谷歌翻译8大神奇功能

As smartphones continue to get smarter, we can only expect Google Translate to stay one step ahead.
随着智能手机越来越聪明,我们只能期待谷歌翻译领先一步。

Over 200 million people around the world now depend on the free application every day. And yet, many repeat users do not know about some of its most exciting features. We are here today to help change that.
目前全世界有超过2亿人每天依赖这款免费的应用程序。然而,很多老用户并不了解它最激动人心的一些功能。我们今天就来帮助改变这点。

Use your smartphone camera
利用智能手机相机

Let's start with your smartphone camera.
让我们从你智能手机的相机开始。

By pointing the camera at an object with words on it, you can translate those words into many languages. This feature will translate the words from whatever the camera sees -- whether it is a street sign, restaurant menu, or even handwriting.
将相机对准一件表面有文字的物体,就能把这些文字翻译成多种语言。该功能可以翻译相机拍到的任何文字,无论是路牌、餐厅菜单,甚至是手写文字。

Simply touch the camera button on the app and point the device at whatever you'd like. This may be one of the app's most striking features, although it usually works better with printed words than handwriting.
只要点击该应用程序上的相机按钮,对准你想要使用翻译功能的任何物体。这可能是该应用程序最引人注目的功能之一,虽然它通常识别印刷字体要好于手写字体。

Translate spoken words and phrases
翻译口语单词和短语

Google Translate now also translates whatever it hears. If your electronic device has a microphone, you can talk directly into it and the program will quickly begin translating several sentences. But it does not like when a speaker stops in the middle of a thought. This feature works on both the smartphone app and the website.
谷歌翻译可以翻译它听到的任何语言。如果你的电子设备有麦克风,你可以直接对着它说话,该程序将会迅速开始翻译句子,但是它不喜欢说话者中间停顿。该功能在智能手机应用程序和网站上都能使用。

You can even play pre-recorded audio or video close to the microphone and Google Translate will work fairly well.
你甚至可以靠近麦克风播放预先录制的音视频,谷歌翻译也能运行得相当好。

To use this feature, just touch the microphone image.
想要使用这一功能,只需要按下麦克风图标。

We reported recently on Google Pixel Buds, which also translates spoken language.
我们最近报道了Google Pixel Buds,它也能翻译口语。

Use offline translation for travel
旅行中使用离线翻译

If you have ever been to another country, you know how unpredictable a cellular or wireless connection can be. Google Translate now offers users the ability to download a whole language for future use offline.
如果你曾经去过其它国家,就知道蜂窝网络或无线网络有多不靠谱。谷歌翻译现在允许用户下载某种语言供以后脱机使用。

To activate the service, you must first download the language with a Wi-Fi or cellular connection, so it's probably best to do this before traveling.
想要激活该服务,你必须首先使用无线网络或蜂窝网路下载该语言,所以最好是在旅行开始前弄好。

The download for each language can be about 25 or 30 megabytes in size. So look at the data plan for your device if you expect to download without Wi-Fi.
下载每种语言大概有25到35兆大小,所以如果你希望在没有无线网络的情况下下载,请检查一下你手机的流量包。

To find the offline translation feature, just hit the settings image in the app.
查找离线翻译功能,只需要点击应用程序中的设置图标。

Translate your handwriting
翻译手写体

Our next feature seems like it was created just for fun. You can now write words by hand directly onto the screen of your smartphone in the Google Translate app. The app will then translate the word or expression.
我们要提到的谷歌翻译的下一个功能似乎就是为了好玩而创建的。你可以打开谷歌翻译应用程序,直接在智能手机屏幕上手写文字。该应用程序然后就会翻译这些文字或短语。

This feature works well, even with unclear handwriting. We tested it by writing words unclearly in a few languages. Each time, the translation was correct.
即使手写的笔迹潦草,该功能也能正常工作。我们潦草书写了数种语言对该功能进行了测试,每次翻译都是正确的。

Create your own phrasebook
创建自己的生词本

Another wonderful feature is the phrasebook. You can save and reuse your most commonly searched words and expressions in the phrasebook. To do this on your smartphone or computer, simply touch the star image.
谷歌翻译另一项非常好的功能就是生词本。你可以将最经常搜索的单词或短语保存到生词本并重复使用。想要在手机或电脑上执行这项操作,只需要点击星形图标。

On a computer, the phrasebook also lets you sort the saved terms by language – which is useful if you are using or learning several languages.
在电脑上,生词本还允许你按照语言分类保存词语,如果你在使用或学习多门语言,这种功能就非常有用。

The phrasebook can even be an excellent tool for examining sentence structure; you can use it to compare the structure of sentences in two languages.
生词本甚至可以作为检验句子结构的绝佳工具。你可以利用它来比较两门语言的句子结构。

Get slower pronunciations
放慢语速

Language learners all over the world will welcome the next feature. Everyone knows how difficult it can be to understand a foreign language when it is spoken too quickly. But, did you know that Google Translate will slow down the speed of its speech at your request? Simply touch the listen image twice to hear the translation at the slower speed.
世界各地的语言学习者都会喜欢下面这一功能。大家都知道,如果说得太快,想要理解一门外语有多难。但是,你知道吗?谷歌翻译可以根据你的要求放慢语速。只需要双击聆听图标就能以较慢的速度听取翻译。

Use WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger
使用WhatsApp或Facebook Messenger

You will never feel too distant from friends or family overseas with the next feature. If your smartphone uses the Android operating system, you are in luck. Google Translate will perform translations directly in WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger. No need to copy and paste the text from those apps into Google Translate.
利用下一项功能,你再也不会觉得海外的亲朋好友过于遥远。如果你的智能手机采用安卓系统,那么恭喜你,谷歌翻译可以直接在WhatsApp和Facebook Messenger中进行翻译。不需要将文字从这些应用程序中复制或粘贴到谷歌翻译中。

Make Google Translate better
改善谷歌翻译

Finally, you can help to improve the translation quality of Google Translate for users around the world. There are two ways to do this: suggest a change for individual translations or join the Translate Community.
最后,你可以帮助提高谷歌翻译的翻译质量为世界各地的用户服务。有两种办法来做到这点:对个别翻译进行修改或是加入翻译社区。

Suggesting a change is easy: just type or paste in words or phrases on the device as you normally would. If the translation looks problematic, simply "suggest an edit" inside the translated box.
建议修改很简单:只需要在设备上输入或粘贴文字或短语即可。如果翻译看起来有点问题,只需要点击翻译框内的“建议翻译”即可。

The second way is to join the Translate Community. Go to translate.google.com/community and sign into your Google account. Then, you can either review the quality of phrases that have already been translated or translate words and phrases into your chosen language.
第二种办法就是加入翻译社区。访问translate.google.com/community,并登录您的Google帐户。然后,你可以查看已经翻译过的短语的翻译质量,或是将单词和短语翻译成你所选择的语言。

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