Today Google announced the release of 29 translating robots that you can just add to your friends list in Google Talk. Then you can talk to them, getting instant translation in return. You can also enter a group chat and use the bots as translators between other people and yourself.
The only downside is that the Google Talk client doesn't seem to support group chats just yet, so you have to use the Gmail in-page one.
I think it's a brilliant idea if you ever deal with foreign languages. How many times have I forgotten a word while translating a paper or trying to talk to my mom back in Ukraine? A quick IM to the en2ru Google bot and problem solved.
On the other hand, if anyone understands Russian, check out this nonsense en2ru gave me:
For those who don't, it said something like "It's delaying Chzhechzhu" (which makes no sense at all). Granted, I did misspell 'is'.
Original announcement: http://googletalk.blogspot.com/2007/12/merry-christmas-god-jul-and.html
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