Son Uses Google Translate for Homework
Being a mom who is a Chinese illustrate, I couldn’t help much in my son’s Chinese related subjects homework.
I was born in a Christian family, brought up in a English and Malay medium school throughout my educational years.
Hence, I do not know how to read nor write Chinese language except spoken only.
I had learned to speak Mandarin during my working years in the sales industry.
What do you do when you don’t understand a language?
- a) Look up in the dictionary
- b) Look up in Google Translate
- c) Seek older siblings help in tutoring
- d) Sign up at a tuition centre
I used ( B ) look up in Google Translate for answers.
When I flip through my son’s Chinese homework, I get dizzy.
I am looking at those Chinese strokes that are strangers to me.
I really could not even read a single word at all.
Hence, I had to depend on Google Translate to translate word by word in order to understand what are the questions stated in the homework.
Every day, my son had to use Google Translate to help out in translating his homework questions.
This is how it works:
- open up a tab of Google Translate on my Smartphone,
- instructed my son to use his little index finger to write out the Chinese word that he doesn’t understand in the small space,
- click English on the right hand box,
- press “translate”
There you go, the translation is done immediately.
The only disadvantage of Google Translate is, it doesn’t translate exactly the right word.
If you write 5-10 words in a sentence, it will directly translate word by word that sounded very weird.
Furthermore, if you translate from English to Chinese Simplified, it uses the China slang, not our local Mandarin slang.
However, you could look under the translated box for the list of possible words that are related to it.
In addition, you could press the “speaker” logo to listen the correct pronunciation.
That is how both my son and I are able to finish all his homework daily.
Otherwise, he would have to wait for daddy to come back from work which would be very late.
One year on Parents and Teachers Day, the teacher in charge was discussing with me about my son’s homework.
( The teacher knew that I am an English educated mom, totally Chinese illiterate )
She asked whether he had attended a tuition class which I said no.
Then she asked how did he managed to score good results in his exam .
I replied; “Google Translate”
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