I have been using Google Translate to have a go at understanding text in Arabic. I have to say that only the poetically inclined can get through the garble of English that comes out after the translation process. It is infinitely better than nothing, since I can only read French and German, and just 2 words of Arabic. I am grateful, but I'm just saying how very far away it is from accurate, clear, simple, direct translation.
This is the story I read today for example. It is hard to read on all levels, but it is important to try.