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translating documents: google

Posted by Lew Weinstein on February 23, 2007

How do we deal with French documents, since we don’t speak French?

We use a wonderful service provided on-line by Google which takes words, sentences, or whole documents in one language and translates them quickly into another.


To copy into Google translate, the input document has to be in computer readable form, so if you start with a hard copy, such as the real estate purchase agreement, you have to scan it first. 

My HP printer-copier-scanner-fax loads the scanned document directly into Word, from which it can be copied and pasted into the Google translate program.

TIP: Neither the scan nor the translate works perfectly, so you’ll have to use a dictionary for backup to clean up the results.


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