The other day, I was looking to collect some data off the internet so that I could use it in a project I was working on. After doing quite a bit of searching on Google, I came across a web site that showed some signs of having the data I was looking for. But unfortunately, the site was mostly written in German language that I don’t speak and can’t read either. In that case, I was left with two options; either to find a person who speaks German or to get the English translation of that site somehow. Since there was no chance of getting a German speaker nearby, only option remained for me was to get a Web translation of the entire site.
Now, the question is how do I get the Web translation in English? Well, it depends on the site as well as the Web browsers you are using. Some web sites already written in several major languages and they will give you plenty of options on the site itself to view it in another language including English of course. But only a few sites have this feature enabled.
For the rest of the sites, you would need to use some kind of browser based “plugins” to be able to get the English translation. Different browsers often use different plugins and if you are using Google Chrome, you do not need to install a plugin even! You will be presented with an option to “translate it” as soon as Google Chrome comes across a Web site that is written in any other language than the language you have set as default. So, if you are a Google Chrome user, you have an advantage there. Since I often use Mozilla Firefox, I had to find a plugin that is compatible with Firefox to serve this purpose.
So if you also happen to be a Mozilla Firefox user as well, and you don’t have Google Chrome installed in your PC, you may install a browser plugin called Fox Lingo like I did to get the translated version using “Google Translate”. With Fox Lingo, you can perform several translation related activities in addition to the one I just described above.
Let’s go ahead and take the following steps to get Fox Lingo installed in your browser and get a non-English site converted into English with just a few mouse clicks;
1. Open Mozilla Firefox and then click on the “Firefox” browser menu at the top left corner as shown in image 1. Hit “Add-ons” that is available on the right hand side column.
2. At this point, you will see a screen as shown in image 2 below. Here you can see a vertical menu on the left side of the screen with 4 options. Click on the “Get Add ons” option if you are not already there. Just make sure you are on the internet while you are doing this. On the top right hand side “search” box, type “FoxLingo” and hit enter as shown by the blow arrow sign.
3. Running this search will bring up several add-ons that are available along with Fox Lingo, positioned at the top as shown in image 3. Hit the “install” button as shown by the arrow sign. This will initiate installation of the Fox Lingo plugin to your Firebox browser. It might take few minutes to download the program, therefore wait until the download has completed.
4. After downloading the software, the system will come up with a message as shown in image 4 below saying “FoxLingo will be installed after you restart Firefox”.
5. Close the browser at this point and then restart it. The browser only you are restarting, not the entire PC. After browser restart, you will see a new Fox Lingo toolbar just underneath your browser menu as shown in image 5. You will also see a button called “WebTrans” on this new toolbar towards the right hand side. We are going to use this “WebTrans” feature next.
6. First launch any website that is written in a different language other than English. Let’s say, “http://www.ultimahora.es/” that I am going to use here as an example. This is written in Spanish language, and to convert it to English, go ahead and click on the “WebTrans” button from the Fox Lingo toolbar -> and then select “Auto detect(.com)” from the vertical menu bar -> and then “Auto detect to English (Google)” from the right hand side column as shown in image
At this point you will be routed to the Google translate Web site and get the English version of the site as shown in image 7 below. You may also bookmark the site URL at this point. Next time if you need to get a translated version of any web site, you can also come to this bookmark and then type the URL address in the address bar to get the same result.
This way if you come across any web site that is written in a different language other than English, and you don’t know that language, you know what to do now. However, don’t expect the translation to be perfect, in this kind of automated software driven translations, there will be some flaws here and there but still you will be able to get the gist out of it.
If you have played enough with Fox Lingo, and you want to get rid of it from the Firefox menu, you can always disable it or uninstall it. You will need to go back to the Firefox menu on the top left corner of your browser again and then go to “add ons”, like we did at the very beginning (reference to image 1). Then from the side menu, hit “Extensions”. You will see a list of extensions including Fox Lingo as shown in the image below. If you disable it, the Fox Lingo toolbar will not show up anymore but the software will still remain in your PC. If you remove it, it will be completely gone from the PC and you will need to install it back to be able to use it again.