Robot Translations, quick and neat. Google Translate plus Bitly Link Shortener.
Automatic Translation, Why
I have written a useful article in one language, let’s say in German language. Here is an example
The article is about how to open a bank account in Singapore for someone who is NOT a resident in Singapore. Once a month or even more often I do need to answer this question. Most of the queries come from Germany. Don’t ask why. The article works well for me.
Now I need the same article in English language.
“Manually” translating it is not an option. Too much work, at least one hour of my valuable time. The manual translation will also not be good. It will sound like a German WWII submarine captain in a Hollywood movie. The article needs to be re-written from scratch in English language in order to be good.
Thanks to Google Translate, the same result can be provided automatically.
Automatic Translation, How
Open Google Translate here https://translate.google.com/
Then paste the above URL of my German article into the left window of Google translate and adjust the language buttons to “German” and “English”. Then press the blue translate button on the right side:
A browser window will open and the automatic translation of my German article into English language will appear. The article sounds like a German WWII submarine captain in a Hollywood movie.
How to Communicate the Automatic Translation to Others?
One way would be to send the URL of the original article and to tell the recipient: “read Martin’s article about automatic translation, dumbo, here https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/robot-translations-quick-neat-google-translate-plus-bitly-schweiger/”
Not nice, right?
Another way would be to write an Internet article, to generate a catchword and to turn it into a clickable link, using the URL of the Google translation.
Sadly, this clickable link is often overlooked in an email.
Still another way, send the Google Translate URL of the translation, here:
Not nice, either.
Use Bit.ly, THE link shortener
Bit.ly is crucial for my work. Bit.ly allows me to assign short words to a very long URL. Fast.
In a first step, you assign a link which consists of meaningless numbers and letters to a long URL. Then you customize the link. Cut cut your learning curve with the Youtube tutorials here http://bit.ly/BitlyQuickTutorials
You must sign in to bit.ly as a user for using the custom link feature. It is ok to do so.
The Bit.ly link of the German translation of my German article about opening a bank account in Singaporen is here
Neat, right? Copy the link into the URL line of your Internet browser and it will open its English translation right away.
Be honest with yourself. You can easily remember the URL of the English translation of my German article, right?
I use Bit.ly Often
I use Bit.ly links often in my own articles, for example here