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January 18th, 2013 by Michael Tunnell

Two Google Translate Bookmarkets

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Recently I have been working on a Linux project called "uGet" which is a download manager app for Linux (Ubuntu, Fedora, Mint, OpenSUSE, etc) and I have been trying to do some social networking for it through Twitter. Turns out a lot of people who use download managers and Linux and Twitter speak languages other than English. "Go Figure" I know, right! Interestingly enough, the most popular language among these users is Indonesian. It doesn't need to be said but I will...I don't know Indonesian AT ALL, so when I want to tell them about uGet I need to use a translator and the best free option right now is Google Translate.


While using Google Translate to converse with these people I quickly realized this is a very tedius and slow process...(1.) Select Text in Tweet (2.) Open up Google Translate (3.) Paste text into Google Translate's from field. (4.) Selected Auto-Detect as FROM language (5.) English as TO language (6.) Hit translate button.


Bookmarklet #1:

I tried to find a better way but unfortunately there wasn't one so I just decided to make it. I'm pleased to share my solution which is a Bookmarklet - that allows you to Select text and instantly send it to Google Translate by opening a new tab in your browser. It also selects Auto-Detected as FROM and English as TO automatically before it translates the selected text.


Bookmarklet #2:

I am not 100% sure where I found this bookmarklet but just want to make it clear that I didn't make this one, anyway. The second bookmarklet allows you to easily and quickly translate whatever page you are currently on via Google Translate.


Installation Instructions:

To install the bookmarklets, just drag & drop the following links to your Bookmarks Toolbar or your Bookmarks/Favorites menu. This will work on all browsers. If you are having problems then just right click the following bookmarklets and choose "Copy Link Location" or "Copy Link Address" and just paste the code into a new bookmark you can create in whatever browser you use.



Google Translate Selected Text (English)

Google Translate Current Webpage



For those of you who want to translate selected text into a language other than English, use one of the following bookmarklets:

Afrikaans Chinese (Traditional) Galacian Irish Maltese Swahili
Albanian Croation Georgian Italian Norwegian Swedish
Arabic Czech German Japanese Persian Tamil
Armenian Danish Greek Kannada Polish Telugu
Azerbaijani Dutch Gujarati Korean Portugese Thai
Basque English* Haitian Creole Lao Romanian Turkish
Belarusian Esperanto Hebrew Latin Russian Ukrainian
Bengali Estonian Hindi Latvian Serbian Urdu
Bulgarian Filipino Hungarian Lituanian Slovak Vietnamese
Catalan Finnish Icelandic Macedonian Slovenian Welsh
Chinese (Simplified) French Indonesian Malay Spanish Yiddish

*default option.



Keyboard-Fu Video Tutorial for using the Google Translate Selected Text Bookmarklet with FireFox's bookmark keyword feature.



Have you tried this bookmarklet? What do you think of it?

Please let me know in the comments section below...