At last, Google has released something that will benefit Google Talk users too! Just yesterday they announced that new translation bots have been added to Google Talk. That means that you can essentially “chat” with the bot, and whatever you say to them, they’ll translate it back. It works by adding a bot as one of your friends. So for example, I added the Chinese speaking bot to my friend list (firstname.lastname@example.org), and then when I said “Hello,” it responded with “Hello” in Chinese. When I said “How are you?” it responded with the same, just translated in Chinese, nifty, huh?
There are a handful of different languages that have translation bots already created for them like English to French or English to Italian. All you’d have to do is find the corresponding name (English to French is en2fr) and plug it in to the following address: email@example.com. So English to French would be firstname.lastname@example.org. Other languages available include:
ar2en, bg2en, de2en, de2fr, el2en, en2ar, en2de, en2el, en2es, en2fr, en2it, en2ja, en2ko, en2nl, en2ru, en2zh, es2en, fi2en, fr2de, fr2en, hi2en, hr2en, it2en, ja2en, ko2en, nl2en, ru2en, uk2en, ur2en, zh2en
Given that I don’t speak Chinese, I had no clue how well it translated what was said. Over at Google Blogoscoped, one of the people who commented pointed out how the quality of the translation “is still laughably (or painfully) bad.” So that answered my question. Just with any other translation service, expect that things won’t always translate perfectly. Regardless, it’s still a nice and convenient translation service.
Source: Google Talk Blog