Tech – for Everyone

Tech Tips and Tricks & Advice – written in plain English.

Translating Human

I don’t understand what you said.

Fortunately for me, I have help “translating” what you said (or, more accurately, wrote) – thanks to “tech” and the Internet.

Do not get me wrong, I do not use these services very often (most people communicate to me in fairly decent English) but when I need them, I need them. If you know what I mean.

When I run across a phrase, or some website, so rude as to be in some language other than American English, I first go to Babel Fish. Babel Fish allows me to ‘paste’ up to 150 words into the ‘translator box’, choose my language – to – English (in my case) conversion, and – click – I will instantly have a rough idea of what’s being said. Or I can enter a website’s URL, and the whole page will be ‘converted’.
I have yet to try using Google’s Goggles app on my ‘droid (see, Does Your Android Wear Goggles?)

When someone is using American English, but their choice of phrase or colloquialism (“expression”) is unfamiliar to me (maybe because I don’t get out enough..) I use one of three ‘options’:
* if I suspect the phrase is young and hip ‘street talk’ or popular slang, I go straight to the Urban Dictionary.
* if I suspect the phrase is regional, or from an era before my time, I look in Phrases.net.
* [Parents take note] if I am asked to decipher a teenager’s chat ‘texting’ (more accurately, “lingo”) – which is deliberately not meant for adults to understand – I use either Lingo2Word, which is a ‘paste in’ instant translator very much like Babel Fish, or NoSlang.com which has the same tool as well as a dictionary. NoSlang is a bit more comprehensive.. it includes “net speak” (Internet slang).
Bonus Quick link: 25 Internet Slang Terms All Parents Should Know)

And last but not least.. I can ‘Google it’.

I think, out of all of those.. I use Urban Dictionary the most. But I am not a parent. If I were, I would bookmark NoSlang…

Today’s free link: Download FREE Microsoft Office Training Manuals and Quick Reference Guides

Most people only know the basics of this powerful Office Suite and only challenge themselves to learn more when the the environment they are working in demands its. Any edge you can get to make your job easier, with Microsoft Office, can pay dividends in the end; not only for you, but for those you are working for.

Bonus bonus: Take a look at Google today. They have one of their “artsy” name mods up…

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March 31, 2011 - Posted by | advice, computers, how to, Internet | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. Hello again Paul.

    Thanks for these links. The Office 2010 Quick Reference Guides are particularly helpful.

    Had to laugh when I saw Babel Fish. Being a dinosaur in the field, it reminded me of an old text adventure game based on “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”… Until you found that Babel Fish you couldn’t understand alien languages.

    Thanks again!

    Like

    Comment by KsTinMan | April 1, 2011 | Reply

    • KsTinMan,
      Thank you for letting me know you found the article helpful.. and amusing.
      (Even accidentally…)

      Like

      Comment by techpaul | April 1, 2011 | Reply


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