https://www.duolingo.com/AliciaRain

cheating

For a long time I have felt that using Google translate (or any other translation source) was cheating. Now, I have decided that it is ok to use it, and that I can take the original, the Google translation, and my own knowledge to come up with the best translation I can. I'm still learning when I do this. Please let me know, if you agree!

6 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Luis
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We prefer it if you don't use Google translate :)

6 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GabrielGreen

yeah, but you wont be able to learn anything if you dont use it. I don't use google translate. I use the Spanish Dict. Google Translate only gives you the verb in present tense. But Spanish Dict gives you the tables for your verb in Past, Future, and Present Tense.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/violinsharmony

i agree

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GingerCuttz

KITTY :P

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GingerCuttz

btw i think its fine if you wonder why i said kitty (honestly i do not know) XP lolz

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GingerCuttz

whut it ok :P

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rweba

I think it is also a matter of the level you are at. If you are a complete beginner (less than 1 month for example) then something like Google Translate can help in getting the gist of an article so you know where to even start. But as you become more and more confident then it is far less necessary. In my experience Google Translate provides good idiomatic translation on only about 25% of the sentences on the Spanish texts, so it is far from a complete solution.

6 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/randylynne
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There are a lot of idiomatic phrases that appear in the passages to be translated that haven't been identified as such yet on this site, or often the exact meaning of a word isn't clear from the list of suggested meanings. In those cases, I'll try some translators to try to figure out the meaning of the passage. Sometimes there are terms that have no suggested translation (or ones I don't understand), and I'll do some research on wikipedia or something to better understand the topic and find the best English rendition (names, places, mythological beings, pop culture references). If you approach it from a learning standpoint, you can have a lot of fun discovering way more than just the language. And some side research (with translators or otherwise) can help a lot with the quality of the translations if you want to put that extra effort into it.

6 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Aglb100
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We're here to do two things; that's to learn and to contribute to translating the web. Google translator is useful for trying out constructing our own phrases to check if we're fully understanding things, and it usually has a long list of alternate translations for various words. Secondly, we want the web to be translated correctly, so using an external translator when we're not sure of a word or a phrase will be very beneficial in the long run. So I totally agree its not cheating as long as you're learning. (But if you're just copying and pasting paragraphs into google then thats totally missing the point)

6 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Gumbee

Perfect example of this was a recipe I was translating. There was a term I didn't understand, Duo's suggestion didn't make sense - I think it was "chin straps" or something like that (I couldn't imagine cooking chin straps). So I checked it with Google, got "pork cheeks" - still wasn't sure, so googled (in English), "pork cheeks". Who knew? Turns out it's some kind of delicacy!

6 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mjl
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Google Translate is a last resort. It is very crude like all machine translation, so naturally you can't even achieve a good translation if you copy and paste its output. I often use Google image search to verify what on earth an unknown word or phrase is actually about. This helps in particular to translate idiomatic constructions (ie, most of real-life language use) or recent buzzwords in the target language.

6 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/David975632

I disagree with your comment on machine translation. I’ve been using Bing Translator to translate German letters that I receive, and it very quickly gives the gist of letter and helps me decide how much time and effort to devote to a letter. I find translation by hand is time consuming, particularly some of the wonderfully long bureaucratic words that are used, so a quick machine translation helps me decide on how much effort to expend on a letter. As for accuracy, so far I’ve found the translations make sense and are sufficiently accurate basis for action.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Byro5757

You should use it to do what ever you have to do but it might get it wrong

6 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AshleyJacobs

I agree with you their

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/seascu02

how is this cheating

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AshleyJacobs

good but how can we cheat when we are on duo lingo

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GabrielGreen

There is a way to cheat, But I never use it unless I want to know something really cool about the language i'm learning. You hover over the subject you want, and then put the subject name in the URL bar, while you're in another subject you already learned. It will look like this: http://www.duolingo.com/skill/fr/Family you are in family, and you want to go to adjectives 3.

you modify the URL so it looks like this:

http://www.duolingo.com/skill/fr/Adjectives-3

(In French)

And There you have the cheating system.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/IWinAgain

Google translate! Guess what it did to "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" after a couple rounds in two or three other languages? Tiny star / Not surprisingly, / the world's largest / diamonds in the sky / Tiny star / Not surprisingly, THE END.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FatChickens

you do that to

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/21petfalskial

cool

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/duolingoswagger

i speak rough english, it hard sometime to no use tha translate google when speak is hard

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DatMoik

Agree

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/thunderleon18

i some times use it

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/towettshiow

i agree it is to learn spanish not to guess!!!!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Gabrielgitara218

please give me lingots

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/violinsharmony

one

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/benleboloup

yesssss babe

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/samuelpotvin

yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GingerCuttz

umm... google trans is still learning but sometimes its wrong so its a risk but if it is right i guess its okay :P

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/josue12321

cool

3 years ago
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