How to Use Google Translate

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There’s a whole world of information out there on the internet, but a vast majority of it is probably in a language you don’t understand. That’s where Google Translate comes in. You can use it to translate a small amount of text, or translate entire websites. You can even use it to potentially bypass blocks on YouTube and other sites.

Translating a Block of Text

1. Open the Google Translate website. You can access it at translate.google.com

  • Google Translate is not a perfect translator. Oftentimes the structure of the sentence will not translate properly, making it odd or incorrect in the other language. Google Translate should be used as a guide to get the basic concepts of a piece, not as an accurate translation.
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2. Copy the text that you want translated. You can copy text from any source, including documents and other websites. You can also type the text in yourself.

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3. Paste or type the text you want translated into the left field on the Google Translate page. 

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4. Click the “Handwriting” button to draw characters. It looks like a pencil at the bottom of the text field. This is especially useful for non-Latin languages.

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5. Select the language of the pasted text if Google translate does not automatically detect the right language. You can click the “▼” button to see all of the available languages.

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6. Click the “Ä” button to display the text in Latin characters. This is especially useful for non-Latin languages such as Japanese or Arabic.

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7. Click the “Listen” button to hear the pasted text spoken. This can be useful for learning proper pronunciation.

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8. Look at the translated text in the right text field. By default, Google will translate into whatever your personal language is. You can select different languages using the buttons above the field.

  • If the translation didn’t happen automatically, click the “Translate” button.


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9. Save a translation to your Phrasebook. Your Phrasebook is a collection of translations that you’ve saved for later use. You can access your Phrasebook by clicking the Phrasebook button above the right field.

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10. Click the “Listen” button beneath the translation to hear it spoken.

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11. Correct a translation if you notice an error. Click the “Wrong?” button if you spot an error. Make the correction and click the “Contribute” button, and your correction may be implemented into Google Translate.

Translating a Website

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  1. Open the Google Translate website. You can access it at translate.google.com
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2. Copy the full URL of the website you want to translate. The URL is the address, and can be found in the address bar. Make sure to copy the whole thing.

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3. Paste the URL into the left field of Google Translate.

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4. Select the website’s language from the buttons at the top. Google Translate doesn’t always automatically detect website languages very well, so manually choose the website’s language. You can see all the available languages by clicking the “▼” button

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5. Select the language you want the page translated into. By default, Google will translate into whatever your personal language is. You can select different languages using the buttons above the field.

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6. Switch the translation language by using the buttons at the top of the page. You can translate into any of the languages that Google Translate supports.

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7. Click the link in the right field to open the translated page. Google Translate will attempt to translate the text on the page, but it may not be able to translate everything. It also will not translate any text in images.

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8. Click the “Original” button to switch back to the original page. You can use this to quickly switch back and forth.

Using the Mobile App

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1. Download the Google Translate app. You can get it for free from your mobile device’s app store.

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2. Decide how you want to input text. There are several ways you can enter something to be translated:

  • Type – Touch the field to type in text to be translated. You will see the translation appear as you type.
  • Camera – Tap the Camera button to take a picture of text to be translated. Google Translate will attempt to scan the text and then translate it, so make sure you hold your camera steady.
  • Speech – Tap the Microphone button to speak a phrase that you want translated.
  • Handwriting – Tap the Squiggle button to draw characters with your finger. This is useful for non-Latin characters.
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3. Accept a translation. After entering your text to be translated, you’ll see the result appear. Tap the “→” button to load the translation in the main interface. You’ll see the Latin characters if applicable, and you can tap the Star to add the translation to your Phrasebook.

  • A Dictionary card will appear for most phrases as well.

Bypassing Blocks on YouTube

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1. Open the Google Translate website. You can access it at translate.google.com

  • The Google Translate website opens YouTube inside of the Google Translate site, potentially allowing you to access YouTube if it’s been blocked. This may work with other blocked sites as well, but the connection is not a secured one.
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2. Paste the URL for the YouTube video that you want to see in the left frame.

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3. Select any language from the list of available languages except “Detect language”. It won’t load if you select “Detect language”.

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4. Select a different language for the right text field. The language you pick won’t affect the video at all, but picking the same language as you did in the previous step will result in an error.

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5. Click the link in the right field to load the video. The comments may end up in the wrong language, but you should be able to load the video just fine.

References

  1.  https://support.google.com/translate/answer/2534527?hl=en