The Reading / Listening - Google Translate - Level 6

Google Translate has added 24 languages to its translation service, bringing the total number to 133. For many of us, Translate is an indispensable tool. It provides a convenient, accurate and quick way of comprehending vocabulary and texts in other languages. The 24 new languages are spoken by more than 300 million people worldwide. Among them are the indigenous Aymara, Guarani and Quechua languages of the Americas. Google rolled out its first translation service in 2006 and has continually added to its repository. Google said it still has a way to go to be more comprehensive. There are around 7,000 languages worldwide that Translate doesn't provide support for.

Translate needs to analyze a large range of linguistic data to be able to support a language. Isaac Caswell, a Google Translate scientist, told journalists about how advances in technology have facilitated adding the new languages. He said: "Up until a couple of years ago, it simply was not technologically possible to add languages like these, which are what we call a low resource – meaning that there are not very many text resources out there for them." He explained that Google aspires to support languages used by large populations. One of these is Lingala, spoken by 45 million people across Central Africa. It also wants to render assistance for indigenous languages that are often overlooked by technology.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Google Translate - Level 4  or  Google Translate - Level 5

Sources
  • https://techcrunch.com/2022/05/11/google-translate-adds-24-new-languages-including-its-first-indigenous-languages-of-the-americas/
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-61416757
  • https://www.engadget.com/google-translate-24-language-expansion-171810853.html


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice activities, drag and drop activities, sentence jumbles, which word activities, text reconstructions, spelling, gap fills and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)

Warm-ups

1. GOOGLE TRANSLATE: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about Google Translate. Change partners often and share your findings.
2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?
       Google / translate / number / tool / vocabulary / texts / languages / indigenous / first
       linguistic / data / scientist / technology / resource / population  Central Africa
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. ONE LANGUAGE: Students A strongly believe there should be one world language; Students B strongly believe this is a bad idea. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. GOOGLE: What do you think of these services from Google? How could they be improved? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

What I Think

Improvements

Translate

 

 

Search

 

 

Mail

 

 

Play

 

 

YouTube

 

 

Chat

 

 

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ESL resource book with copiable worksheets and handouts - 1,000 Ideas and Activities for Language Teachers / English teachers
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5. INDIGENOUS: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "indigenous". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. LANGUAGES: Rank these with your partner. Put the best at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • English
  • Arabic
  • Cantonese
  • Swahili
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese
  • Hindi

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. indispensable a. Originating or occurring naturally in a particular place; native.
      2. convenient b. Providing a faithful representation of something.
      3. accurate c. Involving little trouble or effort.
      4. comprehending d. Started to introduce something new.
      5. indigenous e. Absolutely necessary.
      6. repository f. Grasping mentally; understanding.
      7. rolled out g. A place where or receptacle in which things are or may be stored.

    Paragraph 2

      8. range h. Made an action or process easy or easier.
      9. linguistic i. Failed to notice.
      10. advance j. Direct one's hopes or ambitions towards achieving something.
      11. facilitated k. Relating to language.
      12. aspire l. Provide or give a service, help, etc.
      13. render m. The area covered by or included in something.
      14. overlooked n. A development or improvement.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if 1-8 below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. There are now 157 languages on Google Translate.     T / F
  2. Fewer than 300 million people speak the new languages.     T / F
  3. The article mentions three indigenous languages from the Americas.     T / F
  4. There are about 7,000 languages that are not on Translate.     T / F
  5. Translate needs a lot of data about language to support a language.     T / F
  6. Translate said technology has meant it can translate more languages.     T / F
  7. There aren't enough resources out there to support some languages.     T / F
  8. Google said it has no plans to support more indigenous languages.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. indispensable
  2. indigenous
  3. rolled out
  4. comprehensive
  5. support
  6. analyze
  7. facilitated
  8. aspires
  9. render
  10. overlooked
  1. examine
  2. made it possible
  3. assistance
  4. native
  5. missed
  6. launched
  7. give
  8. complete
  9. aims
  10. essential

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. Translate is
  2. a convenient, accurate
  3. Among them
  4. Google rolled out its first
  5. Google said it still has
  6. analyze a large range
  7. advances
  8. Up until
  9. support languages used
  10. languages that are often overlooked
  1. of linguistic data
  2. translation service
  3. by technology
  4. and quick way
  5. a couple of years ago
  6. a way to go
  7. an indispensable tool
  8. by large populations
  9. in technology
  10. are the indigenous Aymara

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
tool
indigenous
provide
service
repository
total
texts
first

