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Searching for Foreign-language Sources in Google

Serapiglia

Spanish IV-1

Searching for Foreign-language Sources in Google (updated 2-2020)

Information literacy topics:

-Searching strategies for information

-Using technology tools

 

Learning Expectations: 

- Academic-Problem-solving: “Students will use appropriate tools strategically to solve problems.”

 

1: Find the activities for this class, at:

Amity websiteHigh SchoolAHS Library Information Center

Find Online StuffBy SubjectWorld LanguageClass ProjectsSerapiglia

 

2. Objective: What do we want to accomplish today?

Use full functionality of Google Search to find original foreign-language materials, and strategize with search terms to improve searches.

 

3. Discussion: 

Look at “How Search Works.”

Worth devoting 10 minutes to reading to START to understand how your main source of information says it works. 

 

Look at “How Search Algorithms Work.”

Take-aways: 

- algorithms are calculations that determine what is reliable and useful.

- Google’s algorithms decide:

what you really mean in your search,

what results are relevant to you,

what results are reliable,

what information that is EASIEST to view

all based on who and where Google things you are.  

Too much power?????

- These algorithms are very susceptible to what OTHER PEOPLE thing is reliable and useful, because they rank by other users’ behavior.

 

4. Steps to search in foreign language

From main Google search page: 

Recommended method:

- Settings/Search Settings/Advanced Search

- Narrow down by LANGUAGE, and to avoid getting American-English translations to Spanish, choose a Region.Settings/Search Settings/Region Settings

or 

Alternate method:

- Settings/Search Settings/Languages

- Choose language of results in “Currently showing search results in: (choose language)”

- (do NOT use “Which language should Google products use?” or the browser will appear in that language.)

 

Hint: 

After you search, in the Results page, these options are available under “Settings.”

 

5. Practice

5.a. Try an initial search. Follow these steps.  Reflect on your steps and the results as you go, marking the answers on this FORM. 

- Set the browser to return results in Spanish, from a region you choose (See step 4).

- Think of your search terms (maybe 2-4?). What are they?

- How many results did you get?

- Scroll down the first 10 results.  

- Are they all in Spanish? 

- Do most of them look relevant?  

- Do the websites look authoritative, or just like commercial click-bait? 

- Do any words appear that look like better search terms than the ones you used?  What are they? 

 

5.b. Adjust your search, based on better words you found, adding more terms, and/or removing some terms.

- What are your new search terms?

- How many results did you get?

- Scroll down the first 10 results.  Are they in Spanish? 

- Briefly explain how these results are different than your first search.

Serapiglia: Online Dictionaries: WordReference.com

Elena Serapiglia

Spanish IV

Online Dictionaries: WordReference

Information literacy topics:

  • Using technology tools

Objective: To use online bilingual dictionaries effectively to translate English/Spanish and Spanish/English.

 

1.Direct students to activity guide online at:

Amity website→High SchoolAHS Library Information Center

Find Online StuffBy SubjectWorld LanguageClass ProjectsSerapigliaOnline Dictionaries: WordReference

 

2. Discussion: What works and doesn’t work in Google Translate?

Google Translate can be useful BUT...

 

3. Presentation/Discussion: WordReference bilingual online dictionaries

Advantages and function of a dictionary: Example: “look

  • Shows the part of speech of original and translation. Hover for definition, or look at the WordReference abbreviation list.

  • Gives the word in context or synonym to make sure it’s the right definition

  • Gives a translation of the word in context.

  • Gives choices by different country/region (for different “regionalismos”)

abbreviations used.

 

4. Student practice and discussion:  SINGLE WORD English-Spanish translation

Strategy...

  • Identify your term. Noun? Verb? Adjective? etc.

  • Clarify the context.

  • Nouns, adjectives, etc.

    • Identify the singular form (usually masculine, but some nouns use the feminine).

    • Is it slang? Is it an idiomatic usage (i.e. NOT literal use of words)?

    • Simplify your term, perhaps using a synonym.

    • Search for single word.

    • Scan results, confirming part of speak and correct context.

    • No good results?  Change search terms. Look for synonyms.

    • No luck? Try the user forums at the bottom of the page.

 

  • Verbs

    • Identify the infinitive.

    • Is it a phrasal verb?

    • Is it slang? Is it an idiomatic expression (i.e. NOT literal use of words)?

    • Simplify your term, perhaps using a synonym.

      • Change phrasal verbs to single words if possible.

      • Change idiomatic expressions to more conventional terms.

    • Search by single word, or, if necessary, phrasal verbs (this sometimes works!).

    • Scan results, confirming part of speech and correct context.

    • No good results?  Change search terms. Look for synonyms.

    • No luck? Try the user forums at the bottom of the page.

 

5. Additional student practice and discussion:  PHRASAL VERB Spanish-English translation

 

Phrasal verbs are verb expressions made up of the verb + other words, like prepositions, conjunctions, and object pronouns, that follow specific formulas. The verb changes meaning completely depending on the other formula and the context.

 

Session Notes

 

Google Translate can be useful BUT:

When it is WRONG, it:

  • May just be completely inaccurate.

No me quedan más que $10.

I do not get more than $ 10.

  • May be too literal.

I only have $10 left.

Sólo tengo $ 10 izquierda.

  • May not good at figuring out the context from surrounding text.

I don’t want her money. You keep it.

No quiero su dinero. Usted mantiene la misma.

  • Can’t figure out meaning with no context.

Queda.

Remains.

When it is RIGHT:

  • May use expressions correctly that just sound awkward.

  • May use expressions that are unfamiliar to you, or beyond your experience.

    • Nuria and I have arranged to meet at 8 in the bar.

    • Nuria y yo hemos quedado a las 8 en el bar.

 

Most important, when it does show other choices, it doesn’t give enough context. It IS getting better, BUT, dictionaries are often a better choice.

 

Searching strategy...

  • Identify your term. Noun? Verb? Adjective? etc.

  • Clarify the context.

  • Nouns, adjectives, etc.

    • Identify the singular form (usually masculine, but some nouns use the feminine).

    • Is it slang? Is it an idiomatic usage (i.e. NOT literal use of words)?

    • Simplify your term, perhaps using a synonym.

      • Change phrasal verbs to single words if possible.

      • Change idiomatic expressions to more conventional terms.

    • Search by single word, or, if necessary, phrasal verbs (this sometimes works!).

    • Scan results, confirming part of speak and correct context.

    • No good results?  Change search terms. Look for synonyms.

    • No luck? Try the user forums at the bottom of the page.

WordReference Additional Features

Language Forums

User language forums, in which many translators participate. NOT everyone is an expert, and sometimes people with little experience give opinions.

Tools

 

WordReference includes plug-ins and gadgets that can be used with browsers like Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google.

 

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