Don’t use Google translate for your foreign language homework. Period. Sure, if you’re just looking for the general idea of a passage of foreign language text, this tool is nifty. However, translation is one area where it is best not to succumb to our robot overlords.
Translation technology has yet to surpass the skills of actual human translators with their years of study of grammar and syntax and how one language’s idioms translate into another’s.
Case in point: This video from CDZA takes the text from The Fresh Prince of Bel Air’s theme song and runs it through all languages on Google translate and then back into English. Hilarity ensues.
Still, it’s amazing that we have come as far as we have with computer translations. Here is a video by Google that explains how its translation program works.
If all else fails, you can fake your way through translation like British comedian Catherine Tate does in this video.
Or maybe not.