How to Build Vocabulary with Google Translate

Google Translate is a great tool for language learners to build vocabulary. To make the most of this tool, you need to have a free Google account and be logged in to Google when you use it.

When you come across a word or phrase that you want to learn, translate it on Google Translate. Then click the star next to the translation. That way you save that word or phrase in your phrasebook.

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Image 1. Useful Buttons.

You can access your phrasebook by clicking the Saved button at the bottom. You can export your phrasebook to Google Sheets and eventually, download it as an Excel file or a pdf document.

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Image 2. Export Your Phrasebook to Google Sheets.

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Image 3. Save Your Phrasebook as an Excel File or a PDF.

You need to know some extra information about words in Dutch, such as the gender, plural, and diminutive.

I recommend finding that information by searching your words in and adding it to the Google Sheets or Excel version of your phrasebook.

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Image 4. Add the Article, Plural, and Diminutive.

How to Study Your Phrasebook

Don't forget to review your phrasebook regularly to avoid forgetting your newly learned words and phrases.

You can do that by following the steps below.

  1. Print your phrasebook.
  2. Hide the translations with another paper.
  3. Go over each word and see if you remember the translation.

You can also do that digitally without printing the phrasebook. In that case, you can hide the translation with an empty Notepad window.

Use the App

Last but not least, don't forget to have a Google Translate app on your smartphone. This works best with Android phones because you can sync your phrasebook with your Google account.

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Image 5. Translate a Word and Save It in Your Phrasebook.

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Image 6. Access Your Phrasebook via the Menu.

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Image 7. Review Your Phrasebook.

Unfortunately, you can't sync your phrasebook with the iOS app at the time of writing this post.

Import Your Phrasebook to Learn Practice

At this moment, we don't have a functionality to import your Google Translate phrasebook to Learn Practice automatically.

However, if you want to practice your phrasebook on Learn Practice, I can import it for you under some conditions.

  1. Your phrasebook contains at least 100 unique English-Dutch word pairs.
  2. You send your phrasebook as an Excel file to me using the email that you signed up to Learn Practice.
  3. I'll import only the English to Dutch translation, and not the gender, plurals, and the diminutive forms.
  4. I'll add your phrasebook to your account under a separate category for you.

If there is sufficient interest from our users, I will add the automated import functionality including the gender, plurals, and diminutives to Learn Practice in the future.

Any questions or comments? Send an email to to contact me directly.

Burak Bilgin,
Founder of Learn Practice

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Published on Wednesday, September 11, 2019.

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