A friggin good idea

Thanks to Google Translate, I now have no shortage of overly pretentious people emailing me in obscure foreign languages to show off how cool they are and how stupid I am for not knowing what the national language of Uzbekistan looks like in an email. Google Translate doesn’t automatically recognise and distinguish between languages so up till now I have just ignored their emails or told them to f**k off(not an altogether unappealing solution), however I now have another option:

Have a written work on your hands you can’t even identify for translation purposes? LangId analyzes a snippet of the text and tells you what language it is written in.

You can input text into LangId in multiple ways. The screenshot above shows the results from simply cutting and pasting text into the dialog box. You can also upload a DOC, PDF, or XLS file for analysis, send the (short) text to LangId via Twitter, or email the document to them for an automatic reply.

LangId is a free service, requires no signup, and can identify 85 languages.

LangId [via MakeUseOf]

Courtesy of Lifehacker.

I will probably still tell them to f**k off though.

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2 thoughts on “A friggin good idea

  1. Dude, you need to check out google translate again… they automatically “detect language” now.
    http://translate.google.com/#

    Whack this javascipt into your bookmarks to make it easy …

    javascript:function x(){loc=location.href; lang=prompt(‘Choose%20destination%20language%20(2%20chars%20abbreviation):%20′,’en’); if (lang.length==2){flag=true;}else{flag=false; alert (‘Invalid%20language%20abbreviation.’)}text = ”; if (window.getSelection) { text= window.getSelection(); } else if (document.getSelection) { text = document.getSelection(); } else if (document.selection) { text = document.selection.createRange().text;}}function y(){if((flag==true)&&(text==”)){location=’http://translate.google.com/translate?u=’%20+%20encodeURIComponent(loc)+’&sl=auto&tl=’+lang;}} function z(){if ((flag==true) && (text!=”)){ var res=window.open(‘http://translate.google.com/translate_t?text=’+text+’&sl=auto&tl=’+ lang ,’gTranslate_popup’,’left=’+((window.screenX||window.screenLeft)+10)+’,top=’+((window.screenY||window.screenTop)+10)+’,height=500px,width=640px,resizable=1,scrollbars=1′);window.setTimeout(function(){ res.focus()},300)}} x(); y(); z();

  2. Ahhhh in the drop-downs…..glad to see Google Translate has caught up with the times. Too bad, if I had known this I might not have bothered, but the other service looks genuinely better:

    “You can input text into LangId in multiple ways. The screenshot above shows the results from simply cutting and pasting text into the dialog box. You can also upload a DOC, PDF, or XLS file for analysis, send the (short) text to LangId via Twitter, or email the document to them for an automatic reply.”

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