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Google Updates Translate with Synonyms, Reverse Translation and More

by Todd Haselton | October 31, 2012October 31, 2012 9:00 pm PST

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I love Google Translate.

When I travel to foreign countries I always use it to communicate with cab drivers, the wait staff and dozens of other people. If you like Google Translate as much as I do than I have great news: Google announced today that it has been updated with several new and useful features, including support for synonyms, reverse translation and “frequencies.”

The synonyms feature only works for translating into English right now, but the website will now show groups of synonymous translation for viewing a “cluster of related words.” The Frequencies feature shows how common, rare or uncommon a translation is that’s calculated on how many times other people have searched for the same translation. “The rarest translations are hidden by default,” Google said, and this should help you find the most accurate translation that you’re looking for. Reverse translations allow you to translate back into the original language, so that you can distinguish “different meanings and reveal subtle differences among similar words.”

The new features are live on Google Translate now.

[via Google]


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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