Phrasebook is a new tool for Google Translate that lets you keep useful and popular phrases stored on your phone for quicker access. The days of sheepishly fumbling on your phone in front of bemused locals are about to be over. C’est si bon!
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To save a phrase to your Phrasebook, you simply click the star under the translated text in Google Translate. You can access your saved phrases by clicking the Phrasebook icon above the upper-right corner of the Google translation box — clicking on a phrase will load it back in the translation area.
The tool comes with a handful of user controls, which let you search for a specific phrases or filter your collected phrases by language pair.
In a nutshell, the new service eliminates the need to keep performing the same translations in Google Translate — an obvious boon for travelers in non-English speaking countries (especially for those that have difficulty committing things to memory).
“By revisiting the useful phrases in your Phrasebook from time to time, you can turn any brief translation into lasting knowledge,” Google adds on its Translate blog.