How to help now that Google Translate is available in Persian / Farsi

Friday, June 19, 2009

Google came out with an alpha service to and from Persian / Farsi today, and you may be wondering how best to make use of it. Here's how.

There is a lot of information being posted in Persian only on Twitter, and YouTube often has videos recently uploaded that are also in Persian only and thus aren't receiving the attention they deserve. A very easy way to help with this is to have a list of links that will go straight to common search terms, enabling English internet users to find content written in Persian alone. I've compiled a few links here that will take you straight to the search results for some of these terms; let me know if you want anything else added. Note that YouTube may claim that an error occurs when you click on the YouTube links but there are no errors that I can see. Finally, make sure to mouseover the content to check if it was originally written in English or Persian, as a lot of videos and tweets are in both languages.

Mousavi (موسوی) - Twitter / YouTube
Tehran (تهران) - Twitter / YouTube
Protest (اعتراض) - Twitter / YouTube
Ahmadi (احمدی) - Twitter / YouTube - Note: Ahmadinejad is often abbreviated as Ahmadi and the name itself is written with a space in between the two (Ahmadi Nejad) so Ahmadi alone will turn up both Ahmadi and Ahmadinejad.
Basij (بسیج) - Twitter / YouTube
Basiji (بسیجی) - Twitter / YouTube Note: Google is translating Basij and Basiji as "mobilize" so when you see that word it actually means Basij / Basiji.
Karroubi (کروبی) - Twitter / YouTube
Shiraz (شیراز) - Twitter / YouTube
Tabriz (تبریز) - Twitter / YouTube
Esfahan (اصفهان) - Twitter / YouTube
Green (سبز) - Twitter / YouTube
Qom (قم) - Twitter / YouTube

Montazeri (منتظری) - Twitter / YouTube
Rafsanjani (رفسنجانی) - Twitter / YouTube
Prayer (نماز) - Twitter / YouTube
Khamenei (خامنه ای) - Twitter / YouTube
Demonstration/gathering (تجمع) - Twitter / YouTube

Edit: someone has suggested Google News but it's not available in Persian yet (something else many have been wanting Google to do for a while) but here are some other options for the most recent news:

Balatarin.com (like Digg in Persian) - popular links / recent links --> also note that Balatarin has been operating a site called Tehran Broadcast where they are helping to translate material from Persian to English.
Donbaleh.com (another similar site) - popular links / recent links


14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Could you please add links for Qom and Montazeri? Great idea by the way.

Anonymous said...

A link for Rafsanjani might also be interesting.

데이빛 / Mithridates said...

Okay, just added all three. Thanks for the requests.

Anonymous said...

could you post links to "where's my vote" protests held in DC, london, nyc, san fran, LA, stockholm, etc?

Anonymous said...

wow. these links are great. Thanks for posting them!

Anonymous said...

Nice page, perhaps a link to google news as well for the keywords above

rgds
Mike

Shiva said...
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Anonymous said...

LA Protests are at Wilshire and Veteran Blvd. In front of the federal building. Come Sunday!

John said...

Here is a tutorial on how to integrate Google Translate with Twitter to auto-matically (albeit, poorly!) translate Persian tweets into English:

http://isthistaarof.blogspot.com/2009/06/translate-persian-twitter-messages-with.html

Robert said...

@Anonymous "could you post links to "where's my vote" protests held in DC, london, nyc, san fran, LA, stockholm, etc?"

Here's a facebook event page for the protest in front of the UN Headquarters this Saturday at 2 PM.

If you're not a facebook user then you can find basic time and place information about the protests occuring all over the US here.

Hope that helps!
Rob

Anonymous said...

I don´t have the persian English translator , how can I get it. I need some help.
Thanks

Alexander said...

Transfer leaves much to be desired.

Anonymous said...

LA Protests are at Wilshire and Veteran Blvd. In front of the federal building. Come Sunday!

Anonymous said...

Nice page, perhaps a link to google news as well for the keywords above

rgds
Mike

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