I'm just curious because I've heard a lot of people say it's really inaccurate, but on the other hand it seems to be one of the best translation apps. What do you guys think?
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If the languages are closely related, yes. If they are not closely related, not at all.
Here's some examples from Jefferson's famous sentence from the Declaration of Independence.
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
French and back to English
Nous tenons ces vérités comme évidentes, que tous les hommes sont créés égaux, qu'ils sont dotés par leur Créateur de certains droits inaliénables, parmi lesquels la vie, la liberté et la poursuite du bonheur.
We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Now that's spot on. You get similar results for say Spanish and German. Now let's try English to Japanese and back
我々は、彼らが特定のunalienable権利との創造主によって恵まれていることを、すべての人が同じように作られていることを、自明であることがこれらの真理を保持し、これらの間のそれは幸福追求権があります。(note that it cannot translate "unalienable")
back to English
It, that they are endowed by the Creator with certain unalienable rights, that all people are created equal, that it is a self-evident holds these truths, between these it has a right to pursue happiness.
The syntax of Japanese is quite different from English (generally subject, object, verb, as opposed to the subject verb object in English)
And now Russian:
Мы считаем, что эти истины являются самоочевидными, что все люди созданы равными, что они наделены их Творцом определенными неотчуждаемыми правами, к числу которых относятся жизнь, свобода и стремление к счастью.
back to English
We believe that these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
That's close, but Russian is Indo-European, Japanese isn't.
Here's a video that makes a funny point about washing songs through google translate: