Foreign Language Identifier

Does it happen to you that you receive correspondence in a language that you cannot identify right away? Or that you stumble upon the most exciting website only to find out that you have no clue what language it is written in? Or a research document published in a language that you don't understand?

If you are on the Internet you may want to try your luck with translation services like Google Translate.

This will only work on the other hand if the language is supported by the service. But what if it is not? The first step of being able to understand the message or read the text is to identify the foreign language it was written in.

One excellent foreign language identifier is Polyglot 3000. The main - and only purpose - of the software program is to identify foreign languages. It does that by analyzing text that you paste into the program's interface. All that you need to do is copy a sample of the text into the program interface and hit the F9 key to make the software analyze the text.

The software will display the identified foreign language after the scan in its interface. Here you also find the recognition accuracy listed which is the likelihood that the language identification is correct, the time it took to identify the language, and languages that are similar to the identified one.

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Polyglot 3000 is currently supporting 474 different languages that it can recognize. The recognition can be narrowed down by only scanning for the most popular languages or only Cyrillic languages. The software program supports both Unicode and ANSI encodings so that you should not run into any issues in this regard either.

The program is regularly updated by Likasoft, the development company. The application is compatible with all versions of the Windows operating system from Windows 95 to Windows 8. You canĀ  browse the list of supported languages and dialects on the program website.

The most recent version is offered as a 32-bit and 64-bit version, and it is suggested that you download the right version for your computer to avoid issues running the program.

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  1. archer March 2, 2009 at 7:53 pm #

    the babelfish firefox extension has this built in, you simply highlight and click "detect language"

    • Martin March 2, 2009 at 7:59 pm #

      Hah so it can detect languages like Finnish, Bulgarian or Armenian? Archer, the language identifier can identify way more languages than any automatic translator can.

  2. Umar March 2, 2009 at 9:02 pm #

    this looks pretty awesome

  3. archer March 2, 2009 at 9:26 pm #

    ah, that may be so, martin, i have to admit i haven't tried the one's you've mentioned, but for many languages the babelfish extension is very quick and convenient.

  4. backstabber March 5, 2009 at 4:47 pm #

    Is this program trustworthy?
    I'm getting a virus warning when i try to download it (ESET NOD32).
    Is it just me?

  5. Translation services March 6, 2009 at 7:53 am #

    Pretty interesting tool... I would need something like that as clients are not always aware which text is the source language in.

  6. Renate Kelley December 11, 2013 at 10:25 pm #

    I am trying to translate/identify a name on an icon. It contains symbols that are not in the "insert symbol" repetoire. How can I type something in then? I cannot begin to use this!

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