Google Translate has added 24 languages to its translation (1) _____________________, bringing the (2) _____________________ number to 133. For many of us, Translate is an indispensable (3) _____________________. It provides a convenient, accurate and quick way of comprehending vocabulary and (4) _____________________ in other languages. The 24 new languages are spoken by more than 300 million people worldwide. Among them are the (5) _____________________ Aymara, Guarani and Quechua languages of the Americas. Google rolled out its (6) _____________________ translation service in 2006 and has continually added to its (7) _____________________. Google said it still has a way to go to be more comprehensive. There are around 7,000 languages worldwide that Translate doesn't (8) _____________________ support for.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
low
advances
across
out
render
range
simply
aspires

Translate needs to analyze a large (9) _____________________ of linguistic data to be able to support a language. Isaac Caswell, a Google Translate scientist, told journalists about how (10) _____________________ in technology have facilitated adding the new languages. He said: "Up until a couple of years ago, it (11) _____________________ was not technologically possible to add languages like these, which are what we call a (12) _____________________ resource - meaning that there are not very many text resources (13) _____________________ there for them." He explained that Google (14) _____________________ to support languages used by large populations. One of these is Lingala, spoken by 45 million people (15) _____________________ Central Africa. It also wants to (16) _____________________ assistance for indigenous languages that are often overlooked by technology.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  Google Translate has added 24 languages to ______
     a.  its translated service
     b.  its translation serviced
     c.  its translation service
     d.  this translation service
2)  For many of us, Translate is ______
     a.  an indispensable stool
     b.  an indispensable tool
     c.  an indispensable tools
     d.  an indispensable stools
3)  a convenient, accurate and quick way of comprehending ______
     a.  vocabularies and text
     b.  vocabulary end texts
     c.  vocabulary and texts
     d.  vocabulary end text
4)  300 million people worldwide. Among them are ______
     a.  the androgynous Aymara
     b. the indigo nous Aymara
     c.  the ingenious Aymara
     d.  the indigenous Aymara
5)  Google said it still has a ______
     a.  ways to go
     b.  way to come
     c.  wait too go
     d.  way to go

6)  analyze a large range of linguistic data to be able to ______
     a.  supplant a language
     b.  sport a language
     c.  suppose a language
     d.  support a language
7) possible to add languages like these, which are what we call ______
     a.  allow resource
     b.  a low resource
     c.  a law resource
     d.  arrow resource
8)  He explained that Google aspires to support languages used ______
     a.  by large populations
     b.  by large proportions
     c.  by large populated
     d.  by large population
9)  One of these is Lingala, spoken by 45 million people ______
     a.  across Centrally Africa
     b.  across centre Africa
     c.  across Central Africa
     d.  across Centrality Africa
10)  render assistance for indigenous languages that ______
     a.  are often under looked
     b.  are often overlooked
     c.  are often overbooked
     d.  are often overly looked

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Google Translate has added 24 languages (1) ____________________ service, bringing the total number to 133. For many of us, Translate is an indispensable tool. It (2) ____________________, accurate and quick way of comprehending vocabulary and (3) ____________________ languages. The 24 new languages are spoken by more than 300 million people worldwide. Among them are the indigenous Aymara, Guarani and Quechua languages of the Americas. Google (4) ____________________ first translation service in 2006 and has continually added (5) ____________________. Google said it still has a way to go to be more comprehensive. There are around 7,000 languages worldwide that Translate doesn't (6) ____________________.

Translate needs to analyze a large range (7) ____________________ to be able to support a language. Isaac Caswell, a Google Translate scientist, told journalists about (8) ____________________ technology have facilitated adding the new languages. He said: "Up until a couple of years ago, it simply was not technologically (9) ____________________ languages like these, which are what we call a low resource - meaning that there are not very (10) ____________________ out there for them." He explained that Google aspires to support languages used by large populations. One of these is Lingala, spoken by 45 million people across Central Africa. It also wants (11) ____________________ for indigenous languages that are (12) ____________________ technology.

Comprehension questions

  1. How many languages are now on Google Translate?
  2. How many people speak the languages recently added to Translate?
  3. How many indigenous languages of the Americas were mentioned?
  4. When did Google Translate start?
  5. How many languages does Google Translate not translate?
  6. What does Google need to support a language?
  7. What has facilitated the addition of the new languages?
  8. What do "low resource" languages not have many of?
  9. What language is spoken by 45 million people across Central Africa?
  10. What does Google say are often overlooked by technology?

