In recent years it’s gotten popular to showcase how odd and mechanical online translators can be by repeatedly translating from English to another language, back again, and then to another language multiple times. But finding a good webapp that does that can be annoying, and they tend to disappear or die after only short periods of time. Translator Boomerang is different: an installable program by Donation Coder, it’ll work on into perpetuity at least until Google changes its APIs. This means it’ll survive for much longer than any of its competing services.
Translator Boomerang is a two-step process. Firstly, you enter text in the top box and select a starting language. Then, select the various languages you wish to translate through from the bottom. The more the merrier, but don’t select the language you chose as your starting language! Then hit Translate Now and see what happens.
Translator Boomerang can produce some interesting results. Just for kicks, I decided to run a quote from No Fear Shakespeare through the engine, and I got a pretty weird result in just 6 languages:
Give me your torch, boy. Go away and stay apart from me. Put the torch out, so I can’t be seen. Hide under the yew-trees over there. Listen to make sure no one is coming through the graveyard. If you hear any one, whistle to me to signal that someone is approaching. Give me those flowers. Do as I tell you. Go.
Give me a torch, boy. Go out and live without me. Turn the burner, so that I do? T seen before. Hide yew. Listen to ensure that no cemetery. When you hear. I hissed, indicating that someone approaches Give me flowers. Do what I say. Go.
If you enjoy spending time seeing what whacky things you can do to online services, Translator Boomerang is certainly a great way to go about doing it. The best part is, it’s entirely free, and supports over 40 languages!
Version discovered: v1.09.01
Supported OS: Windows 95+
Download size: 1.0MB
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Portability: Requires installation