Online Translation Tools

Unless you are a language expert, someday you will run across a website or document that is in a language you don’t understand.  Fortunately for the digital age, there are free tools available to help.  My personal favorite is Babel Fish from Yahoo.   (If you have never heard of a Babel Fish, read The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.)  Babel Fish will translate typed in text or an entire web page.  You just need to provide the text or web page link, choose the original language and then what language it needs to be translated into. Of course Babel Fish isn’t the only one available.  Google also has a translation tool which operates similarly to Yahoo’s.  Just keep in mind that a computer is making the translation so it might not be textbook perfect!

If you use a different translation tool, please feel free to leave a comment below!

Here is an example of a sentence, “Thank you for using the Kent District Library’s blog!”, translated from English to:

Dutch – Dank u voor het gebruiken van het District Library’ van Kent; s blog!

Spanish – Gracias por usar el districto Library’ de Kent; ¡blog de s!

Japanese – ケント地区Library’を使用するためにありがとう; sのブログ!

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Beth is a Librarian at the Gaines Township branch of KDL. She really loves reading, especially all the wonderful teen books, but also enjoys genealogy and crafts!

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One Response to “Online Translation Tools”

  1. Toby Says:

    Wow, you just got me hooked on Babel Fish! That is great.