The Google search engine has become so popular during the last few years that we often use it as a verb – to Google something.
In this episode, we’ll give you some ideas on how you can use Google services to improve your English.
Voice message from Marcela from Argentina
Voice message from Ines
capear = According to Google Translate – to weather, to ride out (the storm), to dodge, to play with the cape(!), to deceive.
Manage, handle, deal with, cope – AIRC317
Voice message from Alejandro from Colombia living in Australia
(derived from – as a result from) worldwide (global) pandemic
He’s listened to more than 1000 episodes! (Present perfect simple) He’s been listening for a long time. (present perfect continuous)
Present perfect simple and continuous with special guest Bea – AIRC18
We are a couple of ‘craics’!
What do we think about Google translate?
wordreference.com and other online dictionaries
Most (free) online dictionaries are better, e.g. wordreference.com, but not for short phrases and texts.
collaborating on a text.
Grammarly incorporates inside Google docs.
Voice to text on desktop and mobile (only with the Chrome browser): TOOLS – VOICE TYPING – CLICK MICROPHONE – Choose the language (English) and speak.
Text templates for CVs, application letters, proposals etc.
Google Sheets (spreadsheets like Microsoft excel) for vocabulary tables.
YouTube: Use CC – subtitles/closed captions and change playback speed (0.75, 0.50, 0.25)
Google Home smart speaker.
Google Keep for English notes, infographics and websites for English study. Use labels for easy search.
Google podcasts on Android phones (install it from the Play store).
Use Google image search for vocabulary (for example, search ‘safety pin’)
Use ‘suggested alternative’ if you’re not sure of spelling, grammar, collocation etc. (for example ‘I used go’ – Did you mean: I used to)
Privacy concerns: Do you worry about the privacy we trade for Google services?
…and now it’s your turn to practise your English. Have we forgotten any Google service that could be useful for studying English? Please let us know.
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