TRAVEL with pat and lew

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.

(http://www.google.com/language_tools?hl=en)

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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