How Online Translation Tools Are Now Being Used

Any language teacher knows that online translation tools can be a double edged sword. The technology that enables students to quickly and easily look up a word or phrase can suddenly turn into a tool they use to try to translate entire papers for them. Double edged sword aside, online and mobile translation tools have come a long way, and are being used more than ever, especially with the availability of mobile technology. Check out the handy infographic below to learn about some of the trends in online translation tools.

Did You Know?

  • 80% of users use a computer (as opposed to a mobile device) to use their translation tool
  • 60% of translation-seekers are female
  • 50% of users access online translation tools two times or more per week
  • 45% of translations are between 3-10 words
  • Over 50,000 idioms have been added by users – into only this one tool. What do you think about crowdsourced colloquial translations?

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1 Comment


    May 21, 2013 at 8:55 am

    It’s an interesting infographic but one thing puzzles me. Why does the main image show a respectably dressed, professional man and a short-skirted slightly provocatively posed young woman? What is this supposed to represent?