4 Fun Things to Do with Google Translate

Nancy Messieh 07-01-2011

With certain languages Google Translate is appallingly bad. Ever tried to translate from Arabic into English? You’ll be hard pressed to ever understand what the English translation says let alone the Arabic original. I can imagine that the case is the same for quite a few other languages.


That said, there are some languages, such as French, where the translation is much more accurate. The translations can’t necessarily be trusted as being perfect, and often with languages where dialect or formal speech is an issue, Google Translate usually tends to get it wrong. The Google service still does come in pretty handy when translating emails, forum messages or even entire websites. But that’s not all that Google Translate is good for. You can push the limits of this tiny Google service and you’d be surprised at what you can get in return.


One of the most fun things to do with Google Translate to date has to be turning it into a beatbox. First posted on Reddit, the hidden feature that Google themselves probably never even imagined is making the internet rounds.

Paste the following text into Google Translate:

pv zk pv pv zk pv zk kz zk pv pv pv zk pv zk zk pzk pzk pvzkpvpvzk kkkkk bsch

Select German to German translation, and press Beatbox. Google has clearly embraced this discovery, replacing the Listen button with a Beatbox button.

fun things to do with google translate


For the ‘Techno’ version, select Chinese to Chinese Simplified/Traditional translation.

Create Sound Effects

Once beatboxing was discovered, it wasn’t long before people were trying to find other interesting sounds you can get out of Google Translate.

To simulate the sound of a machine, an old car, or possibly even a chainsaw, paste the following text into Google translate and select Croatian to Croatian translation.


To simulate the sound of a helicopter, the following text has been suggested when selecting German to German translation.



Order Indian Food

According to Google’s Demo Slam, a website inviting people to demonstrate how they put Google’s services to use in their lives, two American girls were able to call an Indian restaurant and place their order in Hindi. Whether or not the video is genuine is something we’ll never know, but with a little knowledge of the language, it might just be possible.

Translate Twitter Messages Automatically

With the use of the awesome Firefox add-on Greasemonkey, and a little userscript, you can have any foreign language tweets on Twitter automatically translated from whichever language they were originally written in. This is something that is actually currently being rolled out to all Twitter accounts, but until then, Firefox users can benefit from the free work around.

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The script has its quirks, and sometimes translates English tweets if they contain a name that can be mistaken for a foreign language.


Chat with Friends in Any Language

Using the Google Talk chat bots you can have any text instantly translated when using Google Talk. There are two methods you can use – either add the bot to your friend’s list and simply type the text you want translated in a chat conversation with the bota.

fun things to do with google translate

Even more conveniently, you can add the bot to your conversation, to have all text translated immediately as you chat.

What creative uses for Google Translate can you come up with? Let us know in the comments.


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Related topics: Google Translate, Translation.

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  1. Mason's Girlie
    December 16, 2019 at 6:11 pm

    Flanders is not a possibility on the google translate that I use

  2. Kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk
    November 7, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    So copy and paste about 3000 'k' in a spanish to german translation. Hit the listen button about 50 times on each side.

  3. Lora
    January 19, 2017 at 11:12 am

    Try this in German:
    enyenenyen enyen ennyenn enyeeeen
    hayaiyayooo eyaiyo eyaiyo hippe dto
    narf norf nerf nurf nirf neirf noerf naerf

  4. Astrologer Dr.Sunil
    October 24, 2016 at 7:12 am

    Nice and funny post. Thank you for sharing.

  5. lisa
    April 24, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    pv zk pv pv zk pv zk kz zk pv pv pv zk pv zk zk pzk pzk pvzkpkzvpvzk kkkkkk bsch

    german to german

  6. porssta
    March 2, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    you all like porn?

  7. bob
    December 24, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    do welsh and listen to this booooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff

  8. Anonymous
    August 10, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    sadffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff In welsh sounds like a gun

  9. pppppppppppppppppppppppppp
    May 3, 2015 at 12:34 am

    LOL pppppppppppppppppppppppp in arabic

  10. Ppoooppopoppoo
    March 11, 2011 at 11:38 pm


  11. Ppoooppopoppoo
    March 12, 2011 at 12:38 am


  12. Rebekah Babez likkez
    March 5, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    Do English to English and do 'giggity goo' its a female quagmire!!

  13. M-egg
    February 28, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    do romanain to english and do 'iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii' but instead of clicking the listen next to the box where you type in click the listen button underneath the box where you type in .... enjooooy

    • Aibek
      March 2, 2011 at 8:23 am

      :-) just tried it, sounds like a car engine from the cartoons.

  14. Sammy_lowe
    January 22, 2011 at 6:32 am

    you can try rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

  15. logan
    January 15, 2011 at 5:40 am

    yeah its in hindi alright...

  16. Nadina Cardillo
    January 12, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    What about the oldest classic? Type a text in English, then translate intro Chinese/Croatian/Hindi/whatever, translate intro English again. Repeat indefinitely. See what comes out.