Google Translate Asks You to "Suggest a Better Translation"

Dec 4, 2007 • 7:33 am | comments (11) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Other Google Topics
 

Go to this translated page by Google. Now, mouse over some of the words in the middle of the page. Up comes a dialog box that offers the original, untranslated, version of the text, with an option to "suggest a better translation."

Here is a screen capture: Suggest a Google Translation

Clicking on the plus sign opens up a dialog box for you to change Google's translation to your own translation: Suggest a Google Translation

Click on the "contribute" button to send and Google says:

Thank you for contributing your translation suggestion to Google Translate.

This is not a new feature, Google announced it back in March. Google said they used your suggestions to "improve translation quality in future updates to our service." But it does seem that Google has expanded this feature to more languages outside of the official launch.

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Comments:

bondar

12/04/2007 01:49 pm

This feature exists from the very begining of Google Translate Service. Why not write about somthing up-to-date?

Barry Schwartz

12/04/2007 02:16 pm

Wow, Thanks for such a nice comment bondar. Over 6,500 articles and not one thank you - but one older story as a follow up and bam - you feel like commenting.... Did you read what I wrote? "This is not a new feature, Google announced it back in March. Google said they used your suggestions to "improve translation quality in future updates to our service." But it does seem that Google has expanded this feature to more languages outside of the official launch." They added more languages, specifically German, to this feature.

bondar

12/04/2007 02:26 pm

Barry, sorry for this little stupid comment. I noticed your remark just after commenting :)

Barry Schwartz

12/04/2007 02:43 pm

Thanks Bondar. I appreciate your reply.

No Name

12/04/2007 07:03 pm

Another way Google gets people to spend their time improving ITS offering - haha. Wow, Barry. Has it really been 6,500 articles? Way to go!

monica

01/18/2008 11:10 am

I hate them with a passion!!!! They get in the way when trying to read. My suggestion is always something along the lines of "get rid of these annoyances".

lili

05/06/2010 11:22 am

Persian Gulf = خلیج فارس!!Don't change the meaning plz! it has been persian gulf for more than thousand years .DO NOT CHANGE IT!

Mike

09/27/2010 11:10 am

I submitted a correction of a sentence translated by Google Translate, and it said, Thanks Bye! If they are not going to display them, even as alternates, who's going to spend time submitting alternate translations!

Ole Germer

02/26/2013 11:14 am

The suggested ‘improvements to translations’ is not very user friendly. I want to translate a Danish colloquialism ‘Vi er faldet over’ to ‘We have found’ yet it does not take.

Shawn Chong

04/01/2013 03:50 pm

Google Translate has been asking me to help with translations a lot lately... but the PROBLEM I HAVE is that I use Traditional Chinese, and they're always shoving Simplified Chinese down my throat. C'mon, Google! I'd be happier to help out more if I could actually easily read what I was supposed to help with...

Sharonie2

11/25/2013 11:18 am

I agree completely - Its driving me nuts too!

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