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MARITIME HISTORY ON THE INTERNET

Searching the Web in Languages You Don't Speak ometimes, surfing the world wide web, it's easy to forget that When you do find a potentially interesting piece of foreign some people speak languages you don't know, considering that text, the web offers many impressive automatic translation servicthe majority of hits you'll get on any given search will, most times, es. Of course, none will convince anyone yo u're a native speaker, be in English. In fact, of course, there are millions of internet sites but they are effective at conveyin g the intent of text in a different in foreign languages. Researchers in maritime history, or any other language. Try Babel Fish (http://babelfish.altavista.com), which subj ect, will find accessing these sires useful, bur locati ng them can offers dozens of language o ptions-and not just translations be difficult. If English is yo ur native tongue, how do you go about into-or from-English. You can also put in a URL and Babel searching and readi ng pages in other languages? Not surprisingly, Fish will translate the results, as well as the results of each link on the web offers some extraordinary tools for doing just that. that page. One first step for finding foreign-language resources, parGoogle, nor surprisingly, has an impressive set of tools at the ricularly when you're familiar with the country and its language, Language Tools page, mentioned above. Like Babel Fish, it can is to search Google's 'local' version. Start at http://www.google. translate text between languages or do translations on the fly. You fr (France), http://www.google.vn (Vietnam), http:// r;:;;;:;:;;;:;;;:;;;:;~=~~jl can also search in more than a dozen languages from this www.google.lv (Latvia) , or any of about 170 locapage, defining both the language you speak and the different language in which you want to search. As results rions. All of rhe locations are listed towards the bottom of Google's Language Tools page at http:// are returned, Google translates them for you . www.google.com/language_tools. For more language help, say, some assistance Often, the default search will still come with a language that you haven't used in a whileback in English. You may see a link that reads: try http://www.freelang.net/, a sire that offers "Google.de offered in: Deutsch" (or as appro115 different foreign language dictionaries that yo u can download to your computer or use directly pri are; for example, Switzerland's sire, http:// online. YourDictionary (http://www.yourdictionary. www.google.ch, offers a range oflanguage options). When you click on that link, you'll automatically change com) offers standard- and translation dictionaries in hundreds the default search language. of languages. WorldLingo (http://www.worldlingo.com) offers Many other top-level domains exist, including .name (for free human translations of small bits of text, in addition to many individuals), .pro (for professionals), .travel, .aero (for the airline specialized, industry-specific translation services. If all of these language- and translation-related sires have industry) , and .museum. See, for example, http://aimm.museum, the Arkansas Inland Maritime M useum. In addition, there are sub- piqued your interest in the the ropic of language itself, it is worth levels based on the type of museum, such as garden.museum or a look to visit Omniglot (http://www.omniglot.com), a fascinarmaritime.museum. Only about a dozen maritime museums have ing sire that describes writing systems and languages of the world. Suggestions for other sires worth mentioning are welcome registered these names (for example, http://wgmather.maritime. museum) and most actually don't work properly. Perhaps, over at shipindex@yahoo.com. See http://www.shipindex.org for a rime, more and more maritime museums will identify themselves compilation of over 100,000 ship names from indexes to dozens of in this manner. books and journals. -Peter McCracken

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