Saturday, April 5, 2008

More Google tips

The first installment of Google Tips appeared to be fairly popular, and having studied and stumbled upon some more cool tricks -- here you go. Let me first touch upon those that might prove useful to translators.

1. Bilingual documents

You sometimes find documents on the web translated in two languages. If you wish to locate, say documents replated to financial statements in Japanese and English, you can try searches like this in Google Japan:


+"financial statement" +対訳


対訳 refers to "bilingual." To find bilingual documents in other languages, replace 対訳 by its equivalent in the language you wish to search and use the specific country site for Google.

The first hit led me to a site where one can search for legal terms.

If you are translating material safety data sheets, then the search

material safety data sheet +対訳

will give you MSDS of various items and glossaries, which could be fairly useful.

2. Research using Google Scholar

If you translate technical reports frequently as I do, Google Scholar searches helps you discard unwanted hits and helps you to focus on scholarly documents from educational institutions, research organizations and so on. You could search only in the target language or both target and source language to find reports where the abstract might be in English while the rest of the report is in Japanese.

I generally use the target words and insert a relevant Japanese term too; for instance:

"marine pollution" +汚染

(where 汚染 is "pollution" in Japanese) led me to websites as shown below.

The first four websites were probably South Korean websites, so I added "site:jp" to the search terms to focus on Japanese sites only. This led to better results for my purpose as below.

3. Finding glossaries using "inurl"

As an extension to the above, you can find documents or websites with specific words in the URL of the websites. Let's make use of this Google feature to find a glossary related to marine pollution. We use the search terms as below:

"marine pollution" +inurl:用語

where 用語 should give a glossary of terms.


The first hit leads to a Word document with a glossary of terms with explanations in Japanese and a fairly useful list of abbreviations.

4. An addictive Google search

As a bonus, I give you some addictive searches, and you are hereby warned: IF YOU HAVE LOTS OF WORK TO DO, DON'T READ FROM HERE ONWARD!

a. To see network cameras all over the world

Enter the search terms exactly as below in Google:

inurl:viewerframe?mode=refresh

You should see network cameras at various locations in the world. This is fairly addictive and you see all kinds of places, including some fabulous cherry blossoms in full bloom!

b. To find mp3 files

Enter the search terms exactly as below: (DO SO AT YOUR OWN RISK; some websites may be harmful. If your system is not well protected by firewalls and AV software, desist from visiting suspicious-looking websites). You can replace "Clapton" by your favorite artist or group, or mp3 by mov, if you like:

"intitle: index of" Clapton mp3

This led me to a site where I could listen to my favorite music.

Happy browsing!

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