English to Dutch to English of the first two paragraphs. That is certainly a lot better than in the early days. Impressive.
"Google has announced via their blog post that Google Translate service is used by more than 200 million people per month. Broken down further, in a given day, Google translates it equals as much text as you would find in 1 million books.
Franz Och, a research scientist with Google Translate, discusses how Google's translation service has progressed over the years. In 2001, Google began offering a service that would translate into eight different languages and English. Historically, state-of-the-art commercial machine translation (MT) and while it worked, it was not very effective or efficient."
I've used Google translate quite a few times with moderate success. Some of the things it produces can be funny as hell though. Example: type "men are men and men do the cooking", translate into Dutch, then the translation back to English.