Google Translate using for a communication tool between Thai pharmacists and Myanmar patients in drugstores

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นริณี โพธิ์ศรี
วีรยุทธ์ เลิศนที


Recently, the number of Myanmar workers immigrating to Thailand has increased continuously. High health-care cost and language problems are relevant impediments for them to get access to services from hospitals. Therefore, drugstores have become a preferential health care service for these people when suffering from an ailment. Nevertheless, problems in communication between Thai pharmacists and Myanmar patients still persist. To alleviate this problem, we expected that Google Translate can be used as a communication tool. The aim of this study was to evaluate the accuracy of Google Translate in translating conversation texts used in drugstores among Thai, English and Burmese prior to being implemented in a real situation. Two levels of language structure were evaluated, i.e., the word level evaluated by the averages of acceptance rates and the phrase or sentence level evaluated by adequacy and fluency. The results demonstrated that the quality of the texts translated from Google Translate was varying in a pharmaceutical context. Inaccuracy occurred in both the word level and the phrase or sentence level. Thus, Google Translate might be only appropriately used as an initial tool and outputs of translation should be modified to be more accurate. Pharmacists should use English as a source language instead of Thai to translate into Burmese. Likewise, in case when patients use Burmese as a source language, the language displayed should be English.


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โพธิ์ศรีน., & เลิศนทีว. (2019). Google Translate using for a communication tool between Thai pharmacists and Myanmar patients in drugstores. JOURNAL OF HEALTH SCIENCE RESEARCH, 13(1), 104-114. Retrieved from
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