I hadn’t realized that Google had this service, though I’ve stumbled across the function. I’m using Google Chrome as my web browser almost exclusively, and the translation tool automatically pops up as a toolbar if you come across a page or search in a language other than English. (Or whatever you’ve chosen as your primary language, I presume.)
Playing around a bit, it looks like the kind of tool that will be very handy. It’s even got a link to listen to the correct pronunciation. Translate has also gotten me thinking about how we learn and what we’re requiring in academia. For instance, I’m interested in history (it’s my undergrad degree) and have been pondering the pursuit of further education and study in history. One of the requirements is at least reading knowledge of another language. It’s occurring to me that, with a tool like this, that requirement isn’t quite as necessary.
Granted, a person should be able to translate better than a computer…..but then again, maybe not.
In the meantime, this is a terrific tool to use with visitors from other countries, new immigrants, and folks who are simply interested in learning another language.
Essayez-le! Aller s’amuser!