Thursday, May 24, 2007 9:48 AM
For some time, you could use Google Translate to translate chunks of text, or even whole web pages, instantly, from one language into another. For non-native English speakers, researchers, or just the curious, this feature has allowed users to access and digest information in languages they do not read or speak. Google Translate was born out of the belief that the search for information must be able to transcend language barriers, and the librarian who sent us the following note surely agrees:
"I'm a librarian at a major public library. A couple of days ago, a woman approached the reference desk and asked about finding local government information in Spanish. I showed her how to use your language translation page, and her response was so enthusiastic I was overwhelmed. She told me I opened a whole new world for her! It was a great feeling to help this woman!"
But what if this library patron could not only translate chunks of text or single web pages? What if she could conduct, in Spanish, full searches over English content and read the complete results in her native tongue? Well, now she can. We're happy to announce that as of today, users can now search in their native languages for content in other languages, and have that content served to them in their own languages. Instantly.
Check out Google Translate at http://translate.google.com and then select the "Search Results" tab. Please note that while this feature is currently available for a handful of major languages, we're working to expand this list.
For more details on this launch, see the post on the main Google blog.
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