Google Talk Team announced translation bots for many languages to help you translate texts using your Google Talk interface. If you don’t know, a (ro)bot is a piece of software that acts as a chat contact and provides some fun or useful functionality.
In the first post (see GB), the list included Hindi to English translation bot (hi2en) also. That gave me a lot of hope for Indian languages! But later, Google Talk team updated their blog post to include only 24 bots. The bots are named using two-letter language codes. The following bots are now supported.
ar2en, de2en, de2fr, el2en, en2ar, en2de, en2el, en2es, en2fr, en2it, en2ja, en2ko, en2nl, en2ru, en2zh, es2en, fr2de, fr2en, it2en, ja2en, ko2en, nl2en, ru2en, zh2en.
To use the bots, select one of the bot ids of your interest, and add @bot.talk.google.com to it, and add as a contact in your Google Talk (web interface or the application). For example, if you want to translate text from English to French (en2fr), you need to add [email protected]