Showing posts with label Google Translate. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Google Translate. Show all posts

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The European Word Translator Puts Language Into Geographic Context

The European Word Translator is a map and translation tool created by UK Data Explorer. Type a word or phrase into the map's search tool and the translations appear over the countries in their respective official languages.

Applications for Education
Before you  use the European Word Translator in your classroom you should be aware that it does rely on the Google Translate API. Google Translate is known to have some errors (some of my favorite errors occur when translating Icelandic into English).  That said, the map offers a neat way to get some geographic context for languages.

H/T to Google Maps Mania

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Transmiti - Translate All Text in Windows

Transmiti is a free download for Windows users who would like an easy way to translate just about anything on their desktops. With Transmiti installed you can simply highlight the text in any window and have it translated for you via Google Translate. This saves the step of copying and pasting from one window to another. You can set hot keys to speed up the process of translation into your preferred language. Watch the Tekzilla Daily video below to learn more about Transmiti.

Applications for Education
Transmiti does rely on Google Translate which is widely known as not the most accurate of translation services. That said, Transmiti could still be helpful for quickly translating some materials that students may need to access on the Windows computers in your school.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Definitions, Translations, and Searches in Google eBooks

The Google eBookstore is a great place to find free and paid ebooks to read on your computer, iPad, Nook, or Android device. Google just announced the addition of a new helpful feature to Google eBooks. Now when you're reading a Google eBook title on your computer you can highlight and right click on words to find definitions and translations of those words. When you select definition, you also have the option to hear your highlighted word pronounced. You can also highlight and right click to search the web for information about a word.
Applications for Education
The free titles available in the Google eBookstore provide teachers with access to a wind range of books that could potentially get students excited about reading. The new definition, pronunciation, translation, and search options could be very helpful for students reading on their own. If a student encounters a new word she can hear that word pronounced and get a definition without having to go find a dictionary.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

One Click Document Translation in Google Docs

Google Docs has had a translation option for quite a while, but until now you had to copy and paste your text in order to create a new translated document. Yesterday, Google announced that in the new version of Google Docs you can now create a new translated document with just one click. To create a new translated copy of your document just select "tools" then "translate document." Google Docs will then prompt you to select a language. Once you've specified a language a new translated document will appear in your list of Google Docs. Google Docs now supports translation for 53 languages.

Applications for Education
If you have students that live in homes in which English is not the primary language, the new Google Docs translation option could be very useful. Now when you need to send a letter home, you can easily print it out in multiple languages.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Quick Translator - Compare Auto-Translators

Google Translate can be a good tool for translating documents, websites, and other text-based materials. However, sometimes you may want to check that translation against another service's translation. In other cases you may come across some text that is in a language that you don't recognize and want to have it translated. In both of those situation, Quick Translator can help you out.

To use Quick Translator just paste a chunk of text into the translation box and select the language in which you wish to read that text. Quick Translator auto detects the language of the text you paste into the translation box. The translations will then be completed by Quick Translator using both Google Translate and Microsoft Translator.

Applications for Education
Quick Translator could be a good tool for students learning a foreign language to check their own translations. Quick Translator could also be handy for grabbing news stories from foreign sources, translating them, and then comparing the reporting of international news stories from multiple perspectives.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Collaborate on Translations in Translator Toolkit
New from Google - Dictionary & Search Translations
Automatic Translation in Google Chrome

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Automatic Translation in Google Chrome

Google recently announced a new feature in the beta version of Google Chrome. The beta version of Chrome now offers automatic translations of webpages without the need for plug-ins or browser extensions. Now when you're browsing the web in Chrome and you come across a webpage that is written in a language other than the one set as your preferred language, Chrome will offer you a prompt asking you if you would like to have the page translated.

The translations in Chrome, of course, are performed by Google Translate. Like most beta products, there are probably some kinks that need to be worked out. The video below offers a little overview of the automatic translation feature in latest beta version of Google Chrome.

Applications for Education
The automatic translation option in this latest version of Chrome could be handy for foreign language students, ESL/ELL students, and teachers of those students.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Collaborate on Translations in Translator Toolkit
New from Google - Dictionary & Search Translations

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Collaborate on Translations in Translator Toolkit

The Google Translator Toolkit is a nice platform for quickly translating large chunks of text or entire webpages. You can use it by copying and pasting text you've written or you can paste a url and translate an entire webpage. The automatic translations are not perfect so the Translator Toolkit allows you to edit the translation. When you're translating, you will see the original document and the translated document side by side. Today, Google announced that you can now chat with collaborators while you're working on translations. The chat function in the Translator Toolkit works just like that the chat function in Gmail.
To learn more about the Google Translator Toolkit, watch the video below.

