Grinning Gecko LogoI finally got around to setting up my labs environment, and the first project I threw together is one I’ve been meaning to for awhile.

I use Google Translate a lot, and find it to be a fantastic service. The problem is that a lot of the translation I do is from English to Thai, and I have no idea what the Thai side says, or if it’s even close to what I’m trying to convey in English. So I inevitably copy the Thai, paste it into the translate box, switch my languages and hit Translate again. This is tedious.

So I created reTranslate. Utilizing The Power of Google it works basically the same as their translation page. Enter a phrase in some language, select your source and target languages and hit Translate. Then when the translation comes through you can hit reTranslate and it will translate the translated text back to the original language.

I’ll give you an example. I translated

the boy went to the store

from English to Thai. This translated to

เด็กผู้ชายไปร้าน

So then I hit reTranslate and it came back as

Boys to shop.

Not exactly what I’d entered, but generally close enough.

Feel free to use it, but know that I’m limited to 100,000 characters of translation per day, so try not to reTranslate huge amounts of text or you’ll spoil the fun for everyone (at least until the next daily cycle).

Oh ya, and check out my awesome new (temporary) logo (top of this post). Ok, maybe awesome isn’t the right word. But if you know the right word, please don’t use it in the comments… this is a PG-13 site (mostly). And if you have any design skills and would like to help me out with a funky gecko logo, feel free to drop me a line.