Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Google Translate Makes Garden Blog Reading Even More Fun

A few weeks ago, I took an advanced google search class for my job at the library. I had used it before, but was reintroduced to google translate. We have many Spanish speaking patrons and this little tool makes asking questions a little easier. No magic bullet just one more resource.

How does this apply to garden blogging? Well, I love the photography on the blog Garden Life . His English is very good. My Japanese, not so much, er, at all. Now I just highlight his text, copy, move it over to google translate and boom, I can read what he is writing. Now I can enjoy the thoughts and words as well as the photos.

There are more blogs on Blotanical written in languages other than English. Now I am off to enjoy their blogs without the language barrier.

Give it a try.

19 comments:

  1. Debbie .. it isn't perfect BUT it does get most of the context across to us unilingual? people LOL .. I have to check and see if mine needs updating. Good Point girl !

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  2. What a coincidence! I added the Google translate button to my sidebar last night!

    However, I have noticed a hilarious consequence from reading my blog in Spanish - translating the top left hand sidebar back (my translation back, not Google's) it's saying that the opinions rather than views from my allotment and garden help!

    However, most of the rest of the text looks pretty good to me!

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  3. I also like Google translate, and if I used Blogger, I would have a translate button on my sidebar too. Instead, I have another type. I like your idea of copying the text and moving it to translate. Thanks for the info.~~Dee

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  4. Yes, it's really handy as you "visit" around the globe. Unfortunately, it doesn't translate "Texan" into English. Too bad!

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  5. Manchmal ist es ziemlich lustig, wie die Uebersetzung raus kommt! :)

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  6. Joy, no it isn't but we can still get the idea.

    VP, You're right some of the translations are funny.

    Dee, I need to add the button. The copy and paste thing works pretty good.

    Nola, Lets go see how it handles howdy and fixin.

    Monica, es scheint nicht zu übersetzen Grammatik funktioniert es?

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  7. This is something I've been meaning to do for a while. Thanks for the metaphorical nudge.

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  8. Well, how wonderful! I come across blogs from time to time, admire their lovely photos, then look at what appears to be gobbledy-gook. I am lost.
    Brenda

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  9. Good for you to do that! To be honest, I never thought about it until I got a comment in German. I was scrambling around the internet trying to translate and spell thank you in German! :)

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  10. Okay Debbi, you're going to have to go slow and speack clearly as I am not sure how to do this. :) Sounds like it would be a great tool though.(I'm very techno challenged!)

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  11. You're welcome Mr. McGregors Daughter.

    Brenda, It is a lot of fun to use.

    Linda, I did the same thing.

    Beckie, Just go to google and type in google translate it is simple from there.

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  12. Thanks for the info about translation. That will come in handy!

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  13. cindydyer, it is there for all of us and a lot of fun.

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