Gmail recently added Translate to their Labs features. Now I can instantly translate foreign language emails and see what people are saying.
Unfortunately the translation usually just confirms my suspicion that I’m being spammed or scammed, but it’s good to actually know that and not simply suspect it.
I use Gmail through the web interface, largely because of all the extra features, such as this one.
To translate messages within Gmail:
- Go to the
Gmail Settingsand ensure
Message translationis enabled, then Save the updated Settings.
- Open a message in a supported foreign language. At the time of writing around 40 languages seem to be supported.
- Click on the downward pointing arrow beside the Reply button at the top right of the message. A drop-down menu appears.
Translate Messagefrom that menu. A grey bar appears at the top of the message, with various translation options.
- Choose languages to translate from and to or just use the
Detect languagedefault, then click the
Translate messagelink at the left end of the grey bar.
- Google translates the message and displays the translation in place of the original.
As always with machine translations they aren’t necessarily very fluent or even accurate. However, in my experience the results are sufficient for me to gain a good idea of what the correspondent was aiming to say.
In the screenshots attached to this post a commenter had left a message on a blog post at Run Spot Run. These particular comments added no value to the post and were probably intended just to add links to their site. I deleted the comments.