English to Greek to Thai

The Bing translator (http//:www.bing.com/translator) instantly translates anything you write in English into one of 40 other languages. Co jsou sač? (“What are they?” in Czech). From A to V, choose Arabic, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese (Traditional and Simplified*), Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Haitian Creole, Hebrew, Hindi, Hmong Daw, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Malay, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian,  Russian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, or Vietnamese.

This site, which started life as babelfish.com, will also translate any website page in seconds. To see how efficiently it performs, choose a crowded web page, paste its URL into the let-hand field, click Translate, and see how the page that pops up has translated every word save those in advertisements.

Attention Trekkies! In April 2013 the site added Klingon, the language heard on Star Trek, to its drop-down menu – and in both its spoken and written form, no less. To accomplish this feat Bing partnered with CBS, Paramount, the Klingon Language Institute, and Dr. Mark Okrand, a linguist who helped develop Klingon for the Star Trek TV series launched by Gene Rodenberry in 1966. The addition coincides with the recent release of the film Star Trek Into Darkness, and the franchise’s staying power suggests Klingon may stick around as a translation option for the long haul. Chon!  (Cool!)

*Traditional Chinese (TC) is the written, not spoken, text used in Hong Kong and Taiwan. The newer Simplified Chinese (SC) is written text with fewer brush strokes and is used in mainland China and by ethnic Chinese in Singapore. By the way, Mandarin and Cantonese are spoken dialects, and Cantonese is largely confined to Hong Kong.

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