Today there are plenty of electronic translation devices out there, while apps on mobile phones and tablets also have easily accessible translators.
These can be extremely beneficial if you want to translate a word, perhaps a phrase on a sign or a small sentence. They are definitely not suited to giving fluent translations. For example the words may end up in the wrong order if you’re doing English to German translations, yet just by looking at the word you may be given a brief insight into the meaning behind it.
These are ideal if you’re on holiday and you want to know how to say thank you, or perhaps order a taxi, and it can definitely be a case of the shorter the better with these translation devices. So if you want a quick translation; one that cannot be relied on but can give you a good idea of the meaning behind a phrase or sentence, then these devices can be ideal. Just don’t try to get full fluent translations with them, because you could end up saying something completely the opposite.