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Google has introduced a new feature for Google Translate called Phrasebook. As the name suggests, Phrasebook can be used to save commonly used phrases. The service now allows you to save a set of translations, i.e., the commonly used catchphrases in a given language, for quick translations, reference, and reuse. Without this handy feature, translating the same words or sentences over and over again becomes a repetitive exercise. With the Phrasebook, Google Translate users can keep track of the expressions they most commonly use.

To begin with, your Phrasebook will be empty, but you can populate it with your phrases by clicking the star under a translation you’ve just made. Now, even if you forget a word, you can click the Phrasebook icon above the upper-right corner of the box containing the translation to open your Phrasebook. Select the word or phrase you want to use and load it in the translation area with a click. You can filter your phrases by language pair, or search for a specific phrase. The text-to-speech icons next to the foreign phrases give you the vocal pronunciation.

Regular Google Translate users can easily re-purpose Phrasebook as a language learning tool. As Google says – “by revisiting the useful phrases in your Phrasebook from time to time, you can turn any brief translation into lasting knowledge.”

The Phrasebook is not only a tool for better communication with Google Translate but also a recall device that helps you use the right phrase at the right moment. Try the feature with a few translations and let Google (and us) know if you could break the language barriers.

Source: Google Translate Blog

  1. Aman Sareen
    June 21, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    Amazing services by Google and thanks for sharing :)

  2. r carroll
    March 19, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    Great feature but getting greedy already for feature for grouping phrases (greetings, travel etc).

    • Saikat Basu
      March 20, 2013 at 4:56 am

      Well, if this feature takes off you can expect more additions.

  3. Douglas Mutay
    March 19, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Great! i use Translator everytime and I find this very useful!

  4. sion alto syahputra silaban tio
    March 18, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    wow softwr very nice.

  5. Home Less
    March 17, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    good services

  6. Tic Tac
    March 17, 2013 at 7:12 am

    amazing feature!

  7. Márcio Guerra
    March 17, 2013 at 3:21 am

    This is nice, I guess. I'm going to prepare my parents a simple phrasebook with some sentences that allow them to travel to China from Portugal to meet my brother, and, despite me knowing English and a bit of French (the air-plane stops in France to make a scale), I'm not going with them and they'll need some help, I guess... This is a nice tool-tip!

    Thank you! Cheers!

    Márcio Guerra

    • Saikat Basu
      March 17, 2013 at 5:44 am

      That's a nice use, and a very thoughtful gesture. But if it's Chinese do get it verified, because China also has quite a few dialects and all very complicated :)

      • Márcio Guerra
        March 17, 2013 at 7:21 pm

        Regarding Chinese, in fact, I'm not that worried, because my brother is there at the airport to receive them, but I'll add some sentences too in Chinese and ask my neighbours to review them (there are several «Chinese stores» next to my house and when it comes to addresses they usually give a hand writing it down) and I'll ask them for a few sentences too now! Thanks for the reminder!


  8. Ashwin Ramesh
    March 17, 2013 at 2:53 am

    Real nice and useful feature!

  9. Glenn Palafox
    March 17, 2013 at 1:01 am

    its amazing! you can easily translate the word

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