How To Use A Japanese Translator App
Although language translation apps are becoming more and more advanced, they still aren’t perfect. And there are certain ways you can use them to prevent embarrassing translations and also to get the most out of your translations.
Ways To Use Your Japanese Translation App To Avoid Mistakes
- Keep it simple. Don’t type in long, complicated sentences that need translating completely. If you do this you’re setting yourself up for problems. Instead you’re more likely to have translation success if you keep it simple. Instead of a whole sentence, try using words or short simple sentences to translate. The more simple the sentence the less chance of mistake the translator will have to make.
- Give the translator some context. Some words in English can have different meanings depending on the context. With this in mind, if a word has several definitions the translator doesn’t always know which translation to choose. A way to get around this is to give your translator some context. For example if I wanted to translate the word atmosphere, my translator doesn’t know if I mean the Earth’s atmosphere or the party’s atmosphere. So when you type in atmosphere, also type in Earth atmosphere and party atmosphere to check if they have different words. Then from the context given, you’ll know which one to choose.
- Cross compare. If you really need a translation to be accurate then there’s nothing wrong with doing a cross compare. Put the same word into more than one Japanese translation app to see if each app says the same thing. That should give you a good idea of how accurate your translation is and it should also show you which translators function in the most effective manner and which translators are going to get you in trouble.
- Try more than one. Before you settle on just one Japanese translation app try a couple to see what works for you. You may find that some are easier to use or that some have better translations than others. there’s nothing wrong with shopping around before you find the translation app that works for your Japanese needs.
- Use it as a supplement to your Japanese not as a replacement. You don’t want to shove your phone in people’s faces every time you need to translate something. It’s impersonal and it won’t help with your Japanese learning. Instead use it to look up the odd word that you then add to a sentence when you try to talk to someone. You’ll have much more personal experiences and be happier with your Japanese this way.
Another question that lots of people ask when they’re deciding whether or not to download one of these apps and working out how to use one is: will a Japanese translator app help my Japanese? If used well then the answer can be yes, very much so but make sure you read our article to find out how it can help with your Japanese learning.
Now you know how to use a Japanese translator app, it’s time to find one. Don’t worry about not finding the perfect one straight away. Most of the apps currently available are free, which means you can download and delete as many as you want until you find the one that fits your needs.