Thursday, December 20, 2007

I have a friend and I don't understand what he's saying

This little article passed through my Google Reader feed one day.

Google now offers instant machine translation in Google Talk....

The new service is used by adding a translation bot to a Google Talk chat, for example adding provides a translation from English to Chinese. The bot can be used as a direct look up tool for a translation, or in a group chat for translation on the fly as part of a conversation. For a two way conversation two bots are required, one for the English to other language translation, and one for the other language back into English.

According to Google:

They're named using two-letter language abbreviations as "[from language]2[to language]", and the supported language pairs are: ar2en, de2en, de2fr, el2en, en2ar, en2de, en2el, en2es, en2fr, en2it, en2ja, en2ko, en2nl, en2ru, en2zh, es2en, fr2de, fr2en, it2en, ja2en, ko2en, nl2en, ru2en, zh2en. So, for French to German translation, talk to

Because this looked like an email address, I thought I'd see if it truly is an email address. It isn't:

Sorry, I couldn't find any host named

Oh well, it was worth a try.

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