As humans living on the third rock from our sun, we’re still divided by language differences. I’ve dabbled with online language translators like Babelfish (formerly by AltaVista, now by Yahoo) in the past, but I’m amazed how far this functionality has come in recent months. Richard Byrne reported on Thursday that Google Docs now offers integrated language translations into 42 different languages. I found the free WordPress plug-in “Global Translator” today, and installed/configured it on our family learning blog, “Learning Signs.” Now when you click on one of 41 different flags in the right sidebar, you can convert our blog text into the primary languages of those different nations. Is this amazing or what?!
I’ll see how the plug-in works on that blog and if everything seems stable, I’ll likely add it here as well as on the K-12 Online Conference blog. This looks like a great way to “bridge the divide” with language translations on the blog! It even works with comments. I suppose the important question is, however, how GOOD are the language translations?! It will be interesting to hear feedback on this if we DO use this plugin for k12online09.
If a page has not been translated previously, there is a slight delay as the selected translation engine does its work. The plug-in settings let owners specify how frequently new translations can be requested. I am in awe of this functionality!
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