Monday, November 16, 2009

Read Hindi in Roman using Google Script Convertor

Can you speak a language but are unable to not read its script? Worry not, for the latest innovation from the Google stable will make it easier for you. This new tool from Google labs, called the Script Converter, can help you read text in any language in any script you want, for example you may read Hindi text in Roman script (or vice-versa, as shown in the screen-grab below). The tool currently supports several Indian languages as well as English.



Interestingly such a tool was created by Alok Kumar quite some time back (2005 to be precise) and he had named it "Girgit" (Hindi for Chameleon). The tool is available at http://girgit.chitthajagat.in. Apparently Girgit also supports Gurumukhi (Punjabi) and Oriya (Odiya) not currently supported by Google's converter.

2 comments:

Steve said...

Hindi, Marathi, and other Indian scripts, for domain names have been available since 2001, in the .com/net/tv extentions, and will soon be aliased into their native language script equivalents...however, they have only been publicized recently, as being available.
Very soon they will be available, in cctld (country code) extentions as well.
For more info, check out: http://HindiDomainNames.com

Appu said...

While it's a step in the right direction, Google Script Converter seems to have some basic bugs.

For example, a Kannada text transliterated to Marathi will not display the retroflex ळ at all, which is very strange, since this sound (and by extension letter) is very common in both languages.

Try by copying a text from say, in.kannada.yahoo.com and pasting it into the Script Converter.

It's a step in the right direction, but leaves a big question mark on what is to be done when a particular letter of one script does not have an equivalent in another script.