Google search tips for translators

February 11, 2016
Google search tips for translators

We all use Google (or a local equivalent) to search the internet. It’s become such a part of daily life that the verb ‘to google’ has now been included in the Oxford English Dictionary, enshrining it in the English language forevermore. 

But are you getting the best out of your googling? Read our handy hints and tips for translators to be sure that you are using Google to full effect. 

Language research

Many translators use Google for language research. The array of information online can be overwhelming, so it is always best to narrow down your search so far as possible. One handy way to do this is to use double quotation marks to search for results that only contain your exact phrase. Another is to use the minus symbol to exclude a word from your search results. 

Google your way around the world

One particularly relevant tool for translators is the ability to search Google in other languages. To do this, type your search term and then add ‘inurl:’ followed by the country code. For example, to search for the word ‘cats’ on German websites, type ‘cats inurl:de’ into Google. 

Find hidden meanings

If you’re struggling with the meaning of a word, why not Google it using the image search function? Google will kindly display pictures of the word in question, helping you to establish quickly what it means. 

Hints and tips at your fingertips

There are all manner of hints and tips out there to help you become a better translator and maximise your income. We regularly add these to the Tomedes Translators’ Tips page, so be sure to check in with us regularly for the latest updates. 

Final thoughts

What are your top tips for making the most of Google? What should every translator know about googling? Share your thoughts via the comments. 

By Ofer Tirosh

Ofer Tirosh is the founder and CEO of Tomedes, a language technology and translation company that supports business growth through a range of innovative localization strategies. He has been helping companies reach their global goals since 2007.



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