December 4, 2009 – Google on Thursday began weaving an automated language translation feature into its universal search service.
A new “translated search” tool lets people direct Google to seek results from Web pages written in an array of languages and then deliver results in a searcher’s preferred tongue.
The feature has been available at the Google Translate service, but is becoming part of the California-based Internet firm’s popular main search engine.
“Now, when you search on Google for something in your own language, you can use this tool to search the web in another language,” Google technical lead Maureen Heymans and product manager Jeff Chin said in a blog post.
“We’re integrating it fully into Google search, making it easier for you to find and read results from pages across the web, even if they weren’t written in a language you speak.”
The tool can be found in a menu revealed by clicking on “Show Options” at the top of a Google search results page.
Search keywords are translated into languages that appear relevant, such as French and Dutch for a query about Belgium, and Web pages found are presented in the searcher’s language.
“We’ll algorithmically select the best language(s) to translate your search query into and then return you translated results from those pages,” Heymans and Chin said. “We’ll even display results from multiple languages.”
Searchers can look for Web pages written in any of 51 languages. The tool will display results from as many as five languages at a time, according to Google.