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Google Translate

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Google Translate


If you have people in your community whose first language isn't the same as yours, it can be a bit difficult to communicate with them. With Google Translate you can break through language barriers - and learn a new language along the way!

This useful digital tool translates words and phrases between 90 languages. You can type text into the box on the website and see your translation instantly, or you can download the app onto your mobile device and translate through your voice, camera or even your handwriting!

Access the website through the link at the top of this page, or download the application for your Apple device here. It's also available for Android and other devices through Google Play.

Case studies

    Nyree from Cambridgeshire Library Learning Services talks about how Google Translate meant a new way to tackle translation problems in the community.


  • Translate between 90 languages
  • Translate with voice, camera or handwriting
  • Display translations in full screen mode to make it easier for others to read
  • Star your favorite translations for quick access
  • Access your translations when you’re offline


  • You need to be aware of other noises around you which may interfere when capturing speech
  • Accuracy can vary


Jo McQuade Yes you can translate your speech in to another language using this app. Visit this link to view the full list of capabilities
Monday, November 25, 2013 - 08:38
spetho2001 Is it true that I can install Google Translate on a smart phone and speak a phrase into the phone in English and have the phone speak the phrase in Italian?
Saturday, November 23, 2013 - 01:31
josephinewhiteford Having mainly used this app for entertainment purposes I found it rather good. Of late I have also used it, as I was partnered with an itailian girl in college. We would speak with over networking sites and Google+ when working on assignments; and she often used phrases I wasn't accustomed to as they were in her language. With the help of Google translate, we were able to overcome the language barrier and even used phrases of each others language becoming more aquinted.
Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 11:28
johntoothill We use this at Parents Advice Centre Keighley . Very useful. Recommend you give it a try.
Monday, February 18, 2013 - 16:14
wyelearn Have used this during live lessons delivering to a multi-national group. Some glitches with grammar but gives a fairly accurate gist of text being translated. - Currently teaching over 40 ESOL clients each week and this has been a big help especially for the absolute beginners learning English.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 19:45