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Why You SHOULDN'T Use Google Translate

Google Translate is a wonderful thing!

It is such an incredible tool that is free for anyone and everyone to use. If you don’t use it then please start!

Whether you are a traveller in a different country or a hotel in Thailand wanting to commit ate with your guests… It is a life line when trying to communicate with people who use different languages.

The issue is – it’s not as accurate as it needs to be!

Take this quick example…

“I love Google Translate but it’s just not accurate enough for me. It lacks the human side of translation that is more personal and also accurate when it comes to grammar and sentence structure. Come on Google, do a bit better!”

Step 1 – put that phrase into Google

If you type the above phrase into the tool and translate it to Thai you get the translation. Unfortunately I can’t show you the translation on this article because of the characters but give it a try and you will see!

The translation doesn’t mean anything to me but I am guessing it is a perfect translation…

Step 2 – translate this back to English

You get…

“I love Google Translate, but it was not enough for me, it lacks the human side of the translation is private. And still more when it comes to grammar and sentence structure in Google do a bit better!”

See… It’s so close to being correct, but just not perfect! Put them one after another and you can see the differences.

Original

“I love Google Translate but it’s just not accurate enough for me. It lacks the human side of translation that is more personal and also accurate when it comes to grammar and sentence structure. Come on Google, do a bit better!”

Translation

“I love Google Translate, but it was not enough for me, it lacks the human side of the translation is private. And still more when it comes to grammar and sentence structure in Google do a bit better!”

Conclusion

So you can see that it is incredible for translating words but it still needs proof reading!

I strongly recommend that anyone from a different country, who wants to translate their language into English should do it one of two ways:

  1. use Google for simple translations but then run it past a proof reader or English native and ask them to make sure it reads correctly
  2. use a full service available to you – whether it is online or someone you know

It is so important to get your translations perfect!

Source by Tom Spence

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