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Help Google translate its site into non-English languages

posted by Jason Kottke   Nov 24, 2003

Help Google translate its site into non-English languages.

Reader comments

brianNov 24, 2003 at 3:46PM

They can’t even translate their site to ‘English (UK)’ (presently listed at 0%). What’s up with that?

Joe HornnNov 24, 2003 at 4:19PM

So Google gets $200,000,000 in net income and can’t hire their own translators?

CatherineNov 24, 2003 at 5:54PM

Man, I wish people would volunteer to make my enterprises worth more money. Also, how is it that some languages are more than 100% translated?

liaNov 24, 2003 at 6:36PM

The Tagalog translation is a unwieldy piece of shit, the translation is so pained and awkward I get the feeling it was probably done by someone who learned Tagalog from a book or class, i.e. not someone who actually comfortable speaking the language. Never mind that it’s useless except as a novelty since any Filipino who can go online already speaks English — and if I’m going to go the novelty route, give me the Swedish Chef any day. Bork bork bork!

I’ve thought about fixing the translation, but you know what? It’s too much work to do for free, especially for a company that’s got the money to have it done professionally. Google, ya gets what ya pays for.

liaNov 24, 2003 at 6:37PM

“someone who is actually comfortable”, I meant to say.

Damn you Jason Kottke and your blog’s lack of a preview button!

anonNov 24, 2003 at 11:00PM

Google’s translated-by-volunteers system predates their profitability. It seems petty now, but it used to make a lot of sense. It still does, for small-market languages, where a single motivated fluent speaker could make a localized interface the company didn’t care enough to make itself.

NickNov 25, 2003 at 3:36PM

Two questions:
1) What the hell kind of language is ‘Elmer Fudd’?
2) How can something be more than 100% complete?
(read the list of languages if you are wondering what I’m talking about).

Michael S.Nov 27, 2003 at 12:40AM

The FAQ says that a previously “100% complete” language can become less complete if new messages are added to the Google interface. So I guess this is an example of the reverse.

charles s.Nov 27, 2003 at 5:14PM

if it predates their profitability then they should change it. durr.

BobbyNov 29, 2003 at 11:26AM

This seems like a perfect opportunity to play a karma prank on Google in lieau of all the AdSense bs.

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