Google Translate has opened up a whole new world of possibilities. Before its existence, travelers used language dictionaries to overcome language barriers. With Google Translate, however, we’re able to translate any word or phrase at the touch of a button or the snap of a camera. With hundreds of languages, there’s almost no limit to its capabilities. But what are some tips and tricks to get all you can out of it? Here are 25 Awesome Google Translate Tricks To Start Using Today.
Car Sound Effects
Set the translation from Croatian to Croatian and type in: rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
Once you click the “Listen” icon, it’ll make a car engine sound, or maybe it’s a chainsaw? The jury is out on that.
Translate Word Docs with Translator Toolkit
If you have a Word document in a foreign language and need to translate it to another language, you can use the Google Translator Toolkit. Upload the Word document, and the translater should do all the work.
Google Translate App does real-time voice translation.
Download the Google Translate App on your smartphone. Once open, tap the microphone button, select your language and the language you want to translate, and then hit the microphone button again. Just start talking, and it’ll translate for you!
Helicopter Sound Effects
If you want to make a helicopter sound with Google Translate (who wouldn’t?), just set the languages as German to German and type in:
Then click the “Listen” icon.
Translate Any Website
If there’s a foreign website you need to translate, just type in the URL in the translate box, select the languages to translate, and it’ll bring up an internal browser to view. As long as you stay within that browser, you can read it in a different language.
Use Google Chrome to Translate Websites
If you’re a Google Chrome user, then Google Translate is built into the browser. If you visit a foreign language website, it’ll offer to translate the website in full for you.
Google Translate App Can be Used Offline
When you’re traveling, you won’t always have WIFI or an internet connection to your phone. Luckily, the Google Translate app allows you to download 103 different languages to your phone to translate from. So even when you’re offline, you can translate a language at your fingertips.
Improve Google Translation
Google Translate is praised for its accuracy, but it isn’t perfect. Luckily, it’s always improving. If you’re an avid language learner or want to help improve Google Translate with your own native language, they let you do that! Just visit https://translate.google.com/community
You can also improve the translation straight from the Google Translate website by clicking on translation they gave. A drop down will appear, and you can click on “Improve this translation.”
Beatbox Sound Effect
Google Translate can easily be manipulated into a beatbox machine. Set the translation from German to German and use the following example:
pv zk pv pv zk pv zk kz zk pv pv pv zk pv zk zk pzk pzk pvzkpkzvpvzk kkkkkk bsch
Click the “Listen” icon and get grooving.
If you want to create your own Google Translate beats, here are the different sounds:
zk = suspended cymbal
bschk = snare
pv = brush
bk = bass
tk = flam1
vk = roll tap
kt = flam2
kttp = flam tap
krp = hi hat tap
pv = short roll
th = better hi hat
thp, ds = instant rimshot.
Save Your Translations to the Phrasebook
Chances are you’re going to need to save some of your translations. It would be way too frustrating to keep typing the same thing in all the time. Fortunately, there’s the phrasebook. Make your translations and then click the “Star” icon underneath. Then, click the star inside a circle at the top right corner of the website to open your phrasebook.
Translate Words with Your Smartphone Camera
In the Google Translate app, click on the photo icon and use your smartphone camera to scan and translate words. So, if you need to translate a sign or something in a book, you can easily translate it without typing it all in.
It can sing to you in Japanese!
If you set the translation from Japanese to English, use several periods before writing the Japanese characters, and click “Listen.” You’ll be treated to the voice sounding like it’s singing. Just make sure to click the listen button under the Japanese translation and not the English.
Translate your own website into 100+ languages.
If you have your own website, chances are you’ll have visitors from other countries. Google Translate allows you to add your website to their database. It’ll translate your website for you, letting foreign language speakers have better access to it.
Improve your own English.
Even the most advanced English speakers can always sharpen and improve their command of the language. Google Translate can help. Type in any word, and it’ll bring up dictionary and thesaurus references below.
Google translate works well with context.
Language isn’t just about meaning but context. Fortunately, Google Translate can help with that as well. For instance, in Portuguese the word “cara” can mean several different things, including face or guy. In this particular instance, “aquele cara alto” was translated as “That tall guy,” and not “That tall face.” If you highlight the specific words, Google Translate will also give you the many meanings of the word.
"No Worries" translated in Swahili is not Hakuna Matada!
Hate to burst your bubble, but if you translate “No worries” from English to Swahili, you’ll find out Lion King was a bit off on its translation. Instead, it’s “Hakuna wasiwasi.”
Will Justin Bieber ever hit puberty?
Google Translate sometimes can have kinks in its translations that end up asking bizarre questions. If you set the translation from English to Vietnamese and type in, “Will Justin Bieber ever hit puberty?” and then reverse the translation, it’ll read, “Does Justin Bieber reach puberty?”
Translate the letter ä in German to Turkey to get pokemon.
Another great trick is finding the hidden pokemon in Google Translate. If you set the languages from German to Turkish and type in fifteen of the ä character, it’ll translate that to the word pokemon in Turkish.
Slower and Faster Pronunciations
If you want to hear a translation fast or slow, all you need to do is click the listen button twice, and it’ll switch between the two speeds.
Offer Alternative Translations
If you feel like you want to offer an alternative translation, go ahead and click the “Suggest an edit” button on the bottom right side. It’ll be sent to Google and added to their database.
Google Translate Works with WhatsApp & Facebook Messenger
If you own an Android phone, Google Translate is built within the Android software. Now, it’s capable of translating messages in Whatsapp and Facebook Messenger from friends who speak in other languages.
Check for Language Accuracy
Using a highly sophisticated artificial intelligence neural system, Google Translate is one of the best and most accurate non-human translators in the world. If you need language accuracy, then Google Translate is the next best thing to a human. If you’re not sure if you’re saying the right thing or need to double check your language accuracy, Google Translate is a good database to check.
Use the handwriting tool in the app.
Sometimes it’s just easiest to write down the word to get the translation, and fortunately, the Google Translation app has you covered there as well. Clicking the handwriting button on the right side of the app will allow you to write with your finger the words you need to be translated. Easy and simple.
Use the reverse button to check accuracy.
Taking a translation in Google Translate at face value most likely is fine, but once in a while, it might not hurt to click the “Reverse button” to see if the translation is totally accurate. On certain occasions, the translations being reversed might reveal errors and poor translations.
Google Translate has a conversation mode.
If you have an Android phone, and you’re not using Whatsapp or Facebook Messenger, the Google Translate app has a “Conversation Mode,” allowing you to translate text conversations on your phone.
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