I'm learning French partly by reading a book or newspaper, looking up the words and verb conjugations and such. In this process I use Google translate pretty frequently.
I notice, for example that when putting a passe compose conjugation of a verb, it gives the regular past tense in English as opposed to I have xxxxxed.
j'ai parlé avec ma sœur
j'avais parlé avec ma sœur
both comes out as
I spoke with my sister
I have spoken with my sister
I had spoken with my sister.
I notice this a lot when entering passe composé to Google translate. Does the translation indicate typical usage, or is it an error in the translator?