Multiple choice quiz

1)  How many languages are now on Google Translate?
a) 134
b) 133
c) 132
d) 131
2) How many people speak the languages recently added to Translate?
a) over 380 million
b) over 360 million
c) over 330 million
d) over 300 million
3) How many indigenous languages of the Americas were mentioned?
a) 2
b) 5
c) 3
d) 4
4) When did Google Translate start?
a) 2006
b) 2008
c) 2007
d) 2004

5) How many languages does Google Translate not translate?
a) exactly 7,000
b) around 7,000
c) fewer than 7,000
d) over 7,000

6) What does Google need to support a language?
a) linguistic data
b) permission
c) words
d) extra storage
7) What has facilitated the addition of the new languages?
a) business
b) neurological research
c) advances in technology
d) demand
8) What do "low resource" languages not have many of?
a) text resources
b) audio files
c) words
d) idioms
9) What language is spoken by 45 million people across Central Africa?
a) French
b) English
c) Arabic
d) Lingala
10) What does Google say are often overlooked by technology?
a) native speakers
b) computers
c) indigenous languages
d) extinct languages

Role play

Role  A – English
You think English is the best language. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their languages aren't as good. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why): Arabic, Cantonese or Hindi.

Role  B – Arabic
You think Arabic is the best language. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their languages aren't as good. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why): English, Cantonese or Hindi.

Role  C – Cantonese
You think Cantonese is the best language. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their languages aren't as good. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why): Arabic, English or Hindi.

Role  D – Hindi
You think Hindi is the best language. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their languages aren't as good. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why): Arabic, Cantonese or English.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'Google'

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  • and 'translate'.

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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • total
    • quick
    • 300
    • rolled
    • 2006
    • 7,000
    • range
    • advances
    • couple
    • aspires
    • 45
    • overlooked

    Student survey

    Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

    (Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

    Discussion - Google Translate

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'Google'?
    3. What do you think of Google Translate?
    4. How often do you need to translate things?
    5. Do you ever translate things into English?
    6. How many languages do you know?
    7. How difficult is it to learn a new language?
    8. Are translations of vocabulary always accurate?
    9. What do you think of the idea of having one global language?
    10. How important is your language to you?

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'translate'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. How good do you think Google Translate is?
    5. Would you be a good translator?
    6. How important is it to protect indigenous languages?
    7. What new languages would you like to learn?
    8. What would life be like if all language was translated immediately?
    9. What will Google Translate be like in 20 years from now?
    10. What questions would you like to ask Google?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________

    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    Google Translate has added 24 languages to its translation service, bringing the total number to 133. For many of (1) ____, Translate is an indispensable tool. It provides a convenient, (2) ____ and quick way of comprehending vocabulary and texts in other languages. The 24 new languages are spoken (3) ____ more than 300 million people worldwide. Among them are the (4) ____ Aymara, Guarani and Quechua languages of the Americas. Google rolled out its first translation service in 2006 and has continually added to its (5) ____. Google said it still has a way to go to be more (6) ____. There are around 7,000 languages worldwide that Translate doesn't provide support for.

    Translate needs to analyze a large (7) ____ of linguistic data to be able to support a language. Isaac Caswell, a Google Translate scientist, told journalists about how advances (8) ____ technology have facilitated adding the new languages. He said: "Up until a (9) ____ of years ago, it simply was not technologically possible to add languages like these, which are what we call a low resource - meaning that there are not very many text resources out there for them." He explained that Google (10) ____ to support languages used by large populations. One of these is Lingala, spoken (11) ____ 45 million people across Central Africa. It also wants to render assistance for indigenous languages that are often (12) ____ by technology.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     us     (b)     them     (c)     they     (d)     we    
    2. (a)     calculate     (b)     captivate     (c)     accurate     (d)     acculturate    
    3. (a)     to     (b)     between     (c)     by     (d)     of    
    4. (a)     indignant     (b)     indigestion     (c)     indigo     (d)     indigenous     
    5. (a)     reposition     (b)     reposting     (c)     repository     (d)     repost    
    6. (a)     reprehensive     (b)     comprehensive     (c)     adhesive     (d)     submissive    
    7. (a)     grange     (b)     range     (c)     arrange     (d)     derange    
    8. (a)     to     (b)     in     (c)     at     (d)     on    
    9. (a)     few     (b)     numerous     (c)     couple     (d)     several    
    10. (a)     inspires     (b)     spires     (c)     perspires     (d)     aspires    
    11. (a)     at     (b)     to     (c)     of     (d)     by    
    12. (a)     overdone     (b)     overlay     (c)     overly     (d)     overlooked

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

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    (...)  Translate needs to analyze a large range of linguistic data to be able to support a
    (...)  resource - meaning that there are not very many text resources out there for them." He explained
    1  ) Google Translate has added 24 languages to its translation service, bringing the total number to 133. For many of
    (...)  in 2006 and has continually added to its repository. Google said it still has a way to go to be more
    (...)  in technology have facilitated adding the new languages. He said: "Up until a couple of years
    (...)  and Quechua languages of the Americas. Google rolled out its first translation service
    (...)  Central Africa. It also wants to render assistance for indigenous languages that are often overlooked by technology.
    (...)  language. Isaac Caswell, a Google Translate scientist, told journalists about how advances
    (...)  us, Translate is an indispensable tool. It provides a convenient, accurate and quick way
    (...)  by more than 300 million people worldwide. Among them are the indigenous Aymara, Guarani
    (...)  that Google aspires to support languages used by large populations. One of these is Lingala, spoken by 45 million people across
    (...)  of comprehending vocabulary and texts in other languages. The 24 new languages are spoken
    (...)  ago, it simply was not technologically possible to add languages like these, which are what we call a low

