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By dreamr, history, 10 months ago, In English,

Hello!

I am assuming that a majority of the users in Codeforces use Google Translate to write their blogs and comments

Why to NOT use Google Translate

Do any of you know Wikipedia?

It's a website a bunch of people all over the world contribute to educate someone on some topic. Even though the content is constantly checked or revised, there may still be some false information, which is why in most schools Wikipedia is not allowed as a proper source.

Google Translate is pretty much the same thing. Almost anyone can give a suggestion for a translation, and if the person checking likes it, then BAM!, your suggestion is the new translation.

I am not saying Google Translate is bad (I use google translate to finish my Mandarin homework), but check this out:

I translated the sentence: Codeforces is awesome by 10 different languages, and then translated it back to English.

Here's what I got:

After translating...

Yep... the translation is both terrible and inappropriate especially for someone like me who's only 13 years old.

I am not saying Google Translate is terrible... just not trustworthy. If you're translating a short sentence, like "Hi dad", then the translation will probably be correct.

Just putting this out there: Beware! Your translation may be wrong!

A picture of an example of a translation failure:

Thanks for reading, and hope you enjoyed this post!

Happy translating!

 
 
 
 
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Good quality post. Hope to see more of your blogs in the future.

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Just putting this out there: Beware! You're translation might be wrong!

Your grammar might be wrong!

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    Could you point out my mistake?

    EDIT: xd I found my mistake... thx for telling me. <3

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Ever since google translate started to use neural networks, it became really good though. I've just translated your entire blog to Russian without any big translation mistakes, so it's really OK to use it, all you gotta do is to double check after translation.

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DARK humor

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Learn english and you won't need Google Translate anymore

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    But... what if you DON'T know the language you're translating to?

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Google translate can't be used as a 100% reliable translation, but usually when I translate I can get the gist of it, even if there may be some minor issues, so I think it works great most of the time.

Why are these funny translation errors all Chinese? It's quite sad.

The first picture is just an incorrect translation of the phrase 民族, while the second is just some broken English, I'm pretty sure anyone reading will get the idea that they aren't supposed to be touching it themselves.

Either way, quite an interesting blog.

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    The real joke in the second picture is that the chinese is at a 90 degree angle.

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Why would anyone translate through 10 different languages? Your example is misleading.

Anyway if you stick to major languages Google Translate is fine.

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    I translated through ten major languages, and heres the point of doing that: My new translation should at least be similar to my original sentence. If not, then it means that at least one of the translations to a different language is messed up.

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translate task is really hard, it isn't google fault.

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    I never blamed anyone. I am just saying that Google Translate is not always reliable.

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      Yes, As I know, Google translate performance is very nice than other website.

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Auto comment: topic has been updated by dreamr (previous revision, new revision, compare).

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Plot twist: The people who translated the Chinese sentences in the photo didn't use Google translate since Google is banned in China.

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    Another plot twist: Just that there were Chinese characters doesn't mean the translation was done in China. :P

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    Anyway, translate.google.cn isn't blocked at all.

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    google translate not banned in china.

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      Some people missed the whole plot twist joke XD

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Nobody would ever write blogs with Google translates....

Literally nobody points that out

GUYS YOU ARE SCARING ME I TRUSTED ALL OF YOU

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What's the purpose of the blog? I think not to use software/websites to translate the whole article is general knowledge. For example, I usually use translate websites to look up a single word or phrase, to translate a single sentence. Then I will check the result. I don't think Google translate has any fault. Are you thinking that most people just write the whole article in their mother tongue, put it into Google translate, and copy it without verifying?

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    One of my friends copies the whole problem into google translate because he is bad at English. We learn English from the first grade. He is on the eleventh grade now. :facepalm: