Did you know you can easily display the definition to any word you come across while using your iPhone or iPad? That’s right, ever since iOS 5 came out in 2011, your Apple device has a built-in dictionary. Simply tap and hold on any word and you’ll bring up the “Define” button. Tap it to trigger a pop-up window with all the info about that word. It’s really neat. However, this functionality is supercharged by a hidden translation feature.
I’ve been studying the Chinese language for a few years now. But I still come across words that I don’t recognize. Previous to finding the trick I’m going to show you, this was my workflow. I would have to 1) copy the word, 2) launch the Google Translate website or app, 3) paste the word, 4) make sure my to/from languages were set right, 5) hit the translate button, and 6) see a simple translation of the word. This was a lot of steps just to see a translation that I wasn’t even 100% positive was correct. Now, Apple has taken this entire process and simplified it tremendously. Word translation is now available within that same define button that displays when you highlight a word. But you’ll need to turn it on.
Here are the initial steps that you only need to perform once:
1) Select a word by pressing and holding on it
2) Tap “Define”
3) Tap “Manage” in the lower left-hand corner
4) Download the translation language you desire by tapping the cloud icon
That’s it. Now that you have that translation dictionary stored on your device, the next time you tap “Define”, you’ll see the foreign language word translated. What’s more, and unlike Google Translate, Apple also shows multiple definitions along with usage examples. Currently, this feature works with the following languages: English, Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese, and Spanish. The follow video will show you how it works.
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