Google Translate launches in 12 languages

As recently announced, Google has now launched its Google Translate feature that allows non-English speakers to search content from the English web in 12 languages. The Mountain View, California-based company chose to release the site in beta offering the following languages: Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish with Spanish to English being the default option. Users enter queries in their native tongues, Google performs the search for the English equivalent and presents the user with translated search results. Users clicking on a search result will be guided to a machine-translated version of the original page.

Link: Google Translate
News source: vnunet

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I believe Google have the best Arabic and Chinese automatic translators out there, as they recently won a competition with them. They get funded by the US Government to improve these translators (as they're the two languages that most "threaten" the US).

Anyway, this is useful to if you want to go to another country for a holiday - you can search in english on their pages.

More useful the other way around of course

this is so cool... translate a whole page in an instant..
Ill be using this often

I think its just been translating to english on certain results returned, "Tranlate to english". This is the other way around, Translate english to (one of the 12 languages) . Nothing new but a nice add on.

The proper link for the actual news here is this one:

That is, the second tab, not the first tab.

It seems to work pretty well actually, although it probably depends on the source and destination language a bit. I think Google has varying degrees of accuracy depending on the languages involved. But searching on Arabic sites in English worked reasonably well at least, given the common limitations with computer-aided translations.