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  1. SunSeven profile image58
    SunSevenposted 9 years ago

    Since we have a lot of non-english and ESL members and readers, I think it will be a good idea to have a 'translate this page' widget or something similar. For example I get considerable traffic from google.com.ph, google.com.pk, google.de, google.se, google.fr, google.fi, google.com.br, google.com.mx    , google.nl, google.no, google.it etc.

  2. guidebaba profile image57
    guidebabaposted 9 years ago

    Excellent Suggestion SunSeven.

  3. Uninvited Writer profile image83
    Uninvited Writerposted 9 years ago

    As long as the translation actually makes sense wink

  4. Mark Knowles profile image62
    Mark Knowlesposted 9 years ago

    I honestly think it is a waste of time. I have a bunch of foreign language versions of my site and I despair of getting it translated automatically and making any sense.

    1. Princessa profile image86
      Princessaposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      automatic translation are a waste of time, I have never used one that is worth recommending.  Usually they just make translating longer and more difficult.

  5. guidebaba profile image57
    guidebabaposted 9 years ago

    Sir Mark: I went to ihaozhai but did not understand. Had there been a "Translate This: Button, it would have been useful.

  6. Mark Knowles profile image62
    Mark Knowlesposted 9 years ago

    lol

    Ihaozhai is a Chinese language version of my main blog. And a translate this button would have done you no good at all. The auto systems just turn it into gobbledegook smile

  7. Pete Michner profile image77
    Pete Michnerposted 9 years ago

    Maybe one day there could be other hubpages just like how the English Wikipedia is at http://en.wikipedia.org and the Spanish one is at http://es.wikipedia.org and so on, the English hubpages could be http://en.hubpages.com, the Chinese one http://cn.hubpages.com, etc...
    P.S. how do you make those examples I just gave un-hyperlinked?

  8. Mark Knowles profile image62
    Mark Knowlesposted 9 years ago

    Hubpages have talked about a foreign language version. The problem, of course, is you need a system admin that is fluent in that language smile

  9. Pete Michner profile image77
    Pete Michnerposted 9 years ago

    您做一個好观点 smile
    (I just said he made a good point)

    1. guidebaba profile image57
      guidebabaposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Just translated and got - 您做一個好观点 = You do a good view (What does this mean? !@#$%^&)mad

  10. guidebaba profile image57
    guidebabaposted 9 years ago

    Sir Mark: "gobbledegook" Thank you for this info. I will work on this "Translation" Topic and see how useful it actually is ! Never tried it very seriously.

    roll

  11. Mark Knowles profile image62
    Mark Knowlesposted 9 years ago

    It is easy enough to try out. Just throw any URL into this and hey presto! Gobbledegook smile

    http://translate.google.com/translate_t?hl=en

    1. rmr profile image81
      rmrposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Maybe if you put in gobbledegook, you'll get something sensible back.

  12. SunSeven profile image58
    SunSevenposted 9 years ago

    Ah! Babel smile big_smile

    1. premsingh profile image60
      premsinghposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Oh! No SunSeven, Are you getting jealous of princessa's new avatar?

  13. guidebaba profile image57
    guidebabaposted 9 years ago

    Sir Mark: translated my website from English to Hindi through your suggested site. It makes the job even worse. I can do it much better manually. But I am still wondering on the Technology/Programming they use. I am myself a Programmer and an expert in Visual Basic and have developed several programs. But this translation programming is out of my head.sad

  14. Adjust profile image51
    Adjustposted 9 years ago

    Excellent suggestion SunSeven, it is like a welcome to our visitors, but in my opinion this is not the time for the HubPages to do it. 

    <snipped unrelated links>

  15. Squimpleton profile image77
    Squimpletonposted 9 years ago

    Like everyone else said. Auto-translators are usually not good enough. The best option would be to make alternate hubpages domain and have the authors manually translate their hubs themselves kind of like in wikipedia.

