It’s all very lovely being able to say, “hello, how are you, I’m fine thank you,” in the local lingo when we travel.
But when you’ve been out all day, had a 16-hour flight, got really sunburnt, or just want something to eat something (anything!) but everything looks like gobbledygook, let’s face, it’s frustrating.
Thanks to Otavio Good, an American computer programmer who was annoyed with the effort to make himself understood, quit his job and created Word Lens for us.
Using the skills he gained as a gamer, he created an app that translates chunks of text into your language. Just point the camera on your phone at the text, and hey-presto, instantly readable menu. You don’t even need an internet connection.
With the Spanish version just being added to the Italian, German and French offerings, it’ll be interesting to see which language comes next. While we think learning some of the local language still gives you a better travel experience, this is a great option for when you can’t or don’t want to.
So what are you going to translate?
Written by: Sian Bray ~ “明天见” ming tian jian/see you tomorrow!