Jan Finster Posted May 17, 2023 at 04:50 PM Author Report Share Posted May 17, 2023 at 04:50 PM On 5/17/2023 at 2:39 PM, Lu said: And the Summer Palace is 颐和园. Calling it 夏宫 is really weird. 🙃 User: please translate: "I like going to the summer palace" ChatGPT: 我喜欢去颐和园。(Wǒ xǐhuān qù Yíhéyuán.) actually 夏宫 seems to be a common way to call some Russian summer palaces... On 5/17/2023 at 2:39 PM, Lu said: Using it for language learning, without a more knowledgable person to help you tell correct from incorrect, good from bad and modern from stiff/formal, is not the best idea. That includes vocabulary lists, usage explanations, usage examples... If the sentence-generating machine is right 95% of the time, but you trust it 100% of the time, one in twenty things you learn is wrong and who knows when you'll find out. This assumes you memorise 100% of what you learn. Realistically, while learning you will have to be exposed to the same words in different contexts many times. I do not believe humans are used to having a perfect teacher anyway. Were your parents omniscient and perfect? You probably realised at some point that things you learned as a child from your parents or friends were wrong...and you re-learned. Obviously using ChatGPT is a matter of weighing pros and cons. And yes, I agree, if you are a total beginner and naively trust it, then it can do harm. For me, it has been a godsend. I have been studying Chinese since 2019 but have 99% focussed on input. Finally, I have someone to practice writing/chattting with. I have done so with a teacher a few times, but this is not the same. When you write homework for a teacher it is maybe 20 sentences. In an hour with ChatGPT I can write many more than that. I believe good prompt engineering is important and so is remaining sceptical of any corrections. However, since starting to "chat" with ChatGPT my active vocabulary has grown rapidly. I ask it, for instance, to list 25 attributes of a good teacher. Then I practice making sentences containing those attributes. Next session I might ask it to list 25 expressions related to visa applications. Then I practice making sentences... As a professional translator, I can see how you, Lu, are still sceptical. It is probably not yet at a level suitable for you. However, just as it cannot be use by programmers to write perfect code without review, it should be able to be a great assistant. Many coders approve of its help (while I as a non-coder have not been able to get it to write any code that actually runs). Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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