    Put the words in the right order

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    2. of   quick   accurate   and   way   An   comprehending   vocabulary   .
    3. more   Spoken   million   worldwide   .   people   300   by   than
    4. out   rolled   Google   translation   its   service   .   first
    5. It   a   way   has   still   go   .   to
    6. linguistic   range   of   analyzes   large   data   .   Translate   a
    7. in   adding  facilitated   have   technology   languages  .  Advances  new
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    9. populations   .   Google   large   used   languages   supports   by
    10. are   languages   technology  .  often  by   that  overlooked   Indigenous

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

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    Translate needs to analyze a large range of / to linguistic data to be able to support a language. Isaac Caswell, a Google Translate scientist, told journalists about how advance / advances in technology have facilitated adding the new languages. He said: "Up until a few / couple of years ago, it simply was not technologically possibility / possible to add languages like these, which are what we call a low / lowly resource - meaning that there are not very many text resources out / up there for them." He explained that Google aspires / inspires to support languages used by large populations / population. One of these is Lingala, spoken by 45 million people across Central Africa. It also wants to tender / render assistance for indigenous languages that are often overlooked on / by technology.

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    google translate has added 24 languages to its translation service bringing the total number to 133 for many of us translate is an indispensable tool it provides a convenient accurate and quick way of comprehending vocabulary and texts in other languages the 24 new languages are spoken by more than 300 million people worldwide among them are the indigenous aymara guarani and quechua languages of the americas google rolled out its first translation service in 2006 and has continually added to its repository google said it still has a way to go to be more comprehensive there are around 7000 languages worldwide that translate doesnt provide support for

    translate needs to analyze a large range of linguistic data to be able to support a language isaac caswell a google translate scientist told journalists about how advances in technology have facilitated adding the new languages he said up until a couple of years ago it simply was not technologically possible to add languages like these which are what we call a low resource  meaning that there are not very many text resources out there for them he explained that google aspires to support languages used by large populations one of these is lingala spoken by 45 million people across central africa it also wants to render assistance for indigenous languages that are often overlooked by technology

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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    ingthetotalnumberto133.Formanyofus,Translateisanindispensablet
    ool.Itprovidesaconvenient,accurateandquickwayofcomprehending
    vocabularyandtextsinotherlanguages.The24newlanguagesarespok
    enbymorethan300millionpeopleworldwide.Amongthemaretheindig
    enousAymara,GuaraniandQuechualanguagesoftheAmericas.Googl
    erolledoutitsfirsttranslationservicein2006andhascontinuallyaddedt
    oitsrepository.Googlesaiditstillhasawaytogotobemorecomprehensi
    ve.Therearearound7,000languagesworldwidethatTranslatedoesn't
    providesupportfor.Translateneedstoanalyzealargerangeoflinguistic
    datatobeabletosupportalanguage.IsaacCaswell,aGoogleTranslates
    cientist,toldjournalistsabouthowadvancesintechnologyhavefacilitat
    edaddingthenewlanguages.Hesaid:"Upuntilacoupleofyearsago,itsi
    mplywasnottechnologicallypossibletoaddlanguageslikethese,which
    arewhatwecallalowresource-meaningthattherearenotverymanyte
    xtresourcesoutthereforthem."HeexplainedthatGoogleaspirestosup
    portlanguagesusedbylargepopulations.OneoftheseisLingala,spoken
    by45millionpeopleacrossCentralAfrica.Italsowantstorenderassistan
    ceforindigenouslanguagesthatareoftenoverlookedbytechnology.

    Free writing

    Write about Google Translate for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Everyone should learn at least two other languages. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
    3. GOOGLE TRANSLATE: Make a poster about Google Translate. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. ONE LANGUAGE: Write a magazine article about there being just one world language. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.
    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).
    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on Google Translate. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your opinions on it. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    A Few Additional Activities for Students

    Ask your students what they have read, seen or heard about this news in their own language. Students are likely to / may have have encountered this news in their L1 and therefore bring a background knowledge to the classroom.

    Get students to role play different characters from this news story.

    Ask students to keep track of this news and revisit it to discuss in your next class.

    Ask students to male predictions of how this news might develop in the next few days or weeks, and then revisit and discuss in a future class.

    Ask students to write a follow-up story to this news.

    Students role play a journalist and someone who witnessed or was a part of this news. Perhaps they could make a video of the interview.

    Ask students to keep a news journal in English and add this story to their thoughts.

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    • Using opinions
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    Answers

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