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IELTS Listening Exercise 45 – Online Translation Tools

Difficulty level: Semi Hard

Listen to the following recording, and fill the gaps in the summary below it:

Online Translation Tools

Online translation tools seem to be an ______ ______ to human translators. However, there are many instances of these tools causing unintended ______ and disasters. Currently, translation technology is not sophisticated enough to cope with the grammatical subtleties of complex technical, legal or ______ documents. Machine translation tools may work for tasks like translating ______ between friends, but when money or reputations are at ______, it is safer to rely on professional human translators.

Note:
The ideas in the recording might also help you with the IELTS writing task 2 question:

Because computers can translate all languages very quickly and accurately, learning a foreign language is a waste of time. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Here’s a “simple but good” introduction:

It is true that computer programs are now able to carry out language translation tasks far more quickly than any human can. However, I completely disagree with the idea that this development makes learning foreign languages unnecessary. Now your turn. Try to write…

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