There’s no Amazon.pt (Amazon Portugal) yet so, if you’re living in Portugal, you’re going to have to shop at Amazon in another country like Amazon UK, Amazon Germany, Amazon US, or Amazon Spain (more info about Amazon delivery to Portugal here).
Because Spain is so close to Portugal, many people living in Portugal choose to shop at Amazon Spain (amazon.es). There’s just one problem with that, though. Unlike Amazon Germany which has an English-language option, Amazon Spain is only available in Spanish.
While it’s easy to look up the Spanish word for what you want to buy using Google Translate, all the information about that product will be in Spanish. Regardless of what you’re buying, you’re going to want to be able to understand all of the product details.
Then there’s everything else that goes with online shopping, like choosing postage options and entering your credit card number. All of this is in Spanish. If you’re a regular Amazon shopper or speak Portuguese, you can probably guess what’s being said. Sometimes, though, it’s just easier to have everything in English.
Thankfully it’s possible to translate Amazon from Spanish into English just using your web browser (e.g. Chrome, Firefox, or Edge). Simply follow the instructions for each browser as indicated below to make shopping at Amazon.es that little bit easier.
When it comes to translating web pages, Chrome is the easiest web browser to use – probably because they own Google Translate as well.
To translate a webpage, all you have to do is click the Google Translate icon in the address bar and Google will ask you if you want to translate the page. (The icon is just on the right hand side of the big long web address.)
Google will then translate everything on the page. You may have to do this with each new page that you load, but it only takes a couple of seconds. Alternatively, you can select for Google to always translate Spanish by clicking ‘Options’ rather than ‘Translate’.
Microsoft’s Edge comes with laptops and computers that run Windows, which means that it’s a browser that a lot of people use. Unfortunately, there’s no built in translation functionality. If you want to translate webpages, you’re going to have to download an app like ‘Translator for Microsoft Edge‘.
After you’ve installed the app, you’ll see a little icon appear at the end of the address bar.
As with Chrome, simply click this and you’ll be asked if you want to translate the webpage. There’s also a checkbox if you always want to translate from Spanish to English.
Like Edge, Firefox doesn’t come with a built-in translation feature. If you want to translate a webpage, you’ll need to install a translation add-on.
There’s S3.Translator, which is one of the most widely-used translation apps and one of the easiest to use. Simply add it to Firefox, and then you’ll see the S3 icon appear in the top right of the browser. Click it and then click ‘translate the page’.
If you’re using another browser, like Opera for example, or if you don’t want to add an extension or add-on to your browser, you can just copy and paste the URL into Google Translate (where you would normally enter the text you want to translate).
Do you shop at Amazon Spain? Do you translate and, if so, how do you do it? Share your shopping tech tips with other Portugalist readers by leaving a comment below.