how to:How To Translate Tweets Into Different Languages
One of the primary sources of information for many activists, journalists, and others these days is Twitter. But what if Tweets are written in other languages? What are the best ways to translate tweets? Here are a few simple tools you can use to easily translate Tweets.
The most basic way is to copy and paste a Tweet into Google Translate. A translation from Google is usually pretty reliable, but remember that it may not be entirely accurate since it may not apply grammar rules.
Ask your Tweeps for help! Share the Tweet with your followers and ask if anyone can help you translate. Likewise, if you have a photo or video that needs translating, see who can help you out. If you get multiple responses, compare them to check for mistakes.
For Chrome, click on this install link to get the script. Chrome supports Greasemonkey scripts right out of the box, meaning you don't need to take any other steps to install it. You are ready to go!
For Firefox, install Greasemonkey as a browser add-on. Once you download the add-on, it will confirm that you want to install Greasemonkey, and then will ask to restart your browser. Restart your browser, then go to the specific userscripts page for Twitter Translate and click on the “Install now” button.
For Safari, try the TwitterTranslate extension.
Once you install the script, restart your browser and log into Twitter. When you hover over any Tweet in a foreign language, you will see a new Translate button below it (next to Favorite, Retweet, Reply). Click on Translate and the Tweet will be automatically replaced with a Tweet in your own language.
Use Twitterbots. Twitterbots are special Twitter accounts that you can direct message or reply to and automatically get information back.
“2en” is the code for the language you want to translate to (en = English). After that, add a space and enter your message. The message can consist of a word, a phrase, or a sentence. Normally, the language detector will be able to automatically detect the language you are translating from. Check the TweeTrans site for all of the valid language codes.
Alternatively, you can specify both the "translate from" and the "translate to" using the following format: @tweetrans en2es your message here
"en2es" is the code for the language pair you want to translate from (en = English) and to (es = Spanish).
In a few minutes, you will receive an @Reply with the translation.
Twanslate is another Twitterbot. Follow @Twanslate, then send a direct message with the Tweet your want translated and the language code. You can find all of the language codes at the bottom of the Twanslate site. They will reply to you with the translation.
If you use a third-party Twitter client, it may have a translate option.
For Tweetdeck, hover over the Twitter user’s avatar, the select Other Actions --> Tweet --> Translate. The Tweet will be automatically translated.
For Hootsuite, you can try out a Greasemonkey script that will translate Tweets for you. While the iPhone version of Hootsuite does have a translate option, the web dashboard doesn't have one automatically integrated into the platform yet.