Google Launches New Transliteration Tool

    December 17, 2009
    Chris Crum

Google has launched a "new and improved" version of Google Transliteration as a Google Labs experiment. Users can simply go to and type in the box to have their words converted to the proper language. There are 17 that are currently supported. Google explains:

Using Google Transliteration you can convert Roman characters to their phonetic equivalent in your language. Note that this is not the same as translation — it’s the sound of the words that are converted from one alphabet to the other. For example, typing "hamesha" transliterates into Hindi as: Hindi transliteration example, typing "salaam" transliterates into Persian as: Farsi transliteration exampleand typing "spasibo" transliterates into Russian as . Since our initial launch for a single Indian language, we’ve been hard at work on improving quality, adding more languages and new features.

Google Transliteration

The new Google Transliteration is available in GMail, Knol, Orkut, and Blogger, as well as an API and a Bookmarklet for use with other sites. There is also an input method editor available for download.

The new Google Transliteration supports Arabic, Bengali, Greek, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Nepali, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Sanskrit, Serbian, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu.

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