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Is it  possible to dynamically convert string variables given in english to any other language(Eg:japanese).
Say for example user enters a string in english in textbox from UI. It should be wriiten into a file with the equivalent japanese word.Please help.........

Wednesday, July 14, 2004

You don't really thing this sort of thing is straightforward do you? You need real people to do this who are native speakers of the target language and fluent in the source language.

Programmatically, you could use: (Babelfish) or

But the translations will be at best pretty rough and approximate, at worst very funny/unintelligible.

Duncan Smart
Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Worse than that, you may end up with some culturally insulting "translation".

Simply swapping the words and re-arranging them to fit the grammar (e.g. verb at end for German, etc) is not enough.

Steve Jones (UK)
Sunday, July 18, 2004

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