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Visual Translation

muskrat vs. ragondin

Here’s a bit of a geeky post for a sunny Wednesday morning. If you’ve ever used Babelfish to translate a word or phrase you know the results can be a bit dubious. What if there was a clearer way? Here’s a quick and dirty way of understanding a word from a different language – throw the mystery word into google image search. You should get an image of what the thing probably is. Above I’ve illustrated how you would describe a muskrat to a french person.

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  • http://tokyohanna.blogspot.com Johanna

    Very cool! Once GWAP (Games With A Purpose) gets played by more people and the images on Google are labeled more efficiently, this could get really awesome. I wonder if the game exists in other languages… that would be interesting