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Missionary Geek

Google TranslateGoogle now has 58 languages in their Google Translate engine. This includes their newest language, which is actually a very old language, Latin. Here are 5 ways that all those languages in Google Translate can be helpful to the missionary.

1. Quick and easy translation
If you have text that you need translated you can simply type or paste the text into the translation box at Google Translate. It will attempt to choose the proper source language and translate it into your current language as determined by your Google preference settings. You can also manually choose the languages to translate from and to.

2. Translate a whole web page
You can copy and paste just the text from a website into the translation box. However to get the whole site translated type the web address of a page into the translation box and Google will present a translated copy of the page. The added advantage of translating the whole page by entering the URL is that it continues to translate any links you click on from that site.

3. Bi-lingual dictionary
Typing in a word or phrase will give you an immediate list of possible translations.

4. Detailed word usage
After looking up a word or phrase you are able to click a link that says “View detailed dictionary” to get more information on how the word can be used. Apparently this is only for some languages. The detailed dictionary worked for me when translating from Spanish to English but not from Galician to English.

5. Add Google Translate to your own site
Google has also provided tools that helps you offer instant translation of your site for your visitors. By adding a little code to your website your visitors can choose any of the optional languages to translate your site into.

Google Translate is not a perfect translation. It is using machine translation that is getting better and better over time. They have a video that explains how the translation works at Google compared to other machine translation services.

TIP: To quickly go to a Google tool or service you can type the service name and then .google.com. Google Translate is at translate.google.com and Gmail is at gmail.google.com. They will redirect you to the real URL but you can easily get to most Google tools just by knowing the service name.

How do you use Google Translate on the mission field?

About the author

David is a missionary working with the Deaf. His focus is helping churches in Latin America start ministries for the Deaf in their communities. He currently lives with his wife and kids in Mérida, México. David also serves as the Director of Deaf Ministries for his mission board, Baptist International Outreach.

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