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why should i not rely on google translate

Hey everybody, i been sort of building a bad habit with using google translate instead of relying on my own translation/knowledge. I usually translate french-->english to make sure i am correct with the phase i came up with, 9/10 i am correct in what i want to say.

I know google translate isn't always going to be there when i need it, So what would be your advice to me ?

thanks in advance

November 16, 2017

7 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/OmegaGmaster

Like you said, you're relying on it instead of your own knowledge. Also, Google Translate is notorious for being mostly incorrect in handling grammar of any language. It makes a great dictionary, but other than that it's quite bad.

November 16, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Lemniscatarum

Indeed, it's only reliable for several words and sentences, not everything.

November 16, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/carptoon

another consideration, I have translated from English, my first language, in google translate between other languages and then back into English to see the difference. Try it and see for yourself.

November 16, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/StevenCopeland

Here is one:

Hunden er fantastisk

Translates to "The dog is amazing"

It was actually pretty close. The original sentence was: "The dog is awesome"

November 16, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/MEhoban

As others have said, Google translate's accuracy is spotty. I totally used it when I started out with Swedish and French, since it's not a bad way to double-check that a sentence you constructed makes sense, but you gotta be careful--Google will give definitions that are technically correct but not, y'know, what you wanna say.

Best example: If you try to say "I am excited" in French, Google generally gives "je suis excité", which has... ahem different connotations.

So! If you're worried about making a habit, check out a different French/English site, something like http://www.wordreference.com/enfr/ that gives you necessary grammar details along with verbs, etc. usually.

November 16, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Dcarl1

I'm a big fan of wordreference. Its forum is excellent, and the dictionary itself gives you all kinds of idiomatic meanings along with direct translations. It's a great resource.

November 16, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Nourhan236494

don't use google translate unless if you're really good at English then you can fix the slight mistakes it does and likewise for the French.

November 17, 2017
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