Today, almost everyone knows the popular worldwide service of free translations from Google Translate. However, despite the popularity of this service in the world, not all of its functions are widely known.
According to the Google itself more than 600 million people use the service everyday and it translates more than 100 billion words per day.
When the service was just created, it simply provided the translation of the requested word. Now you can see a few short examples of using the word in context, as in professional dictionaries, such as Urban Dictionary and Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Slang.
In addition to the classical translation, several unusual functions were added, which can be useful in difficult situations and for people with disabilities. Among the most unexpected functions there are sound effects and visual translation using the camera phone.
The sound effect function has several secrets, which can be read in the description of using an Internet-translator. So, if you put several “k” letters in a row into the source language section, select German as the source language and click on “Listen”, you can hear the sound of the helicopter. You can also feel at the wheel of a car or at a party (for this purpose, beatbox sounds are provided). To play this sound, set the translation from German to German and enter the following sequence of letters: “pv zk pv pv zk pv zk kz zk pv pv pv zk pv zk zk pzk pzk pvzkpkzvpvzk kkkkkk bsch.” In addition to these, some other sounds were added, such as the saw’s working, the machine’s starting motor, etc.
The visual translation function can be especially useful when there is no time to type text, hands are busy or other uncomfortable moments.
All machine translators become more powerful and accurate not only within updating the technology they are running on, but also because of the amount of text they’ve already translated. Thus the more someone uses the translator to translate different texts with various patterns the better translation it will provide in the future. And Google Translate has no equal at this point. The Bible was translated into almost each language at least once with the help of this tool. So many United Nations and European Union documents, books and works of European writes as well and this is the reason why it so good at translating European languages.
Google Translate also provides the ability to translate websites. By simple settings you can integrate the language switcher on your website. Google will identify those users who has default foreign language in their browsers and will show your site in the search results if it contains information that relevant to the user’s request. It will be visible on your site which service perform the translation and the site’s address will be third-party, not your direct at this moment. It is also possible to set the language button when the user accesses the page of your site in the original language, and then use the translation function later if he wants.