It seems that google translate works by teaching itself language correlation, that is by google engineers throwing at the system huge amounts of data for it to process, and find correlations in language.
It seems to me that this is precisely the acquisition process: we need, as language learners, to be able to process large amounts of information in our brains to be able to correlate – usually – with our first language.
That means that learning grammar from books is not enough but that there is so much information in a language that some kind of outside activity (watching tv, listening, reading, going to the country, conversational language lessons) is necessary in order to effectively acquire the language.
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