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Is the Reverso translator well-rated by language teachers?

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In 2001, the Reverso translator took first place among machine translators in a comparative study, says Translation Journal. However, Reverso produced various errors in usage and meaning during the experiments.

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Reverso is a translation website with a downloadable mobile application. As of 2014, 13 language pairs are available on the Reverso interface. The Reverso translator uses the "transfer" strategy to translate text. This means that a text is analyzed for structural similarities to words that already appear in Reverso's library.

Reverso’s translation strategy produces occasional errors because it lacks the comprehension skills of a human translator. Due to these factors, it is more effective for students to use machine translation as a supplement to learning, and not as a sole source of language education, advises Translation Journal.

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