Use Google Translate For Whole Page on Any Browser

     

Use Google Translate For Whole Page on Any BrowserThere’s a translator built in the Chrome browser that uses the same database than Google Translate tool. So if you’re using Google Chrome you essentially have Google Translate at your disposal all the time.

But what if you don’t use the Chrome browser? Perhaps you don’t like some of its features. Or maybe you don’t want to give too much information to Google. All very legit reasons. But at the same time, you still want to use Google Translate, right? Of course, you can go to the Google Translate tool and copy & paste the whoel text of a foreign website there? That could be rather inconvenient and luckily, there’s an easier way.

Just type the website address you want to translate to the left box and select the language you want to read the website in. Now we want to read the German magazine Spiegel in English. Type www.spiegel.de in the box on the left…

Using Google Translate tool to translate a whole website…and hit “Translate” and you’ll be presented an English version of www.spiegel.de:

Google Translate has translated a whole foreign website

See, that simple. Now you have your favorite foreign website in your language. You can browse the website normally and click links – all the other pages will be translated by the tool as well.

Sometimes, Google doesn’t detect the website’s language. I don’t know why, but in this case you can change the “From” field to the actual language (assuming you know it), rather than letting Google to try finding it out with “Detect language” switched on.

Google Proxy in your weblogs?

Google Translate is essentially a proxy. It sits between your computer and the website you want to translate. When you use the Google Translate for whole website, the translate tool has to visit that website, fetch the data and translate it. This will naturally leave a trace in logs of the visited website. The person viewing the logs will see that someone from IP address assigned to Google visited his website.

For example, I saw the IP 66.249.81.139 visiting my website. Curious, I checked its reverse DNS to find out more clues about the visitor. The reverse DNS for that IP, google-proxy-66-249-81-139.google.com, led me to initially think that a Google employee dropped a visit. Well, turned out it wasn’t a human, but the IP that Google Translate tool uses. Somebody from a foreign country had used the translate tool on my website. Hence the Google IP address on web server logs.

Now, proxies are sometimes used to keep the original IP address completely private. However, I could also see the original IP – somebody from Costa Rica – in the logs in a way that indicated this Costa Rican IP used the Google Translate tool. So keep in mind, you will not gain any privacy by using this tool.

Conclusion

Google Translate for whole website is a fantastic way to read websites of the world. It can help you understanding foreign news, papers, documents, even studies. Surely, the translation is not made by human so errors exist, but the general idea can usually be grasped.

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