  16. SunSeven profile image58
    SunSevenposted 9 years ago

    Auto-translators are good enough for me. That is how I manage to get traffic from non-english domains smile

    1. Mark Knowles profile image62
      Mark Knowlesposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Now I am confused. You want a "translate this" widget because you get traffic from foreign domains. But you get this traffic because of auto translators? smile

      And which language would "Translate this" be in? lol

      1. SunSeven profile image58
        SunSevenposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        Now, Didn't I smile

        Preferably in braille or sign language or both big_smile

        I can give you a list of non-English bookmarking sites if you wish smile

        1. Mark Knowles profile image62
          Mark Knowlesposted 9 years agoin reply to this

          lol

          This one sent me 30,000 visits last month:

          http://www.ize.hu/

          And this one is pretty good also:

          http://new.e-go.gr/default.asp?catid=6474&tag=11216

          But yes please, send me your list, and I will send you mine. smile

          1. vietnamese profile image73
            vietnameseposted 9 years agoin reply to this

            hahahaa... sounded like: "show me yours and I'll show you mine"

          2. SunSeven profile image58
            SunSevenposted 9 years agoin reply to this
            1. Mark Knowles profile image62
              Mark Knowlesposted 9 years agoin reply to this

              lol

              Nice list. But - I will not be giving my list away for free. smile

              You are too generous.

              I barely interact on English speaking social networking sites lol

  17. compu-smart profile image60
    compu-smartposted 9 years ago

    Si Si, senorita, moi bien idea:)

    Choww!!
    smile

  18. SunSeven profile image58
    SunSevenposted 9 years ago

    smile

  19. hot dorkage profile image80
    hot dorkageposted 9 years ago

    I have a few technical articles here in hubpages.  Technical articles deal in concepts that are mostly nonverbal if you get right down to it.  You just need enough verbiage to trigger the neurons in your readers' brains.  I am fluent in Spanish but I would hate to have to translate my articles, it would be like writing them over again.  When I look at the auto translate to Spanish it seems comprehensible to me, even though the grammer is horribly tortured.  I have a technical Mexican friend who speaks little to no English and I asked him to evaluate the autotranslation.  Here is what he said:  Of course the translators mangle the grammar but there are enough words in there that he can connect the dots.  He also said he refers to the original english article for the code samples because sometimes the translator messes those up to the point where they're useless.   I'm with Sunseven, the auto translates are givin me nonbounce   hits from Spain Argentina and Mexico.   I can't speak to languages I don't know, but I suspect that the quality of autotranslate varies between different languages.

  20. Mark Knowles profile image62
    Mark Knowlesposted 9 years ago

    Still not catching your drift I'm afraid. (Try auto translation that) big_smile

    You are already getting auto-translated visitors, so you think we need a widget on the English hubpage - written in English to tell people to hit a button to translate it into their language? Or perhaps a big pile of flags with 翻譯此 or whichever language next to them.

    I have  a Chinese version of one of my sites - and the auto translation is horrible. Truly awful. Incomprehensible in fact. I have to pay some one to translate it and for all I know it says, "Kill all the western devils." smile

    爱豪宅豪华房产信息

    1. vietnamese profile image73
      vietnameseposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Even a human translator still not be able to translate that needless to say auto translators!

  21. hot dorkage profile image80
    hot dorkageposted 9 years ago

    yeah, didn't you know the Arabic autotranslators all say Death to all western infidels, no matter what you put into them.  wink  Spanish French, Porto, German and Italian autotranslates, I can kinda tell if they are in the ballpark.  I won't mess with Japanese, Chinese and Arabic.

  22. premsingh profile image60
    premsinghposted 9 years ago

    Adding a auto-translate widget may help non-English visitors to translate the hubpage in their own language. This may be understood from this example - When you visit a non-English bookmark site using Google there is provision to translate that page in English so that you can register on that site and bookmark your site. If a visitor comes to your page, auto translate widget may help to understand content of that page if page is translated to that particular language. Its true that none of the translator will perfectly translate but non-english visitor will be able to understand the contents of the page.

 
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