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Google today opened up the machine translation software they implemented on their own Google Translate site via a public API. The AJAX Language API allows developers to perform translations in their applications for all 13 supported languages and 29 translation pairs. As an example, Google engineer Ben Lisbakken cooked up a Google Gadget that uses the AJAX Language API to create a simple language learning quiz (it asks question like: "What is 'moutain' in Spanish?"). The example also leverages Google's AJAX Search API to display image hints. There are potentially a host of applications for the language API beyond simple localization. I'm not sure how fast the API is, but how about on-the-fly translation for instant messaging?
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