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Introduction

Google Translate is a free machine translation service provided by Google, and the system currently supports 58 languages:[1]

  • Afrikaans
  • Albanian
  • Arabic
  • Belarusian
  • Bulgarian
  • Catalan
  • Chinese
  • Croatian
  • Czech
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • English
  • Estonian
  • Filipino
  • Finnish
  • French
  • Galician
  • German
  • Greek
  • Hebrew
  • Hindi
  • Hungarian
  • Icelandic
  • Indonesian
  • Irish
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Latvian
  • Lithuanian
  • Macedonian
  • Malay
  • Maltese
  • Norwegian
  • Persian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • Serbian
  • Slovak
  • Slovenian
  • Spanish
  • Swahili
  • Swedish
  • Thai
  • Turkish
  • Ukrainian
  • Vietnamese
  • Welsh
  • Yiddish

Seven of these 58 languages are "alpha languages", which "may have less-reliable translation quality than" the supported languages:[1]

  • Armenian
  • Azerbaijani
  • Basque
  • Georgian
  • Haitian Creole
  • Latin
  • Urdu


Use

Users can select the original language and target language from drop-down menus, enter the text or link into the first search form, and the translated text or a link to the translated website will appear in the second form. If a user pastes text of an unknown language into the first search form, the system will often automatically identify and provide the option to translate the unknown language into the target language. Users can select translated words to view possible alternate translations.

If a user pastes a web page link within the search form, the second search form will generate a link that the user can select to view a translated version of the web site, with a Google Translate toolbar displayed above the site. Mousing over the translated text of the webpage will display the original language text in a pop-up window. The user can enter a new URL through the toolbar, change the original and target languages, and select to view the translation or original webpage.


Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Inside Google Translate." Google website, http://translate.google.com/about/intl/en_ALL/. Accessed December 23, 2011.

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