European Word Translator

“How do you say…” peppers every conversation when you’re trying to negotiate a different language. The European Word Translator fills in the blank, so to speak. This application uses Google Translate to give you your word in many European languages. Just enter a word (or two), and they will come up on the map. In the map above, the word is “cat.” There are some caveats:

Translations are generated by Google Translate. Some may be inaccurate or use non-European (e.g. Brazilian Portuguese) words.

Just one translation is provided for each word; watch out for words with multiple meanings!

The Google Translate API does not yet translate into all European languages.

* If Google Translate cannot find a translation, it simply shows the English word. This may be the case for the starred words on the map.

Still, it’s fun to explore, and may be useful for those studying the relationships between European languages. -via the Presurfer


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Since moving to Europe and traveling a bit, I've found it fascinating to see the relationship between the different languages. I'm not a linguist; I'm sure they find it even more interesting.
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