Google has transformed your life, never more so than when travelling abroad.
Communicating abroad used to involve speaking English loudly and slowly while gesticulating wildly. When that didn’t work, you were forced to indulge in a game of charades, much to the locals’ amusement.
Today, all you need to make sense of a menu or make yourself understood in a local store is a smartphone and the Google Translate app.
However, the downside is that you had to access Google Translate online which usually meant extortionate data charges.
But all of that has changed.
Google has added offline translation to its translate app. It allows you to download languages to your device so that you can access translations even if you don’t have an internet connection.
Granted, it does mean you have to be organised and download the required language in advance, but it will save you a lot of money and potential embarrassment.
You can download apps by following these links:
Then open the app, tap the menu button (three lines), select offline translation, then tap a language you want to download. Each file is impressively small, with most only taking up around 40MB.
There you go, everything you need for a fabulous holiday.
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