Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Top 30 Language Tools For Firefox

The web is a a global phenomenon, so it’s a shame that so many of us are stuck within our own little English-language corner of it – especially with so many exciting new startups in foreign languages. Here we present 30+ tools to help you transition between various languages, and maybe even learn something in the process.


Bork Bork Bork! – Ever wondered how a webpage would like if it was written like The Swedish Chef from The Muppet Show wrote it? This extension will show you.

Chinesepera-kun: Chinese Popup Dictionary – Highlight simplified or traditional characters and get an on-screen translation of Chinese in to English.

Chinup – Chinese Popup Translator – Hover a Chinese word and get a translation in a small popup window.

East Asian Translator – Translate webpages or text from Chinese, English, Japanese and Korean, using the services from

EHTip – Lets you translate English and Croatian back-and-forth.

FoxLingo – Translates web pages, lets you search in other languages, auto-translates and much more.

Free Translate! – Works back-and-forth between English and Russian, German, and French.

gTranslate – Quickly translate a snippet of text into another language using Google’s translator.

ImTranslator – Enter a snippet of multilingual text and check it for correctness. Also features translation editor, virtual keyboard, spell-checker, dictionary, decoder, back translation and an email client.

InTranslate – Translate words to-and-from Greek, and look them up in Wikipedia.

Moji – A sidebar dictionary for Japanese and Chinese, including Kanji.

PeraPera-kun – Highlight Japanese kanji on a page, get an on-screen translation. Needs a downloaded dictionary.

Qwara Toolbar – Allows translation of multiple languages an can be set to do so autmoatially.

Russ Key – Type in phonetic Russian and transform to Cyrillic, and includes English translations.

Simple Translate – Lets you translate text to-and-from English/German.

SpanishTrans – Highlight a word and translate it to Spanish, including complicated terms such as conjugated verbs.

To/From Amharic – Select a word, right click, and you can chose “To Amharic” or “To English”.

Traduku – Translate text or web pages to Esperanto.

Translation Panel – Adds the ability to translate several languages in to English.

Translator – Translate pages with the click of a button using one of the numerous online translation services.on a regular basis to aid in your grocery shopping.


lernu-fr – With each page load you get a Esperanto-French word translated in the status bar.

Morse – While the military may no longer use it, it never hurts to learn morse code as you go about your day.

WordLearner toolbar – Load any dictionary and learn new vocabulary as you surf.

Foreign Character Entry

abcTajpu – Either using macros or context menus, will let you enter accented letters, international characters or symbols.

Any Key – Allows you to type phonetic Amharic, Arabic, Armenian, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi Davangari, Mongolian, Russian, Ukrainian.

Indic IME – Assists in entering Indian text in web forms.

Leet Key – While not exactly a foreign language, turns typed text to L337, ROT13, BASE64, HEX, URL, BIN, DES, AES, Morse code, DVORAK keyboard layout and more.

Locale Switcher – Lets you change the locale of your Firefox on the fly to access different language packs.

Quick Locale Switcher – Has over 200 locales, switches spell check to the chosen locale and more.

Russian hot keys bugfix – Helps with Russian and Ukrainian key entry in Mozilla products.

Zombie Keys – Add shortcuts for international characters. (via)