Senior caregivers with clients whose first language isn't English may have an easier time communicating with them in their primary language as they age. However, senior caregivers who are unfamiliar with the native language of their senior client may have difficulty communicating through gaps in language. The Google Translate app allows caregivers to translate back and forth between English and several foreign languages for clearer understanding.
The Google Translate app accepts input via text or via voice entry. This makes it ideal for caregivers who may be struggling to understand a single word or phrase that their senior client is using in a foreign language. Instead of needing to spell it out into the app to look the word up, caregivers can simply hold the phone out and record what the senior client says. Then Google will translate the phrase into English. It also carries a handwriting feature, that can help translate handwritten text. Senior clients can write a word or phrase onto the box in the phone with their finger and google will display the typed text above. Then, users can hit translate to see the words in English.
Google translate doesn't work for total translation of longer blocks of text, though. It looks at each individual word in a sentence and translates it exactly word for word, meaning that the translation may be slightly off. However, it will provide the user with a general idea of what the phrase means. With 80 different languages in the app to chose from, Google translate offers basic translation services that caregivers can take advantage of to understand senior clients more effectively in a native language.
The Google Translate app is available for Apple and Android platforms.
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