Translating is a snap using the Free Online Translation Toolkit over at Translate.Google.com. The toolkit allows you to either Enter Text, a Web Page URL or Upload a Document that needs to be translated. Before using for business or anything confidential however, be sure to read the Terms of Service as mentioned below.
To get started, you have a few options.
Option 1 – Keep it Simple
If you just want a quick and simple translation without the frills, just head over to http://translate.google.com. As mentioned above, either Enter in your text, Website or Click Upload a document. Then choose between 50 different languages to Translate To/From and Click Translate.
Option 1 is nice because you don’t need to login with a Google account yet you can still use the nice Upload features. If your looking for more advanced features however, Option 2 is probably for you.
Option 2 – Google Translator Toolkit
Google has thrown in some nice features with the Google Translator Toolkit. Here’s a few of them:
- Correct automatic translations in an easy-to-use editor.
- Search past translations to find words for new translations.
- Publish translations to Wikipedia™ or Knol.
- Collaborate with other translators.
- Use advanced tools like translation memories and multilingual glossaries.
Rather than show you a Step-by-Step through the tool, here’s a video Google created which does a pretty good job of showing off the Free Online Service:
And of course before you and your company JUMP IN WITH BOTH FEET and start using the service to translate all your legal documents, be sure to read the Google Translator TERMS OF SERVICE. Here’s a few lines I found interesting:
Use of your Content
By submitting your content through the Service, you grant Google the permission to use your content permanently to promote, improve or offer the Services. If Google publicly displays any of the content you submitted through the Service, Google will display only portion(s) and not the entirety of the content at one time.
Wow… So, like I said it’s all about being an informed consumer. Google Translator is a cool service but like all things Google, nothing is free. If your going to be using it at work, you should make sure your Legal dept. reviews both the Google Translator Terms AND the general Google Terms of Service. You should find Sections 11.1 – 11.4 very interesting.