Posts Tagged ‘google translate’

How to Use Gmail’s Email Translate Feature

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Here’s an extremely useful Gmail feature; much cheaper than hiring a translator, and more convenient than Google Translate.

Automatic email translations have been available on Google Mail for some time as parts of Gmail Labs. Users who have activated the feature in their account, were able to make use of Google Translate to translate foreign language emails directly in Gmail. The new feature is currently being rolled out, and should be available to all users in the next couple of days.

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Microsoft Translator Bookmarklet

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Machine translation (as they used to call it) has been around for at least 20 years now, but 90% of the time, the results still sound like something written by a 3rd grader.

While Google Translate is probably the most popular online translation service, there are others that may be less popular but are often equally good when it comes to translating contents into other languages.

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Translate This for Firefox – Translate Web Pages

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Translation programs have been around for years, but it’s still nice to see an official Firefox web translation add-on …

One of the features of the Google Chrome web browser that I really like is the option to translate foreign web pages automatically using Google’s Translate service. Firefox users can either use an Internet translation service manually or install an extension to add a similar functionality to the browser.

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Google Translate for Google+

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

In the past, machine translation has always left a lot to be desired … but what the heck, maybe Google got it right this time …

I have been using Google’s new social networking site Google Plus ever since I received my invitation. To be honest, I have been spending more site on the site than I have on Facebook or Twitter combined. That’s still not much compared to social networking geeks who spend hours on those sites.

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Google Dictionary Chrome Extension

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Here’s a particularly useful add-on for Google Chrome …

Google some time ago retired the Google Dictionary web service. Well, that’s not entirely correct. What Google retired was the frontend of that service on the web. The definitions are still available, but can only be displayed in Google Search.

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Clownfish – Automatic Skype Chat Translations

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Machine translation almost always results in a garbled, difficult to understand mess. It’s been around since the 1980s, and although different companies have managed to adapt it more applications, they still haven’t been able to improve the quality of the translation very much.

Automatic translations can help when people need to communicate with each other without speaking the other’s language properly. Clownfish is a third party software that integrates with the popular communication software Skype. The software works automatically once installed and connected to Skype (a prompt to allow access to Skype is displayed in Skype once Skype and Clownfish are running).

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Google Translate Tooltip – Fast On Page Translations

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Translation programs in general can be a real life saver when it comes to accessing information on foreign language sites … but I can’t help laughing sometimes, when auto-translators mangle text to the point where it becomes absurd or surreal.

When it comes to online translations, it is Google Translate that gets the most attention from Internet users. The popular service is not only accessible through the official website, but thanks to its API also through third party tools like browser add-ons or desktop applications.

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