September 26, 2011

How To Write In Indian Languages ?



Sometimes its better to convey your message in your mother tongue, be it Gujarati, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, etc. You always want to sent a email to your dad or mom in your mother tongue. Or you want to write a email in Malyalam to a South Indian friend of yours. Now here's a way to write in Indian languages. Thanks to Google.


Head over to Google Transliterate , where you can write in multiple Indian languages. At present, Google Transliterate supports Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malyalam, Marathi, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu. All you have to do is to select your language in the drop down box and start typing. Remember that Google Transliterate does not translate your words. Rather, it is the conversion of words from one language to another depending on how they sound when spoken. So for e.g. if you want to type "कैसे हो" in Hindi, all you have to do is to type in as "kaise ho" which will be automatically converted to Hindi words.

Here's a small screenshot :


  • First select the language from the drop down box provided above the writing area.


  • Then start writing words in English letters as you speak in your language. For e.g. "kaise" and provide a space. The word will automatically be converted into the language of your choice. To edit a word, hit backspace key on your keyboard and it will give other words with similar sound as shown below. You can select your desired word from the given words.





  • Once you have written your desired text, you just need to copy it wherever you want.

Google Transliterate in Gmail :

If you are using Google's Gmail service for your email, then Google Transliterate is also available in Gmail itself. All you have to do is to hit the language button in Gmail and select your language and start typing in your language. Here's a screenshot :





How to write in Indian Languages when you are not connected to the Internet ?


Above two solutions are applicable only when you have an Internet connection. If you don't have an Internet  connection, then Google still provides Transliterate facility offline. All you have to do is to download the Google Transliteration IME from the Google Transliterate site.


  • Once you click on Download Google Tranliteration IME, you need to select the language and the architecture of your computer (32 bit or 64 bit).



  • Then click on the "Download Google IME" button. Once the download is completed, you need to install/run the .exe file you just downloaded.
  • Accept the agreement and click Next.

  • Then click Finish once the installation completes.
  • To start using IME, you have to configure it. You need to enable the language bar. How to enable language bar for your system can be read here (for Windows XP) and here (for Windows 7/Vista).
  • Once you have configured your language bar, it will be shown in the Task bar and all you have to do is to click on the language bar for your language and start writing in any editor like Notepad or Microsoft Word.

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