How accurate is Google translate?
By guest, Mar 16 2016 01:30PM
We recently had an enquiry about our marketing services from a German business which got us thinking about translating our website into German. Of couse this would ultimately require professional translation services by someone who is fluent in both English and German. Meanwhile we thought we’d have a bit of fun and test “Google Translate”.
Google Translate is a free online translation tool but how accurate is it really? Here’s an honest appraisal from a German friend:
“I just looked at the Google “translation” and I wouldn’t know where to start with the necessary corrections. Because it is translated word-for-word some of the sentences turn into a completely different meaning. German is quite a complicated language with upper and lower cases, with three different articles in front of a noun (like three different 'THE' forms for masculine, feminine and neutral nouns), each with different endings on each verb. And of course it has a completely different grammar than in English, in the way in which you put the sentences together. That is why a word-by-word Google translation shows up so much nonsense.”
Well, the verdict is clear in this instance; language is a complexity that Google can’t really interpret. What it can do is probably give you a good indication of what a single word might mean, and a very rough guess at what a sentence could mean (out of context of course).
We've picked 3 of the world's most popular languages. Click on the links below to view Google’s free online translations of our website. If you have a minute to spare, try to translate the paragraph copied below each link and give us your re-translated version of it:
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