Google Enables Offline Language Translation | Polish Interpreting

Have you ever been in a situation where you needed something translated, but didn’t have a reliable internet connection? Would you like to visit another country, but don’t want to pay for international data or buy a sim card for that country? Google Translate now allows you to download offline language packs to your phone, so you can translate even without an internet connection.

Imagine you’re traveling through the Swiss Alps, you have been separated from your group and are lost and cold. You come across a camp of locals, but they only speak German. Fortunately for you, you have your phone, and despite not being able to get a signal, you open up your Google Translate app. Having previously downloaded the German language pack to your phone, you are able to quickly communicate your needs and reach safety. Okay, maybe that’s an extreme and fairly unlikely scenario, but you can’t deny that the ability is more than handy.

To enable offline translation you’ll need to be running Android 2.3 or higher, and select the languages you want in the offline languages menu. You’ll want to make sure you have plenty of space available if you are planning a globe-hopping event – the Spanish package alone is 156.74MB.

There are 50 languages available for download at present, and though the translations are less comprehensive than their online equivalents, they should work for most of your offline translating needs. As someone who has been completely cut off from affordable and reliable internet access (although on a cruise ship, not on a mountain), I can say this is a welcome addition to Google Translate.

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