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The struggles of a foreign country and language barriers fixed with your phone
Do you know the struggle when you go to a restaurant in a touristic place and they only have a menu in their own language? Not even in English, looking at you France.
Dutch restaurants almost always have menus in different languages, especially in tourist locations. Hence, in the big cities you often only get it in English.
Fortunately, I always use an app on my phone to adjust the menus or other texts to English.
Let’s use Google Translate to translate text to your preferer language
The steps below work for both iOS and Android.
In the steps below I am using a OnePlus with Android installed.
Go to the store and install Google Translate or Open the application.
The sample text I will be using in the screenshot below. This is a piece of text from a local supermarket on how to maintain the gardens that you get for free with your groceries.
Open the Google Translate app and select Camera. Then point your camera at the text you want to translate. The text overlaps the text in the app.
See below for an example.
Personally, I find it difficult to read the text now because minimal movement of the mobile automatically shifts the text to make it overlapping again.
I prefer to use the Import option myself.
I first take a picture of the menu and then Import it into Google Translate.
Select Import and select the picture you just made.
Now you get the option to omit certain parts of text. I usually use the Select all option.
In the blue bar you can see the translated text. When you select this you will see more.
When you scroll down you will see the translated text.
Unfortunately, the enters and paragraphs disappear, making it still not always easy to read, but it is better than a French menu.