We`ve had about three translation companies come through here in the
past year. Maybe do a forum search (message body) for "translate." I
think they were all in a Web critique area....not sure.
From my perspective, I think translation is a huge potential business
area. It`s one reason chip companies are trying to develop processors
far and away beyond the needs of a typical computer. They`re looking
for real-time translations across phone lines.
To make a really strong Web site, I think two things would be key. The
first would be an opportunity to use an online translator in some way.
The second would be to offer phonetic translation.
For example, I have zero clue how to speak Japanese, other than to say
"Toyota." :-) Nor can I speak Korean. But I have a very nice neighbor lady who
lives downstairs, and she speaks only Korean.
She gave me some bok goli (sp?) and it was great. I wanted to simply
say, "Thank you" to her, and went all over the Web looking for these
two things. I couldn`t read the Korean characters, so that didn`t help.
What I wanted was to type in "thank you," then get a phonetic
If I`d found such a site, I likely would have bookmarked it. Then, with
maybe increased use, I would have been willing to pay money for some
sort of product.