But what else do those of us who don't speak Russian use?
Simple technique with Google for making sure your translations are at least passable: Put the translation back through the other way. If you gat back what you started with it's a reasonable
bet that it's correct. If you get back sometyhing different, you can be pretty sure it id wrong!
Oh and Google Translate fucks up ideomatic French, too!
May I make a suggestion?
Obviously the bulk of conversation is going to be in Russian, so that is the default language: we assume speaking in Russian unless told otherwise. To indicate another language, our ilustrious GM pics one of the following:
Colour coding - Red for English
, Bold black for German
, Green for Italian
, Blue for French
. Or whatever colour
Acronym tags. Use an acronym around the speech, with the language it is said in, like this:
[acronym=Arabic]"This is how you would talk in Riyadh"[/acronym]"This is how you would talk in Riyadh"
Prose identification: the simplest and easiest, just state in your post what language the character is talking in: "We meet at last, Mr Bond", Tityana said in heavily accented English, with a soft ironic chuckle.