Google Translate has turned on up-to-date features for all users, making it even more convenient and multifaceted to use and easier to guess for accurate translation.
Anyone who has read the essential work “The Galaxy Guide for Hitchhikers” by Douglas Adams must know the Babel fish. The fictional creature lives in a person’s ear and feeds on brain waves, and the side effect of its parasitism is that it transmits the spoken text from any language to its master’s language.
While we’re not close to a solution of this level, Google Translate has been around for a long time and helps people who don’t know a language at all, but it’s also good for you to get stuck with an expression while translating from your wellhead.
Of course, languages are more complicated in terms of, for example, style or meaning nuances, and this “human factor” is not always handled well by the software. Still, with new options, we get even closer to perfection.
Some of the new features that have just been released have already been available for some users as a live test, but now they can be used by everyone, and it is worth paying attention to them.
The image shows the version that can be used in the desktop browser, accessed at translate.google.com. Here we marked the basic service with point 1, which is probably already known to many people: enter the word or phrase you are looking for to the left, and on the right, you will see a counterpart translated into the selected language. Some may still not know, but if you copy the title of a website rather than a word to the left, Google Translate will translate it all while keeping the page structure approximate. However, there are quite a few novelties. Let’s look at these!
In the area indicated by number 2, you can get detailed help with the given word. On the one hand, we can see the original word’s meaning in a sentence. Below it, we can see synonyms, which on the one hand, can also help us understand the term (if we already know more of the above) and help us avoid word repetitions in a more demanding way.
If a word can occur in multiple roles, such as nouns and verbs, you can break them down into a detailed analysis and a list of words with similar meanings.
Section 3 can further refine our results and thus our vocabulary. It shows the peers of the translated word to the same sense and uses a field of three to indicate how often the term is used in the language you are looking for. This way, you can translate more colorfully and assortedly, but you can avoid leaving outdated words rarely used in the text.
Finally, next to number 4, you’ll see a new button that opens a new window where you can upload entire documents. Currently, you can use files with .doc, .docx, .odf, .pdf, .ppt, .pptx, .ps, .rtf, .txt, .xls, and .xlsx extensions.
We’ve also glanced at how well documents are formatted, and it’s doing pretty well. Okay, he shot a little bit with the dog gum and the baker’s shovel, but we were going to go for it in the text, and we were talking about examples like this before when we talked about the human factor of translation.
In any case, you can see that Google Translate is heading in a pretty good direction, which of course, we still don’t leave blindly important texts to, but as a help, it has become more diverse and convenient. The mobile app version of the service did not include all the changes at the time of the article (we have not yet found the translation of documents and the frequency of words, but the detailed explanatory and thesaurus lister is now available).