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Is Google translator helps to learn the language?

Mar 4, 2013 7:02 AM
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I confess I use Google translate regularly, and find it useful for some purposes.  If I am stuck on something, either to or from English, it can provide some clues.  It can even give a more or less accurate rendition of straightforward phrases and sentences; you have to be cautious, and mindful of its shortcomings.

A useful 'trick' is to 'reverse' the procedure:  take the translation you have been given, and feed it back in to see if you get back the original.  This doesn't necessarily prove anything, but I'm inclined to trust it a little more if it is consistent.  I do the same thing when searching in a dictionary for a word in another language: if there is a choice, test each of the options by looking at the reverse translation.

I'll use all means to find the right answer, and Google translate, though flawed [perhaps 'fundamentally'], is a useful tool to have in the box.

September 24, 2015

In my honest opinion it may useful to help you with the vocabulary, but it's useless if you try to translate a text or even a sentence.

September 24, 2015

Hi, my name is Emoo hope to meet u to exchange experience about learning languages i am a native Arabic speaker . like to learn English for my ielts test For immagiration I need to live my next life in another country where I can feel with my self so I need to be perfect in English to change all my life and i hope if i can improve your Arabic language

September 24, 2015

One big failing of Google translate for Arabic is that it totally ignores doubled letters.  Writers often omit the markings and the sentences from Google are even worse in Arabic because of the lack of distinction between single and doubled letters.

March 5, 2013

Google translate should only be used as a "last resort".  Its translations are terrible and frequently horribly wrong and misleading.  Just look at the entry for "basement" when you attempt to find an appropriate word in Arabic.

Google driving directions are equally horrible. I have personally attempted to get the worst errors corrected only to have them politely change them to make them worse.

Additionally, people use Google results and often change good information to match the erroneous material that is found using a Google search.  It is unfortuate that experts with actual domain knowledge don't review either any of the nonsense posted by Google.

March 5, 2013
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