“We’re expanding the offline language functionality to 33 new languages. This allows users to download the languages of interest and translate text when the internet connection is unavailable,” according to Google’s support page.
When travelling, having access to a full language conversion set offline is useful, and Google Translate is now adding support for 33 new offline languages to its mobile apps. As of this week, most, if not all, Translate users should be able to download these languages. Most of the new languages are minority languages, with native speakers ranging from a few hundred thousand to millions. But regardless of how many people speak these many languages, it’s a welcome expansion!
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The full list of added offline languages follows:
- Myanmar (Burmese)
- Oriya / Odia
- Scots Gaelic
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Google Translate is a simple-looking app with a lot of features. It can translate words or sentences you enter or paste into the app and text found in images. Furthermore, the app can translate the world around you in real time, utilizing the power of Google Lens. This is a convenient feature that it frequently gets correctly, even when you’re rushed and on the go. Finally, the app offers a conversation mode that can also translate a chat between two different people in real-time.
To enable offline translation, launch the Google Translate app and navigate to the app’s Settings menu. From the Settings menu, navigate to the Offline translation section, where you can add and download languages. If you don’t see the language you require, it means the app still needs to support it for offline translations. If you want to try Google Translate, it’s accessible on iOS and Android. The new offline language support will be available in both app versions.