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Google Translate in Windows Phone

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This article demonstrates how to implement Google Translate as a free service in Windows Phone.

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Code ExampleTested with
Devices(s): Nokia Lumia 800, 820,920
CompatibilityPlatform Security
Signing Required: Self-Signed
Created: somnathbanik (19 Apr 2013)
Last edited: hamishwillee (25 Nov 2013)



Google provides a paid translation service: Google Translate API. This article uses the free Google Translate web service to get the response in HTML format and parse the actual translated text using RegularExpressions.

Note.pngNote: There are other translation services including Microsoft Translate API (free). These have not been tried, and may offer different or better translation results than Google.


Create a standard Windows Phone Project

Let’s create a standard Windows Phone Application Project

  • Launch Visual Studio
  • Click on File
  • Click on New Project
  • Select Windows Phone Application (Visual C# Template)
  • Add Name and Location of the project
  • Click OK to create the project.

Adding UI controls on application page

  • We create two ListPicker which is a part of Windows Phone Toolkit to select To and From of the language. Two TextBox to write and display our text. And a submit Button to process the web request.
<Grid x:Name="ContentPanel" Grid.Row="1" Margin="12,0,12,0"  DataContext="{StaticResource Languages}">
<StackPanel Orientation="Vertical">
<StackPanel Orientation="Horizontal">
<TextBlock x:Name="TextBlockLanguageFrom" FontFamily="Segoe WP" FontSize="40" Margin="{StaticResource PhoneMargin}" Foreground="{StaticResource PhoneAccentBrush}" Text="From : " />
<toolkit:ListPicker HorizontalAlignment="Left"
ItemsSource="{Binding language}"
FullModeItemTemplate="{StaticResource LanguagesTemplate}"
SelectionChanged="ListPickerLanguageFrom_SelectionChanged" Width="290" />
<TextBox Name="TextBoxTranslateFrom" TextWrapping="Wrap" Width="460" Height="150" HorizontalAlignment="Left" VerticalAlignment="Top"/>
<StackPanel Margin="0,30,0,20">
<StackPanel Orientation="Horizontal" >
<TextBlock x:Name="TextBlockLanguageTo" FontFamily="Segoe WP" FontSize="40" Margin="{StaticResource PhoneMargin}" Foreground="{StaticResource PhoneAccentBrush}" Text="To : " />
<toolkit:ListPicker HorizontalAlignment="Left" Margin="63,0,0,0" VerticalAlignment="Center"
ItemsSource="{Binding language}"
FullModeItemTemplate="{StaticResource LanguagesTemplate}"
SelectionChanged="ListPickerLanguageTo_SelectionChanged" Width="290" />
<TextBox Name="TextBoxTranslateTo" TextWrapping="Wrap" Width="460" Height="150" HorizontalAlignment="Left" VerticalAlignment="Top"/>
<Button Content="Submit" Height="72" Click="Button_Click" ></Button>
  • We also create a resource template for the ListPicker in the MainPage.xaml file
<library:Languages x:Key="Languages"/>
<DataTemplate x:Key="LanguagesTemplate">
<StackPanel Orientation="Horizontal">
Fill="{StaticResource PhoneAccentBrush}"
Margin="0 0 12 0"/>
<TextBlock Text="{Binding}" FontFamily="Segoe WP" FontSize="51"/>

Code behind

  • Add the following class to display the list of language in the ListPicker
    public class Languages : INotifyPropertyChanged
public IEnumerable<string> language { get; private set; }
public Languages()
language = "Arabic, Bulgarian, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, English, Filipino, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malay, Maltese, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese".Split(new Char[] { ',' });
private void InvokePropertyChanged(string propertyName)
var handler = PropertyChanged;
if (null != handler)
handler(this, new PropertyChangedEventArgs(propertyName));
public event PropertyChangedEventHandler PropertyChanged;
  • Add the following code to select To and From of the language
  //selected language from 
private void ListPickerLanguageFrom_SelectionChanged(object sender, SelectionChangedEventArgs e)
AppModel.LanguageSelectedIndexFrom = 0;
AppModel.LanguageSelectedIndexFrom= ((ListPicker)sender).SelectedIndex;
AppModel.LanguageCodeFrom = SelectedLanguage.GetSelectedLanguageCode(AppModel.LanguageSelectedIndexFrom);
//selected language to
private void ListPickerLanguageTo_SelectionChanged(object sender, SelectionChangedEventArgs e)
AppModel.LanguageSelectedIndexTo = 0;
AppModel.LanguageSelectedIndexTo = ((ListPicker)sender).SelectedIndex;
AppModel.LanguageCodeTo = SelectedLanguage.GetSelectedLanguageCode(AppModel.LanguageSelectedIndexTo);
  • Add the following code to translate the text using a web service request and parse the HTML response using regular expression.
  //translate language
private void Button_Click(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
if (TextBoxTranslateFrom.Text != "")
string url = "" + TextBoxTranslateFrom.Text + "&sl=" + AppModel.LanguageCodeFrom + "&tl=" +AppModel.LanguageCodeTo;
WebClient webclient = new WebClient();
webclient.DownloadStringCompleted += new DownloadStringCompletedEventHandler(webclient_DownloadStringCompleted);
webclient.DownloadStringAsync(new Uri(url, UriKind.RelativeOrAbsolute));
MessageBox.Show("Enter text!");
void webclient_DownloadStringCompleted(object sender, DownloadStringCompletedEventArgs e)
if (e.Error == null)
Match CompareText = Regex.Match(e.Result, "(?<=<span id=result_box class=\"short_text\">)(.*?)(?=</span>)");
string[] TranslatedText = Regex.Split(CompareText.Value, "\">");
// MessageBox.Show(TranslatedText.GetValue(1).ToString());
TextBoxTranslateTo.Text = TranslatedText.GetValue(1).ToString();
catch (Exception ex) { }


There is nothing big in this example other than simple tips to get the text translated. Most of the code are called from a PhoneClassLibrary which is a part of the project reference. Please download the source code for better understanding of the code flow.

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