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Friday, August 28, 2009

Google Docs Now With Translation Feature

Google Docs can now translate documents. Just pick Tools -> Translate document, and then a language (like Chinese, German, English, Italian, Japanese, and many others). A new window will open showing you the automatic translation, and if you like it you can then choose to create a new document based on this translation, or have the old document be replaced with it. The problem, Ionut Alex. Chitu comments, is that “there’s no link between the original document and the translation”.

Let’s see how well the Google translator fares with a bit of Goethe:

German original Google translation Human translator
Wie froh bin ich, daß ich weg bin! Bester Freund, was ist das Herz des Menschen! Dich zu verlassen, den ich so liebe, von dem ich unzertrennlich war, und froh zu sein! Ich weiß, du verzeihst mir’s. Waren nicht meine übrigen Verbindungen recht ausgesucht vom Schicksal, um ein Herz wie das meine zu ängstigen? How glad I am that I’m gone! Best friend, what is the heart of man! To leave you, whom I love so much, from whom I was inseparable, and glad to be! I know you will forgive me’s. Were not quite my other compounds selected by fate to a heart like mine to be afraid? How happy I am that I am gone! My dear friend, what a thing is the heart of man! To leave you, from whom I have been inseparable, whom I love so dearly, and yet to feel happy! I know you will forgive me. Have not other attachments been specially appointed by fate to torment a head like mine?

[Thanks Jérôme!]


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