Home Say What? Google Reader Translates Any Feed into Your Native Tongue

Say What? Google Reader Translates Any Feed into Your Native Tongue

If you’re like most folks interested in technology, you likely have a feed reader full of hundreds of RSS feeds on your favorite topics. No doubt, they all have one thing in common: they’re in a language that you’re capable of reading.

But what about all of that interesting news and information that’s written in languages you don’t speak? Get ready to have access to even more information about your favorite topics, because now Google Reader leverages Google Translate technology to convert any feed to your preferred language.

To use the new offering, subscribe to any feed. Once subscribed, select “Translate into my language” from “Feed settings…” and the feed will be automatically translated to the best of Google’s ability, based on your default language preference.

I tested the service against Cybozu Labs – a feed that comes through RSS in Japanese – and was pleasantly surprised. While a few of the characters remained, the majority of the content came through. Not only that, but the content was translated in a way that was legible and coherent.

While at first blush, this may seem to be a minor feature, it actually holds the potential to change the way people read feeds – and the feeds they choose to read. It will be incredibly interesting to see what non-English blogs start growing in popularity now that they’re no longer hindered by limited linguistics.

But how will people find these blogs? That’s the other thing that makes the translation feature so interesting: it appears to work on shared items, as well. Now, you can start reading and sharing information in any language with all of your Google Reader contacts – regardless of the languages they speak.

And once we start breaking down those language barriers and sharing ideas with more people, that may be a real step toward a truly World Wide Web.

About ReadWrite’s Editorial Process

The ReadWrite Editorial policy involves closely monitoring the tech industry for major developments, new product launches, AI breakthroughs, video game releases and other newsworthy events. Editors assign relevant stories to staff writers or freelance contributors with expertise in each particular topic area. Before publication, articles go through a rigorous round of editing for accuracy, clarity, and to ensure adherence to ReadWrite's style guidelines.

Get the biggest tech headlines of the day delivered to your inbox

    By signing up, you agree to our Terms and Privacy Policy. Unsubscribe anytime.

    Tech News

    Explore the latest in tech with our Tech News. We cut through the noise for concise, relevant updates, keeping you informed about the rapidly evolving tech landscape with curated content that separates signal from noise.

    In-Depth Tech Stories

    Explore tech impact in In-Depth Stories. Narrative data journalism offers comprehensive analyses, revealing stories behind data. Understand industry trends for a deeper perspective on tech's intricate relationships with society.

    Expert Reviews

    Empower decisions with Expert Reviews, merging industry expertise and insightful analysis. Delve into tech intricacies, get the best deals, and stay ahead with our trustworthy guide to navigating the ever-changing tech market.