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What is it: An online translator that converts Roman characters into the phonetic equivalent of another language, as you type them
The difference between this tool and Google Translate is that as you type out a word in Roman characters, as you would speak it, Google Transliteration turns it into the word of another language. For example, you don't type "good afternoon" to convert this into Japanese characters (Kanji). Instead, you type out the way you would speak this in Japanese ("konnichiwa" or a close-enough phonetic spelling of what it would sound like), and Google Transliteration will show the Kanji characters for this phrase.
Google Transliteration supports 23 languages, including Arabic, Chinese, and Hebrew. It is also a simple text editor, allowing you to change the font, font size, font styles, font color, paragraph justification, and indention, and to insert bullet or number lists. The Google Transliteration editor is already built into Blogger and Gmail.
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