Hi, Mike Reading here. I’ve just been playing
around with the Google Translate App, we have a few different teachers who teach different
languages and thought I’d just make a quick video to show you how you could use the Google
Translate App in your classroom. So I’m just going to take my phone and open up the
Translate App here and you’ll notice that at the top there it says that we can translate
from English to Spanish. If I click on the Spanish word, I get all these different languages
as options. Now if you have a pin next to one of the language, what that means is that
you can pin that language as an offline option, so you don’t need the internet. So that
would be great if you’re traveling but it would also be fantastic for a school that
maybe has a little bit dodgy internet. I’m going to leave it with Spanish at the moment.
And so there are four ways that you can get text or information into the app. The first
one is to just be able to type, so I’ll just type the world help and says “Did you
mean help?” I say yes and you’ll see there on the bottom that it has the Spanish word
there and it gives you a little bit of dictionary just underneath it as well. If you wanted
to listen to what that sounded like, just click the little speaker icon next to the
word that says Spanish and it will say it for you. You can also listen to it in English
and you can obviously use the button between the English and the Spanish words up the top
to change the order of that. So you can type, that’s fine. The next way that we can use
it is using this little scribble button which lets us draw or write. So if you wanted to
write Japanese or maybe a Chinese Character or maybe in the example we’re using with
some Hebrew teachers, they wanted to know how they could type. It also works for English
so if I just type in here hello, you’ll see that it’s founded at the top and it’s
translated it for us just there. So this works really, really well. The other way that we
can interact with this is to take a photo of something. Now if you turn your camera
on, I’m going to do two things. One, I’ll just scribble down some text on my desk just
here, so let me just take a picture of that and you will see that Google now starts to
scan it to see if it can rate any words. The reason I wanted to do that was just to show
you that it can pick up written words. Now to translate, let’s just find the word more
there so I can’t read my writing but if I slide my finger over the word “More”
what it does, you’ll see at the top there it’s just translated for me. I took a picture
of a brochure, so obviously it’s got typed text. So let’s just have a look at this
one, it will obviously find all the words for us and you can just slide your finger
over the words and it will change them for you. So really great for your students if
they wanted to read something off a piece of paper or a sign or if you’re traveling,
fantastic option there as well. Combine that with the fact that you could do this offline
and it’s a fantastic tool. The last way that you can interact is by using the microphone
button and it just works like Google now, you’d open up the microphone and just start
to speak, it will pick up your voice. Now a couple of little options you’ll find here
that once you’ve done a few translations that you’ll have a history there which is
great. If you wanted to, you can create a phrase book by just clicking the stars. So
if you’ve got common terms and you don’t want to have to type it or say it all the
time, you can just create your phrase book just by clicking on the stars there. The other
thing that you can do is you can open up you r SMS App and translate SMSs that are in there
which may or may not be handy for you and you can clear your history there. So that’s
all just from that top right hand corner, the three dots. You can access that. So anyway,
I hope you’ve found that informative. If you’re a language teacher, the way I would
use this with the students is not necessarily get them to be lazy or not have to learn the
language, sometimes teachers get a little bit concerned about that. What I would do
is I would give them some text, let Google translate it and then have a discussion about
is it accurate or not? The grammar is wrong and then that way you can actually create
a fun activity for them to interact with the text or the information but to be able to
do it in a different kind of way. So this was not mean to replace languages by any means,
in fact it can enhance your language lessons. So have a play with it and then in the comment
section below, let me know what you think. If you want to have more information about
how you can best use Google Apps in the classroom, then by all means, head over to www.googleapps4edu.com
where you’ll find lots of other tips and tricks. The other think that you can do is
you can subscribe to your YouTube channel and that way you’ll get notified every time
we create new videos. Thanks for watching.

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4 thoughts on “Google translate features and functions

  • September 24, 2018 at 7:28 pm
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    None of the languages on my Google Translate app have pins next to them. 🙁

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  • December 1, 2018 at 7:42 pm
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    Teacher/learning concerns: perhaps the long-term usage, "Osmosis" method. (e.g became fluent in German after many years in Deutsche Kneipen 😉 (reine Preußische Hochdeutsch, Pälzisch, Schwobisch u.s.w.)

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  • January 5, 2019 at 3:09 am
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    can u export favourites?

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  • February 20, 2019 at 3:21 am
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    Can you translate YouTube videos

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