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Friday, February 15, 2019

Interpreter Mode on Google Home

Have now been using bilingual mode on a Google Home for some time.  It works well, even picks up many expressions on the edge of slang.    Now I see in the following article that you can turn on a translator mode, whether you are on audio only or visual Google devices.   Makes it easier to do translation in batch or real time.  Over 25 languages work now.  Note its early testing in hospitality settings with real time interactions with guests.  Like it, continuing to experiment.   Implications for language study. 

The following article outlines how its done, nice overview:

How to use Interpreter Mode on Google Home devices in DigitalTrends.

Language barrier? Psh. Here's how to make your Google Home an ace translator

There are more than 7,000 languages spoken around the world. In the U.S., Census Data indicates that roughly one in five people speak a language other than English in their homes.

Aware of the need for people to be able to communicate with others who might speak a different language, Google has come up with a new feature on Google Home devices and smart displays — Interpreter Mode.  The search giant piloted Interpreter Mode at big hotels like Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, Dream Downtown in New York City, and Hyatt Regency in San Francisco. The hotel staff use Interpreter Mode to converse with guests in real-time who speak a different language than their own.

Now, you can use Interpreter Mode at home on a Google Home smart speaker (like the Home or Home Mini), smart display (like the Google Home Hub), and on some speakers with Google Home built-in. You can use the mode to translate conversations in real-time, help you learn a new language, or even to help you out if you’re studying a second language.

On audio-only speakers, like the Google Home and Google Home Mini , you’ll get an audio-only translation.  ... "

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