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Whenever I use Google Translate I get a notification about Adobe Flash being disabled:

Google Translate - Adobe Flash

Things seem to work normally without Flash, so I don't understand why the translator is even trying to use it. Is there some Flash-based functionality I'm missing? Would Google Translate be faster or more accurate with Flash enabled?

I've tried searching flash in Google Translate Help but it did not match any answers.

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The Google Translate page uses Flash to play the sounds of the words being translated:

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So you only have to worry about it if you want to hear the words.

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