As technology grows, it transforms more than just the mobile and technical landscapes. It also translates multiple other areas of life as well. Travel is one area where the advancements of technology can be seen, allowing for access to instantaneous information in just seconds after the request is made. Another area that technology is showing its impact is in the area of education. There are both good and bad attributes and aspects of technology when it comes to education. The following focuses on one application that shows this juxtaposition, known as Google Translate. First, though, a brief explanation of the application is expounded upon.
What is Google Translate?
Google Translate is a technological resource, accessed through the internet, that offers individuals the chance to instantly benefit from translation materials. A document or words are entered into the dialogue box where it is then translated into a different language. Google Translate works by searching through hundreds of different documents from across the internet and pulling from multiple different sources in order to use the context of the information and provide an accurate translation. The result is a document that is a great attempt at the most accurate of translation. For example, a language can be changed from French to English and then back to French again with just the click of a few buttons. The translator is available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week and can be accessed via an internet connection to the site. For this reason, Google Translate is a popular option in home and mobile translation needs.
There are many different benefits to using Google Translate. Among them is the access that it provides users. Individuals who have an internet connection and can access Google Translate via their computer are ready to begin working their translations. Mobile applications for phones and cellular devices are also available, furthering the accessibility of the device. There is also the fact that individuals who use this application find that they can have access to more than fifty languages from which to make their translation. Included are Western, Eastern, and African languages as well. This allows for great options in untraditional translations as well.
As with any piece of technology or an application, there are also reasons for concern. First, and foremost, the use of Google Translate may be too easily accessed instead of really learning a language. An individual that has access to the translator may not put in the time or effort, to fully absorb the language. This can be a detriment, especially when it comes to high school students or those attending classes who may rely too much on this device. Further, Google Translate offers individuals the chance to translate without a full grasp of what is being presented before them. The result is a lack of true understanding if the translation is correct and whether or not the words are in the correct order. For that reason, this can be a drawback of this translation device and one that impacts language education.