Posts Tagged ‘translation’

Word Safety Checks Words for Unwanted Meaning in Foreign Languages

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

I don’t work with translations very much these days, but this still sounds like it would be kind of a fun program to mess around with, just to see which English language trade names look silly in other countries.

One of the most difficult things when it comes to creating new websites or services is to find an appropriate name that sounds great. Not only are all the good names taken usually, you also have to take connotation and meaning into account. If that would not be difficult enough already, you need to make sure that the selected word or phrase has no negative meaning in foreign languages if you plan to make it available to a worldwide audience directly or at a later point in time.


Goodbye Babel Fish, Hello Bing Translator

Monday, June 4th, 2012

Babel Fish is history, but fortunately Bing is ready to step in to fill the void in online translation services …

The long standing online translation service Babel Fish is no more. The web application that was launched in 1999 changed owner twice, first in 2003 when it was bought by AltaVista, and then again in the same year when Yahoo bought the AltaVista company. Babel Fish had two core features: first a text translation feature that could translate up to 150 words into a different language, and then a web page translation feature that would translate a page on the Internet into a different language.


Firelang – Firefox Translation and Language Learning Tool

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

I’ve yet to see a language translation program that was worth the box that it came in. Usually, they work OK for short, simple text, but they fall on their faces if you’re trying to translate technical text or anything that includes idioms, adages and similes …

The Firefox web browser is the perfect companion for users who are learning another language. Why? Because of all the add-ons that enhance and improve the learning experience.

Firelang is a sophisticated add-on with an incredible feature set that helps users learn a new language while surfing the Internet. For that, it comes with several tools.


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.


Google Goggles expands to include optical text translation

Friday, May 21st, 2010

It still amazes me that they can translate foreign text in bitmap images …

By Tim Conneally, Betanews

Google Goggles, the optical search tool released for Android last December received a significant update today which improves the app in a number of ways; including giving it the ability to recognize and translate languages.

Currently, the optical character recognition of Goggles is limited to five languages with Latin-based alphabets: English, Spanish, French, German, and Italian. When you snap a picture of text, the app scans the content and offers a translation window where you can choose what language you want the text to be translated into. In Google’s mobile blog today, Software Engineers Alessandro Bissacco and Avi Flamholz said the goal is to eventually be able to read non-Latin languages like Chinese, Arabic and Hindi.