Quick Tip – Use Google Translate App to Translate Publications

Did you know you can use the Google Translate app on your phone to translate publications? Just click the camera icon in the app and point it at a printed text. Google Translate will show the translation in place.

I first saw this when one of my clients used it to translate a Dutch plaque next to a monument and a Dutch menu. You can also use it to translate Dutch books, newspapers, or magazines. As long as the text is printed, Google Translate should be able to handle it.

Monument plaque of house in Voorburg. Credits: Dedalus, via Wikimedia Commons (CC-BY-SA)

About Yvette Hoitink

Yvette Hoitink, CG®, QG™ is a professional genealogist in the Netherlands. She holds the Certified Genealogist credential from the Board for Certification of Genealogists and has a post-graduate diploma in Family and Local History from the University of Dundee. She has been doing genealogy for over 30 years and helps people from across the world find their ancestors in the Netherlands. Read about Yvette's professional genealogy services.


  1. Kathryn Fohr says

    We have used it many times. Really.good

  2. Nancy DeVries Adams says

    Wow, I just tried it with the green sign pictured and my Google Translate on my phone. Great to know we can do this, thank you!

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