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Can Google translate "ciudadania en espanol"?

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An Internet user can translate the phrase "ciudadanía en español" and other foreign phrases by accessing translate.google.com. Upon typing "ciudadanía en español" into the left search box, Google Translate shows that the phrase translates into English as "Spanish citizenship."

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Google Translate automatically detects the original language of any foreign phrase entered in the text box. The bottom-left corner of the text box and the translation box offer options to hear a pronunciation of the phrase in both languages. Clicking on a part of the translation shows additional information below the boxes. For example, clicking on "citizenship" displays an example of how the term is used in English, and the translation service includes alternative Spanish translations for the English word.

Users are not advised to depend solely on Google Translate for translation, primarily because it does not account for context. For example, according to Google Translate, "ciudadanía en español" translates to "Spanish citizenship," even though a more accurate translation is "citizenship in Spanish." The difference is that "en español" refers to the Spanish language and not to the Spanish nationality. This difference is reflected in English by using "Spanish" as a noun connected to the preposition "in," rather than as an adjective.

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