You Can Now Instantly Translate Japanese To English On Your Phone

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We all know foreign words – in particular, foreign characters – can be difficult to decipher if you haven’t studied a language. This is true of many languages, including Japanese.

If Lost in Translation taught us anything, it’s that Japan can be a confusing country to navigate without speaking the language but, with the latest addition to Google’s intuitive Word Lens app, it’s a breeze.

The Google Translate app already lets you snap a photo of text and get a translation for it in the language of your choosing, but the Word Lens process is a lot more convenient as you can just point your camera at Japanese text and get an instant translation.

The Google Word Lens app offers translations for multiple languages, and one of the most recent additions is Japanese. To get it started, all you need to do is fire up the Google Translate app, point your camera at the Japanese text, and the English translation will appear on your screen.


Image courtesy of Google

Thankfully, the app works offline, so you won’t have to worry about finding a Wi-Fi connection to get it working. You will need to download files for each language you’d like to translate, so make room on your phone before you go.

Get the app on Android and iOS. It’s a true life saver.

(Lead image: Ray Larabie/Flickr)