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Q: Google Translator? Is it reliable?

For those of you who use google translator, is it reliable? Just for words, or for sentences/questions too? 

I found on one site characters/pinyin for some basic phrases, but without tone marks. When I plug it in to google translate, I usually get something totally different. I'm not sure which one to trust. I realize there will be different ways to say the same thing, and I would gladly use google's translator if it's reliable.  Thanks Smile

7 years 44 weeks ago in  Teaching & Learning - Chengdu

 
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I use google & bing translator all the time.  The trick is to translate what you want into Chinese, then translate the Chinese given back into English.  If the English matches what you want to say reasonably well, then it should work out fine.

Just try to keep your sentances short and use Chinese grammar.

But if your translating phrases you find pre-made on a website, those are normally more reliable than any machine translation.

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I use google and translate it in yahoo. it usually comes out wak. My name 'Ted' said special german. If I translate back into google , it will say close to what I wrote  ( today) if I look tomorrow, it may something different, like my sister does tinsel. I use short incomplete language, like old Tarzan movie, me Tarzan, you Jane, Cheeta like China,how much boom boom. ungowwa, make short no can make wrong, yo ma

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7 years 43 weeks ago
 
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double check with mdgb dictionary. you can put in the whole chinese sentence and it brakes it down into words/phrases:

http://www.mdbg.net/chindict/chindict.php

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7 years 43 weeks ago
 
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I use QQ translator.  It is based on the google translator engine, but offers much more to help you get a better understanding of the Chinese.  If you mouse over the individual characters, it gives you literal translations and a panel on the side gives you multiple uses and meanings of the character.

try it.  http://qq.bur.st/qqtranslator.php    It's great....when it is working. Sometimes the website, like the qq spaces, is a little dicey.

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I use two or three translators; here they are:

1]  http://www.stars21.com/translator/chinese_to_english.html

2]   http://tool.nciku.com/pinyin-translator/#results

3]  Youdao dictionary

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7 years 43 weeks ago
 
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If you like Yoda-style translations it's fine. Usually it's better to do the actual translation yourself and rely on popup dictionaries or a site that lets you search entire sentences like MDGB. Their dictionary and interface is good, they even have their own popup dictionary (not free). Not sure if theirs is good or not as I use the free Firefox-plugin that does the same.

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6 years 46 weeks ago
 
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My colleagues tell me that the google translations are a little mashed to say the least.  I also use the QQ translator, mainly when using QQ itself.  It will often balk at words that are not polite, however, and sometimes it just freezes.  On the other hand, with local events here, sometimes google is not available or it is available, it is only available for limited amounts of time in one session.

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Just got my first smartphone LOL...but found a really cool app - CamDictionary, if you use Android. It translates just by pointing the phone's cam (2 characters at most). Pretty amazing smiley

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I read somewhere (I think it was BBC online but not sure) about a new app developed by the Japanese, where you (or someone else) speaks into the phone and you can then get the spoken word translated, it currently only works in about 4 or 5 languages (all into Japanese) but it is being developed to work in other languages.

I don't know how good it is, but potentially it could be the end of TEFL teachers!

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I am using Google translator sometimes when I talk to my girl. Her English is intermediate.

She's telling me very often 'translator is wrong!'

I try shorten up and rephrase English sentences, but to judge translator, my Chinese should be much better than it is.

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Its getting a lot better than it used to be.  Perhaps in another year they will have it perfected for most languages.  But Chinese is one of the most difficult languages due to the tones and multiple meanings of words. For example the Chinese word "he" has 27 meanings!

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i am using Google translator.sometimes it can not translate exactly.but most of time it can help me know what is the phrase mean.

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Google Translate is useful to a certain degree, especially if you want the pinyin.

 

When it comes to translating whole sentences, it's not so reliable. You can get really messed up sentences. But, you do get the correct pinyin (in most cases) of all the words.

 

When it comes to translating words, it is pretty handy.

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It can do short, grammatically simple sentences well but once sentences get longer and more complicated I wouldn't trust it. It's best to translate the results to make sure the meaning is correct.

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Yes it's reliable PandaHugA just make sure you type simple sentences and short one's not long ones.

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6 years 42 weeks ago
 
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I found Bing Translation more accurate than Google translate...

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I use a mix of google and baidu translate.. also I second other peoples suggestions to keep the sentences short, try to obey Chinese grammar -slightly- when writing in English (because technical grammar in English gives Chinese a headache), then translate into Chinese, then translate the Chinese back to English.. if the result in English is close to what you original input, then you're good (hopefully)

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unless you want to translate a very standard article,essay etc, which do not have any grammatical error,then the translation in your Google translate is likely to be perfect and reliable, but if your essay or article contain too many grammatical errors,then Google translate will translate it with grammatical errors too;

again, if you are trying to translate only a sentence and it's not well written in the previous language,then the chance for you to obtain the correct translation is very low,generally translating words can result very reliable.

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Don't trust Google translator! 

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6 years 16 weeks ago
 
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Not fully trustable but translate in bits and pieces then try to make sense out of everthing when you are done with the pieces 

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I like MDBG more than Google:

 

 

http://www.mdbg.net/chindict/chindict.php?page=translate

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Google translate is great & a must have but it's only great if you already know some Chinese.

 

The bottom line is many things simply don't translate properly in English to Chinese or vice versa.  Google translate will do some direct translations but that's not how translationg English/Chinese really works.

 

If you know some Chinese already than google translate will give you a good start and you can edit a few of the words manually. 

 

 

If you don't speak Chinese though and you're just looking to write out sentences in English and hope it comes out correct.... it usually won't.  People can usually get a basic understanding of what you were trying to say though even though it comes out wrong. 

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surprise No, why? It's not!

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6 years 15 weeks ago

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Old question but I guess still relevant.

 

I tend to use GT for translating messages or longer stuff that I'm too lazy to figure out myself. Just keep an open mind as to what comes back and as long as you know what context you are talking in then you should be able to decode the translation it gives you.

 

If you send a message that's been translated in GT then I recommend telling people you are using a translator, otherwise they will probably be wondering what you're talking about!

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GT seems ok for PC, Youdao is much better for mobile.

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