Saturday, 6 June 2009

6. Translation - from Babelfish

I could not find when Babelfish first started, but I am sure it was more than ten years ago, with AltaVista. Now it is supported by Yahoo, and comes as a Firefox download. Let us not kid ourselves, this is far from perfect translation. (To check, try translating something and then have it machine translated back to the original!) But it is better than nothing. (I have used it many times just to get an idea of what a document says.) Apparently it can translate among English, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, and Spanish. Not good enough for legal work, but a reasonable starting point for a rough guide (or some quick homework cheating!).


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