A couple of weeks ago my son showed me a wonderful app called Word Lens which will translate text into a number of different languages by using the camera feature on your phone or iPad. When we tried to download it we found it was no longer available. Now the good news! Google has added Word Lens camera translation to its Google Translate App.
This free app is now available for your phone or iPad, and will translate from English to French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish and vice versa. More languages are coming You simply set your language and take a picture of a sign, menu, or a typed document. When you click on the scan button the scan if saved in the language you have chosen. The app alsoallow for real-time voice translation. The app also also can provide a written translation of your speaking into your language of choice. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZII2ksensw for a quick demo of the speach translation feature. You can also use this tools to speak to someone who speaks a different language than you.
The translate feature on the regular Google Translate has a microphone feature that allows you to speak your text and have it translated into any of 90 different languages, and allows you to see the written text and hear what you spoke in the language you have chosen. Google translate will also translate a website for you. These tools ffrom Google are helpful for travel as well as for understanding letters and documents, belonging to your ancestors, which may be written in a different language.