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I have once featured Google Translate compared against Transposh WordPress plugin sometime in October wherein I’ve made use of both translation mediums to determine which one out performs the other.
Irrespective of who gets my vote, I’ve decided to install Google Translate on this blog to minimize plugin usage, reduce server load and increase page load time.
Google Translate gadget isn’t resource hungry after all.
Recently, Google Translate has raised the bar and introduced additional savvy features that users will find helpful.
Among the new additions include instant translation which allows words being translated as you type. The Romanization feature however translates Chinese/Han characters into English phonetically which also supports Hebrew, Arabic and Persian.
The most attractive feature though is the text-to-speech integration which allows translation of English words or texts being pronounced. This way, familiarity with pronunciation would be helpful especially for those trying to learn the English language however the pronunciation of words cannot be expected as standard but at least getting a hint does matter for a starter.
Aside from text translations, Google Translate allows webpage translations simply by typing the URL of the website you’re trying to read and understand then it will automatically translate the website for you.
I’d be stunned if Google could implement auto-translation of web pages (in all possible languages) depending on where in the world your website is being rendered or viewed. Of course, it would be better if the user’s browser settings have full control over the experience. Isn’t it amazing?