By John Thompson, Executive Vice President, Intero Real Estate Services, Inc.
The season of summer is upon us and while some families choose to stay close to home, relaxing by the pool, others find themselves traveling across the world. Oh the joys of immersing oneself into another culture, lifestyle, history and language. That’s right, language. Now, this can be one of the most challenging parts about traveling abroad, or even crossing the border, for that matter. From street signs, to bus schedules, to menus, everything is written in a form you don’t understand. So how do you cope with this without having to listen to 3 months of Rosetta Stone CDs before you go? You download Word Lens, today’s very cool app.
Word Lens gives you the capability to translate words instantly. I’m talking no network required. All you have to do is focus your camera phone over the sign, menu, or brochure and Word Lens automatically translates it, right there, before your eyes. It’s as if you’re looking at the sign in your own language.
The app can translate from Russian, Portuguese, German, Italian, French and Spanish into English and back again. You can also look up translations by typing them into the app so no need for that hefty Spanish/English dictionary. Light weight and easy to use! That’s what we love.
So what are you waiting for? With Word Lens as your international travel sidekick, you can comfortably go anywhere.
Europe, here we come!
Note: The no-cost basic download is VERY limited. You will have to buy a language pack for each language you want translated @ $4.99 per language.
Here’s a video that walks you through the app and reviews it. We found it very helpful.