Monday, October 12, 2009

Read foreign-language web pages in your language

I've found that the Translate a Web page" Google tool is not used as much as it could be because many don't know about it.
  I received an alert about a webpage that had linked to an article in A Kindle World and found that it was in Greek or, as they say, it was all Greek to me :-)

It was of interest because it was a forum in Greece that was discussing the new International Kindle available in that country.

So I went to Google's general translation tool (always shown next to the Google search bar in small font) and scrolled down until I saw "Translate a web page."

  Then I pasted, into the long bar, the URL/link I was given, and chose - from the pull-down menus - the language I wanted translated and then the language that would allow me to read and understand what was said on the page.
  Clicking on the gray "Translate" button took me to the English version of the forum page.

  While this type of automated webpage-translation is notoriously primitive, it usually gives you at least the gist of the conversation.

  It did pretty well, for the most part, in a message by website administrator "Hal9000" -- I can understand what he's saying.  They are discussing a color e-reader that Fujitsu will release as well as the administrator's Kindle 2, which he's had for awhile. Below are ways to Share this post if you'd like others to see it.
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