Of all the many Asian languages out there, Japanese is among the most difficult to learn. But thanks to a new app, reading Japanese has suddenly become a lot easier, so much so that textbooks may have just been rendered obsolete.
Google has launched a new Japanese Word Lens extension for its Google Translate app, which translates Japanese on the go. Users simply need to open up the Google Translate app, hover their phone over some Japanese text, and the app automatically translates the text into English. Perhaps the best part of this new extension is that it doesn't require an internet connection, which will undoubtedly be helpful for any lost foreign tourists in Japan.
For a glimpse into how the app works, check out this video of OKAMOTO's "Lagoon" set to Google Translate: