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Auto translate 5 months 1 week ago #101508

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Hi All,

I am trying to work out how to use the Auto translate feature. I have done everything according to the manual.

which Google API should I be using? The Google side of things is giving me a bit of a headache.

Can anyone help?

I have 3 languages I want to translate the survey into but when I click "auto translate" nothing happens.

What AM I doing wrong.

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Auto translate 5 months 1 week ago #101516

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From what I know, the google translate api is not for free anymore:
developers.google.com/translate/
Have a look at the manual! It is a really valuable source for information. Here some helpful links:
Manual (EN) | Question Types | Question Attributes | Workarounds

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Auto translate 5 months 1 week ago #101519

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Hi Holch,

I know, I charged the Google API account with 20USD (enough for 1m characters) but I still can not get it to work. :angry:

I do not really want to manually translate all the questions if I don't need to (call me lazy if you want :P )

Any ideas?
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Auto translate 5 months 1 week ago #101520

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So, what did you do/try so far?
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Auto translate 5 months 6 days ago #101532

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To be honest, if this research is important for you, you SHOULD translate the questions by hand.

Google Translate is quite good if you need to understand a text more or less. But in research little differences in wording can make a huge difference in results. I had a case where a intern deleted a little word in a question which she considered not necessary. The research was running with the old translation for about 3-4 years already and changes over time in results were minimal. But the deletion of this little word cause an increase of 10 percentage points from one year to the other.

And not surprisingly professional translators charge about US$ 15-20 per 100 words, not 1.000.000). Don't get me wrong, I love Google Translate and it helps when you need to do some quick checks, but for our research I would never, ever depend on it. Our process is usually: professional translator translates the questionnaire in word, one of our project managers revises the translation (because even the professional translators sometimes get it wrong).
Have a look at the manual! It is a really valuable source for information. Here some helpful links:
Manual (EN) | Question Types | Question Attributes | Workarounds

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