Thanks to Bettina Tizzy—creator of my favorite group in SL, Impossible IRL, and one of the most verbose and fascinating blogs, Not Possible IRL—for the following tip. You’re going to love this!
I just picked up one of the best freebies of all time. I may create a special blog post for my very favorites, but this one will certainly be on it!
/me clears throat, speaking in her best infomercial voice: Have you ever lamented not being able to speak to people of other countries and cultures in Second Life? Have you ever felt completely befuddled as chatter goes on around you, and you don’t know what they’re saying? Have SL translation tools left you frustrated?
Go pick up the Simbolic Translator now!
From the help notecard:
Q: What is the Simbolic Translator?
The Simbolic Translator is an easy-to-use HUD attachment that enables avatars in Second Life to communicate across multiple languages.
Q: What languages does it support?
The Simbolic Translator supports translations between any of the following 22 languages: Arabic, Bulgarian, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish and Swedish
Holy Tower of Babel, Batman! How great is that? And trust me, it works. You have to be in script-allow areas, and it works best when everyone else is speaking the same ‘other’ language, and lag causes some menu hiccups (95 prims, wow!), but you really can’t go wrong with a free working translator! Now I get to talk to some of the Japanese designers I’ve always wanted to meet, and hang out with my Spanish-speaking friends without them having to tumble around English because of my ignorance.
Bravo, Simbolic! You’ve helped make Second Life a better place for all of us.
Teleport to the pick-up location!