Applications for Education
The Google Translator Toolkit could be used by foreign language students to work together on the translation of documents. Teachers could develop practice activities using the Toolkit in which they post documents with translation errors and ask students to identify and correct the errors.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
CAPL - Images for Language Lessons
Study Spanish - Free Lessons With Progress Tracking
Story Place - Digital Stories in English and Spanish

Sunday, December 6, 2009

New from Google - Dictionary & Search Translation

Last week Google added a couple of new features to its services. Google now offers their own dictionary. The dictionary is available in twenty-eight languages.

Google also added a new search option. Users can now translate their search terms and search results without having to cut and paste into Google Translate. To use the new search translation, enter your search terms then select translate from the "more options" menu.

Applications for Education
The new search translation option could be useful for ESL students and students studying foreign languages. The dictionary option enables students to locate definitions of words in twenty-eight languages.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Visuwords - Online Graphical Dictionary
Visual Dictionary from Merriam Webster

Monday, November 16, 2009

Google Translate Adds Speech and Romanization

Today, Google announced some great improvements to its translation service. Google Translate now offers you the opportunity to hear translations read to you. The translation service now translates text as you type it rather than waiting for you to finish typing. If you want to translate an entire website, Google Translate now lets you do that by simply typing the url of the site you wish to translate into the translation text box. Click translate, and the entire site will be shown in the language of your choice. Click here to see what Free Technology for Teachers looks like in Chinese.

Google Translate
has now made it easier to handle non-Roman texts. For example, if you want to translate "how are you" into Chinese but you cannot read Chinese characters, the "show Romanization" option will write the sounds for you in English.

To learn more about all of the new translation features watch the video below.

Applications for Education
Google Translate can be a very useful tool for anyone that is studying a second language. Google Translate can also be useful for examining different perspectives of news stories. I have a colleague who teaches a global studies course in which he requires students to find, translate using Google Translate, read, and evaluate news articles written in other parts of the world.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Google Docs Integrates 42 Translation Options

Google Docs, my preferred word processing tool, just improved again. Today, on the Google Docs blog Google announced the integration of Google Translate into Google Docs. You can now translate any document in Google Docs into your choice of forty-two different languages. To use the new translation feature, just select the "translate" option under the "tools" drop-down menu. The screen capture below shows where to find the translation option.

Applications for Education
If you have students that live in homes where English is not the primary language, the new Google Docs translation option could be very useful. Now when you need to send a letter home, you can easily print it out in multiple languages.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

News From the Google World

Google made two announcements today regarding Google Translate and Google Maps. Through the Official Google Blog it was announced that Google Translate has added seven more languages to its service. 41 languages are now accommodated by Google Translate.

On the Google LatLong Blog it was announced that Google Maps Streetview now includes user generated images of popular cities and tourist attractions. The images come from public collections on Panoramio. The video below offers a short overview of the new user generated images in Google Maps Streetview.

Applications for Education
The addition of user-generated photos in Google Streetview increases the utility of Google Maps for creating virtual tours and or web quests. No longer do you and your students have to rely on just the standard Google Streetview image, you can now access more views and perspectives.

On a related note, 360 Cities is a great source of imagery to complement imagery found in Google Maps Streetview.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Google Reader Now Translates RSS Feeds

As I've written before, the Google Translate application can be useful for ESL/EFL students as well as for native English speakers trying to learn a new language. I've personally been using Google Translate as I prepare for my trip to China in April. Yesterday, Google announced that RSS feeds can now be translated inside Google Reader.

Applications for Education
What this announcement from Google means for foreign language and ESL teachers and students is that if there is a website, written in a foreign language, that you follow and translate frequently, you can now subscribe to an RSS feed that is translated for you.

Not sure what RSS is or what it can do for you? Check out this video from Common Craft.

Watch the same video with Chinese subtitles or another language of your choice here.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Website Translation from Google - Great for ESL

Google Translate is another great, free, tool from Google that educators might find useful. I learned about Google Translate from Terrie Byrne (we're not related that I know of) at Learn Perfect English. There are two options for using Google Translate. Option one is to copy and paste chunks of text from a website into the translate text box provided by Google then select the languages you wish to translate from and to. The second option is to copy and paste a website's url into the url box provided by Google Translate then select the languages you wish to have the content translated from and to. It's a simple system and is still in beta, but it worked well for the few websites I tested it with today.

The image below shows what the Google Translate system looks like.

Applications for Education
Google Translate should be a useful tool for ESL students and teachers. Google Translate will also be useful for foreign language students to practice and check their translations of vocabulary. One way that a foreign language teacher might use Google Translate is to have students search the Internet for a current events story (either hard news or entertainment news) then translate it into the language they're learning. Using Google Translate students will be able to check their work individually which allows the teacher more flexibilty in differentiating classroom instruction.