to know where to sit when the drivers spits out the window, as they always seem to do - hint: always sit on the right side, or keep your window up), we have our destinations written in Mandarin of course. This was communication that required an on the fly interaction.
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