Babel Fish site translates pages in 12 languages

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September 05, 2004

Punch up: www.babelfish.alta vista.com

Why it clicks: It's a global economy out there. But taking advantage of international opportunities can be tough if your foreign-language skills have been in cold storage since high school.

The download: Babel Fish quickly translates 12 languages into English (and vice versa) and has a feature to translate entire Web pages. Traditional Romance languages are covered, as are Chinese, Japanese, Dutch, German and Russian. Want to decipher the home page of a Korean company? It's a snap with Babel Fish. Is that e-mail from Athens all Greek to you? Copy it into Babel Fish, and the program can make sense of it.

The translations are not perfect, so you'll want a qualified human translator for drafting important papers. But for a basic understanding of foreign documents and Web pages, Babel Fish is wunderbar.

- Matthew Kauffman, The Hartford Courant

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