How to Edit Translations with Google Translator Toolkit

By James T. Cains

When you upload documents into Google Translator Toolkit, Google translates the documents for you. Google has a pretty good reputation for translation, but it’s not perfect, and you may want to edit the translated documents if you don’t agree with Google’s translations.

First, go to translate.google.com and click Translator Toolkit at the bottom of the page. You have to log in to your Google Account. After you see your Translator Toolkit, find the translation you want to edit and click it. You see the translation editor screen, with the original text and the translation next to it (see Figure 1). At the right, you can click each line of the translation to manually edit that line.

Figure 1: The translation editor screen.

Figure 1: The translation editor screen.

Here are some of the things you can do within the Translation Toolkit:

  • Menu bar: The File, Edit, View, and Help menu bar contains basic functions for saving, downloading, sharing, spell checking, and finding help for the application.

  • Transliteration drop-down menu: You can choose an alternate method of inputting text, such as a French keyboard, French handwriting, or a U.S international keyboard.

  • Comments: Click the Comments button to add notes to your translation.

  • Show toolkit: Click the Show Toolkit button to show the translation search options at the bottom of the page. You can do either automatic or custom searches for different translations:

    • Automatic: Google automatically searches for alternate translations and offers suggestions.

    • Custom: If you’re translating a difficult word and you want to make sure it’s correct, you may want to custom search to make sure your translation is consistent with other translations.

  • Save: Click Save to save your work periodically.

  • Complete: Click the Complete button when you’re finished with a translation.