Word Lens Translator

You can download this app free from the Google Play Store. It installs a “virtual” lens that works with your phone’s  camera. When you focus it on a word or a phrase in a foreign language it is supposed to translate it for you. It also works in reverse. When you type a word or phrase in English it translates it into Russian, Spanish, French, Italian, German, or Portuguese. I downloaded it onto my Android phone. I typed a French phrase which we hear all the time, “Je ne sais quoi,” and printed it out. I pinned the sheet of paper to my bulletin board and focused on it. It translated it as, “I not know what.” That’s sort of accurate; it means something like, “that special something.” I know this was a very tough test for the translator. I wrote “Good morning” on the same piece of paper and got it to translate it as “Buenos dias” in Spanish, but it took a long time. You can also download it from the Apple App Store.

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