If it seems like Google Translate and Skype Translator have solved the language barrier, you’d be right, in the same sense that smoke signals solved long-distance communication. Machine translation much difficult still translate long way go to, as YouTuber Tom Scott explains.
Here's a fun language web toy to while away your afternoon. Type in an English word, and you'll see a map of how that word translates in different parts of Europe.
Google Translate now accepts handwriting as an input—so you can offer your scrawl up to be converted.
Google Translate now lets you save favorite snippets in a Phrasebook so you can go back and learn 'em easily.
I always viewed Esperanto, a politically-neutral artificial language created in 1887, as akin to Latin or Sanskrit—a good idea at the time but no longer relevant to the modern world. Google obviously disagrees, having added Esperanto as the 64th supported language in Google Translate.
Siri is more powerful than Apple lets on so it's up to the tweaking, hacking, tinkerish souls of the jailbreak community to unleash her full potential. Like this latest Siri hack, Lingual. It's a jailbreak-only tweak that turns Siri into a translation device. Just say what you want to Siri, name the language you…
This is really weird. Apparently Google Translate seems obsessed with Angelina Jolie. Which, mind you, it's completely understandable. Try the following:
Google has one of the best language translation technologies around, which they've continually improve it over the past few years. And now their Android app has the ability to support speech-to-speech translation in 14 languages.
Tap-Translate is a new app (or really, a bookmarklet posing as an app) that translates words in foreign languages right from your phone's browser. No exiting the app, no switching, no fuss. That means whenever you stumble upon something you don't understand you just click on the bookmark, tap on the questionable…
Holy crap. Sometimes do you almost pinch yourself, because you just can't believe you're witnessing such creations in your lifetime? Word Lens, which uses augmented reality to translate things in front of you, has given me that exact feeling.
Google Translate's helpful for so many things! Well, one thing, really. Until, that is, you re-purpose its Rosetta Stone prowess towards beat boxing. Here's how it works, in four simple steps.
The average translation system uses a billion words to model a language. Google's uses a few hundred billion English words. Apparently, the way to do translation—crunching millions of passages and human translations—is up Google's alley. Who knew? [NYT]
At an event today in San Fransisco, Google announced a new service that will offer streaming results for searches, incorporating real-time updates from web pages and social networking partners. It will be rolled out over the next couple of days.
Good news, worldly Giz readers: Google's translation technology has been integrated directly into Gmail. By enabling "Message Translation" from the Labs tab under Settings, Gmail will translate emails between 41 languages.
Speeek is an app that can recognize up to 1,500 spoken Japanese phrases and translate them into either English or Chinese. Pocket Babel Fish? Yes please.
Handy if you want to hit on a cute waitress at a decent sushi bar or the French exchange student pulling shots at your usual coffee place with horrible abortions of their native tongue, Google Translate is now optimized for the iPhone. It stores your most recent translations on the phone so you don't need to stay…