What do people use Google Translate for
4 interesting things to do with google translate
For certain languages, Google Translate is terrifyingly bad. Have you ever tried to translate from Arabic into English? You will hardly be able to understand what the English translation is saying, let alone the Arabic original. I can imagine that the case is the same for many other languages.
However, there are some languages like French where the translation is much more accurate. The translations may not necessarily be considered perfect, and for languages where dialect or formal language is a problem, Google Translate tends to get it wrong. The Google service is still very useful when translating email, forum messages, or even entire websites. But that's not all Google Translate is good for. You can push the limits of this tiny Google service and you'll be amazed at what you can get in return.
One of the funniest things Google Translate has done so far is converting it to a beatbox. First published on Reddit, the hidden feature that Google itself probably never thought was possible is the laps of the internet.
Paste the following text in Google Translate:
pv zk pv pv zk pv zk kz zk pv pv zk pv zk zk pzk pzk pvzkpvpvzk kkkkk bsch
Select German-German Translation and press Beatbox. Google has clearly embraced this discovery and replaced the list button with a beatbox button.
For the "Techno" version, select the Chinese (simplified) / Chinese (traditional) translation.
Create sound effects
After beatboxing was discovered, it wasn't long before people started looking for other interesting sounds to get out of using google translate.
To simulate the sound of a machine, an old car, or possibly even a chainsaw, paste the following text in google translate and select Croatian to Croatian.
In order to simulate the sound of a helicopter, the following text has been suggested if you select the German / German translation.
Order Indian food
According to Google's Demo Slam, a website calling for people to demonstrate how they use Google's services in their lives, two American girls were able to call an Indian restaurant and place their order in Hindi. We never know whether the video is real or not, but with a little knowledge of the language it may only be possible.
Automatically translate Twitter messages
With the fantastic Firefox add-on Greasemonkey and a small user script, you can automatically translate tweets for any foreign language on Twitter from the language in which they were originally written. This is something that is currently being rolled out to all Twitter accounts, but until then, Firefox users can take advantage of the free work.
The script has its quirks and sometimes translates English tweets if they contain a name that can be confused with a foreign language.
Chat with friends in any language
With the Google Talk chat bots, you can have any text translated instantly using Google Talk. There are two methods you can use - either add the bot to your friend's list and just enter the text you want to translate into a chat conversation with the bota.
Even more conveniently, you can add the bot to your conversation to have all the text translated immediately in the chat.
What creative uses for Google Translate can you find? Let us know in the comments.
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