Some benefits of the system:
- You can save individual words, phrases, or complete sentences.
- If you aren't completely satisfied with the translation provided by Google, you can enter your own translation and record that one in your Phrasebook.
- For common words, Google Translate provides multiple translations categorized by word class.
- For common words, Google Translate provides five example sentences from web.
- Google Translate provides pronunciation of the translation and the translated phrase.
- You can save multiple translations of the same word.
- You can download your Phrasebook into your computer in many formats, such as excel, pdf, and text.
- Once you downloaded your Phrasebook, you can print it out for offline study.
Google kept the interface simple. However, you need to discover what each icon does. For example, the star icon in the translation text box adds the translation to your Phrasebook. The book with a star on it at upper right corner opens your Phrasebook.
You can dive into the system at http://translate.google.com and discover the function of each icon by trial and error. If you prefer to read a thorough review and a how to guide, you can check an article I've written about how to use this system at How to Build Vocabulary in a Foreign Language With Google Translate.
Enjoy Google Phrasebook and let us know what you think of it.