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Google Translate Cinco de Mayo

posted May 5, 2016, 3:46 PM by Wiley Brazier, V   [ updated May 5, 2016, 3:50 PM ]
Google Translate is a powerful tool to convert text from one language to another. Normally this is done by typing or pasting in text to be translated. However, there is an option where you can speak to your computer and Google Translate will convert what it hears.
https://translate.google.com/

This would be a useful way for students to practice their pronunciation. They could speak words, phrases, or sentences in the world language, and then see how Google translates it to see if they pronounced it correctly. If not, they could simply try again to make corrections and improve their spoken fluency.

Here is how you can use the Translate feature in Google Search for your speech:
  • First run a normal Google search for the word “translate”.
  • This will bring back typical search results, but will also show Google’s Translate card at the top of the page.
  • On the left side of the tool, click the down arrow to choose the world language you will be speaking.
  • On the right side, leave the language as English (or choose your native language).
  • Now click the microphone on the left side of the tool and begin speaking.
  • On the left Google will type what it hears you say, and on the right it will translate it into your own language.
  • You can see if your pronunciation was accurate by what it types and what the translation is.