Google Translate adds Phrasebook feature to save often used phrases

Google has announced the addition of a handy new feature called “Phrasebook” to its Translate service. The neat little feature will help you store phrases within the service so you can go to common terms like “Thank You” and “Please” quickly.

“Your knowledge of a language is largely determined by how well you can say the right things at the right time. But with so many useful phrases out there, it can be hard to keep track of them all, let alone recall them when needed,” wrote the Google Translate Team in a blog. “With Google Translate, you can find the right thing to say, but you may not remember the translation at the right time. You might find yourself performing the same translation again and again, until you finally commit the translation to memory.”

Google Translate will prompt you to saving your translation to the Phrasebook

Google Translate will prompt you to save your translation to the Phrasebook


The team says that the Phrasebook could be a great aid in learning phrases in a foreign tongue by revisiting it over and over till it is actually committed to memory. So instead of translating the same phrases over and over again, you can simply refer to your Phrasebook now. Google is taking a step forward in an attempt to make it a language learning tool instead of being seen merely as a translation service.

The feature is already available on the web version of Google Translate and you can get started right away. When you get to the website, you will notice a black star on the top right of the page. Initially, the Phrasebook will show up empty and will prompt you to go ahead and translate something.

Once you have entered a term and the service has translated it, it will prompt you to save the translation in your Phrasebook by clicking on the white star, as opposed to the black star which opens up the feature.

You can access your translations in multiple languages

You can access your translations in multiple languages


You can keep adding phrases in multiple languages to your Phrasebook and access it any time. When you click on a particular phrase, Google Translate loads it back into the translation area. You can listen to your saved phrases by clicking on the text-to-speech option that appears once you hover your mouse over it. It is also possible for you to filter out phrases by language pair as well as search for a phrase.

The idea of Google Translate’s Phrasebook feature is to get you to commit often used phrases to your memory as you learn the ropes of daily interaction in a new language. This tool looks like it’s going to be a hit for travellers. Unfortunately, Google Translate for Android does not seem to have received this feature and the team has not mentioned anything about the app getting it either. If only Google Translate for phones were to be updated with the Phrasebook feature, it would end up being one of the most widely used apps while travelling or interacting with foreigners.

Published Date: Mar 15, 2013 12:15 PM | Updated Date: Mar 15, 2013 12:15 PM