Some Tricks With Google Translate

Google’s Translate App is a handy tool and is constantly being improved in both features and accuracy. There are one or two wrinkles to its use, however, that may not be immediately obvious from the interface.

Firstly, you can listen to the word or phrase being translated by clicking the loudspeaker icon (outlined in the figure below) – you probably knew this already. But did you know that clicking the icon more than once will toggle between faster and slower pronunciations? Try it.

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Where there are multiple plausible translations of a word or phrase, Translate will select one, while listing some other possibilities below the box:

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Alternatively, click on the word itself to open a drop-down selection box that not only offers you other alternatives, but also gives you the chance to improve Translate by offering your own translation using the Improve this translation option:

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(You can also get to this Improve… interface by clicking on the link labelled Wrong? in the lower right of the box).

One more tip: You can enter a full URL in the left-hand box, and the right-hand box will display a link to a translated version of the entire page:

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