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Many recipes online are correct, but they are very difficult to translate from one language to another.

Google Translate, for example, does not translate recipes very well.

How do I write a recipe so others (or Google Translate) can translate it well?

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Why the downvotes? This is a great question. –  Henrik Söderlund Dec 29 '12 at 11:27

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A. Use simple sentences so Google can translate them well.

  • Yes. Mix sugar and butter.
  • No. Mix the sugar and the butter together until completely incorporated.

B. Use grams for all weights. Spell out "grams".

  • Yes. 100 grams sugar. 200 grams milk.
  • No. 100 g sugar. 200 g milk.

C. Avoid imperial measures like cups and tablespoons.

  • No. About 10 tablespoons of sugar and a cup of milk.
  • Yes. 191 grams sugar. 245 grams milk.

D. Google will have problems translating ingredient names. I don't think there's much you can do to help with this. Link to a picture of the ingredient (or to an ingredient's Wikipedia page) instead.

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Simple sentences and vocabulary, sure, but leaving out detail? Only do that if it's not necessary for the recipe, in which case maybe it shouldn't be there whether or not you want your recipe translated. –  Jefromi Aug 26 '13 at 21:21

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