For anybody who hasn’t heard, Google has introduced a translating tool which can translate text into a large selection of different languages. You can even enter a url and translate an entire page into your language. I have been testing it and the translation is word for word so sometimes it comes out a bit funny, but it is at least understandable.
I think this is a wonderful tool for an international blogsphere, where people from around the world meet and communicate with each other. It is also an important tool for making information available to areas where local news might be for example censored.
I found a good use for it in my own workplace. As a social worker we have people who use our services from many different backgrounds. Some of them speak very little Norwegian or English, then we really have a challenge. When we have a larger meeting we hire a translator to come and assist us, but giving a simple message can be difficult. However I found a creative solution. I typed my message in English into Google Text translator. Then I simply translated it to Arabic and printed it out. The print showed both the English and the Arabic text so hopefully my client could understand some of the English if necessary. It worked, she understood what the message was anyway.
A friend of mine used Google to translate a page which was in Italian to get more information on her summer vacation destination, and my son uses it to translate English to Portugese and back so he can talk to a friend who lives in Brasil. It’s a bit slower but it gets the message through J I’m sure Renny wouldn’t be quite a good in English if this tool was around when we first met hehehe!!
Check it out and connect with new people!!