written by: Nicholas•edited by: Rebecca Scudder•updated: 3/29/2010
Need to translate some English to Chinese? This is definitely not a skill that most Americans have. However, that's where translation services such as Google translate come in handy. Although not 100% accurate, Google translate works good enough to get a point across.
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Basic Google Translate
Using Google translate English to Chinese is one of the easiest ways of translating text on the web. To get started, simply visit the Google Translate home page. From there, the process is very straight forward. Type the English text into the first text box. Select English using the first drop down menu "Translate from:." Next, select Chinese using the second drop down menu "Translate into:." After you have done that, click the Translate button. Google Translate should immediately display the Chinese translation of your text. Here is an example translation:
Alternatively, if you want to translate Chinese text to English, Google Translate is capable of doing that as well. To do this, simply select Chinese in the first drop down menu, and English in the second drop down menu. Reverse the process.
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Google Translated Search
The second option on the Google Translate homepage is Translated Search. Basically, translated search allows you to search the web using Google, in a different language. You can type any English text into Translated Search, and it will search Chinese websites. From there, it will list the original Chinese websites on the right, and the English versions of those websites on the left. As far as accuracy, Google Translated Search seems to be fairly accurate. English translations are pieced together nicely, and most search results are clear and make sense.
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The third element of Google Translate is Translator Toolkit. Translator Toolkit works as a handy tool for editing documents in foreign languages. Although most people don't have a use for it, Translator Toolkit may come in handy, especially for web developers and students who are enrolled in foreign language studies. Google Translator Toolkit works by allowing you to type in any English URL. For example, enter a BrightHub article URL. From there, it translates the entire webpage to Chinese and saves it as a document. Now, you can correct and edit the document to your liking.
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Tools and Resources
The final element of Google Translate is Tools and Resources. Tools and Resources is a simple way to convert your website or blog to other languages. To use Google Tools and Resources, start by choosing the native language of your website. In this case, the native language would be English. From there, you can choose to enable translation for all languages or specific ones. For this tutorial, you may want to have a simple English to Chinese translator. Under the Choose optional settings listing, select Specific Languages. From there, put a checkmark next to Chinese. Click the Preview and Try! button to see a sample of how Google Tools and Resources works. Finally, copy the HTML code that pops up in the snippet box.
After you have done all of that, you will need to paste this code into an available spot on your website. For example, if you are using the popular blogging platform WordPress, you can simply paste this code into the sidebar, using a widget.
That's really all there is to it. Now when people visit your website, they will be able to translate all of the text from English to Chinese in a simple easy to use manner.
Below is a Google 'Translate English to Chinese' of this article.