Google Translate

6 May

Have you tried out Google Translate yet? If not, I think you will be very interested :)

Let’s say you click on one of my links and… dangit! It’s all written in Japanese! I don’t know what it says!

No fear. Go to Google Translate, type in the web address and the language you want the page translated to, and voila! The page is translated into the language of your choice. It is not 100% accurate, but it’s good enough where you will probably get the gist of what the page says.

For example, here is Hiragana Mama translated into Japanese:

And translated into French:

Neat, right? Now you can “read” all those websites you thought you’d never be able to understand. Woohoo!

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You may also be interested in Hiragana Megane. It will add furigana (little hiragana) on top of the words for you.

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2 Responses to “Google Translate”

  1. Rafael January 9, 2012 at 2:02 PM #

    What’s the translation (Japanese to English) for the word “mama”. Example, in the music i read this: “Kitto anata sae mo kizu tsukete boku wa ugokenu mama” or another example “Sono mama ……..”

    Thanks for the help.

    Ja ne

    • Hiragana Mama January 9, 2012 at 10:18 PM #

      “mama” in that sense is a very difficult word to describe. Here are 3 different meanings:
      1) There’s no change in the situation.
      2) Looks just like something.
      3) Right away, following an ongoing action.
      “Telebi wo minagara sono mama nechatta” means “I fell asleep while watching TV (not having changed positions since watching TV)”. In English, “mama” often doesn’t translate directly into words.

      I am not a linguist, somebody else could probably explain it better! Good luck.

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