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Online translators – how to use them

 How to Use Google Translate

Google Translate can be very helpful in many different situations. You can use it when you want to translate a single word or a whole phrase, when you’re traveling, learning a new language or for any other purpose.

* Remember that Google Translate is based on machine translation and it doesn’t constitute an academic recourse. It may contain errors, especially when translating sentences and long texts. It’s not recommended to use it for commercial purposes or official correspondence!

Did you know that Google Translate is better in some languages than the others? Check out the translation quality in the languages you know and you might get surprised or disappointed.

The quality also highly depends on the language you are translating from! The explanation to this is pretty simple – when you use languages which have similar structure and grammar, the translation output would be a lot better.

The tool is available for desktop, Android and IOS. In this article, we’ll see how to use the desktop version.

This is how to translate using Google Translate:

  1. Go to translate.google.com.
    How to use Google Translate
  2. Choose the language you what to translate from.

 

* If you don’t know which language you are translating from, you can click on “DETECT LANGUAGE”.

  1. Choose the language that you want to translate into.

 

 

  1. Write down the text. Google Translate will start translating your text automatically. That’s it. Pretty simple and straightforward, isn’t it?

Google Translate also has some other useful tools and features:

  • “Turn on voice input”

You can pronounce the word or the phrase that you wish to translate instead of typing it.

  • “Listen”

It allows you to listen to the text.

  • “Turn on virtual keyboard”

This tool can be really helpful if you want to type something in a language that you don’t have on your keyboard.

  • “Listen”
  • “Translation verified by Translate Community”

If this icon appears next to the translated text, it means that this translation had been verified by human contributors. Basically, anyone can be a contributor, even you.

       6) Other possible translations

In this section, you can see other variants of the translated word or phrase. If you translate a single word like “walk” this section will be divided into 2 parts. “Walk” would be displayed and translated both as a noun and as a verb.

       7) “Frequency”

These bars indicate how often a translation appears in public documents.

       8) “Documents”

This feature allows you to upload a file that you want to translate.

 

How to Translate a Website with Google Translate

Google Translate offers you a great opportunity to read any web page or website in your native language (or any other language you want). This is a great tool for everyday surfing. However, you should take into account that it’s based on machine translation and it might have errors and mistakes. It’s not recommended for commercial, official or academic use.

There are two different ways to translate a website into another language. Let’s have a look at both of them:

The first method:

  1. Go to translate.google.com.
  2. Type the full URL of the website you want to translate inside the text box, just like in the image down below:
  3. Select the language that you want to translate the website into.
  4. Now click on the icon that appears next to the URL on the right.
  5. You will be redirected to the website (in our case it’s the Daily Mail website). It will displayed in the language you chose.

 

1) Here you can type in another link of a website that you want to translate.

2) This feature allows you to translate the website into another language.

3) If you click on “Original” you’ll go back to the original version of the website.

You can notice that the translated website might look a little bit different because the length of the words and sentences can be different in various languages.

* Remember that Google Translate will not translate images that have text on them!

The second method:

This method is faster than the first one, but it works only with Google Chrome! You will need to download this browser to be able to use this feature.

  1. Go to the website that you want to translate.
  2. Click on the small Google Translate icon that appears on the right side of your search bar.
  3. Now we have to make sure that the website will be translated into the desired language. Click on “Options” as shown below:
  4. Click on “Change language”.
  5. Choose the language that you want to translate your website into.

You can check “Always translate” if you want all pages in a certain language to be translated into the chosen language.

  1. Click “Translate”.

That’s it!

Both ways are very simple, just chose the one that works best for you.

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