Okay, so this is not the most Earth shattering, astounding writing tool of all time. But here’s the thing. I used it on a daily bases when writing the first draft of Broken Patterns, my fantasy novel. Literally every single day. So, I wouldn’t feel good about myself if I didn’t at least pass the information along. Especially because there are a lot of ways to use Google translate that you might not have realized.
First off, of course,
You can always use the tool for it’s actual intention. I used it to translate text into another language because, quite frankly, I had a character that spoke Russian, and I don’t speak that. I did double check the phrase I was using on other places just to be sure, but I got the original interpretation from Google translate.
In one of the countries in my novel, I decided to give the nobility Latin names. This was a lot of fun, and I came up with a ton of really cool sounding names. Like Fidas, which means loyal.
Sound it out
This will say the word out loud to you, so you know if your pronouncing it right.
Google translate also has a dictionary and thesaurus built in. I like any tool that means I don’t need several sites open when I’m writing.
Use it while reading
I don’t speak any other languages, unless we’re counting Pittsburgese, (Yin’s heading over to Souside?). So, if I run into a passage of a book I’m reading, I’ll type it into Google Translate.
Basically, I’d look at Google Translate like you would a screwdriver. You need it, and you need to know how to use it, because it’s a fact of life that you are going to need it.
Have you thought of any fun ways to use Google Translate? Let me know in the comments below.