What if translating text to a different language was as easy as highlighting text in your browser? It can be, if you pick up the gTranslate add-on for Firefox. With gTranslate installed, you can quickly translate any text on any webpage just by selecting the text you want to translate and right-clicking on it with your mouse.
Having worked in the support field for most of my life, I run into foreign languages a lot. While gTranslate is not the perfect solution, it does do the job. It uses Google’s translation service to do the language conversions. Short of learning a new language, this is the best tool we have to use out there online today.
Some of the features of gTranslate include:
- Option to automatically identify the language of the original text.
- Option to detect the “lang” attribute of the of the selected text (or the whole page).
- Option to set the destination language to the browser locale.
- Replace texts from input and textareas form fields.
- Image title or alt attributes can be translated too.
You can also translate to and from the following languages:
Afrikaans, Albanian, Arabic, Belarusian, Bulgarian, Batalan, Chinese, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Filipino, Finnish, French, Galician, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malay, Maltese, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese, Welsh, and Yiddish.
Want to give it a shot? You can pick up gTranslate from the Firefox Add-ons website.