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If you surf the Internet a lot, sooner or later you will meet a language you don’t know the origin or the country it belongs to.  If you what to identify an “unknown” language, here are a couple of web utilities which will help you know the name of that language. 

1) Google Language Detection. This little Google web tool does a very simple but important task. It helps you identify an unknown language. It is sufficient to copy-and-paste a sentence in whatever language is written and Google will detect the language of the text using the Google Language API.

2) Google Translate. Recently, Google has added to its excellent Google Translate a nice option. As a matter of fact, just add some  text or a webpage URL in the blank field, select “Detect Language” as  source language, hit the Translate button and Google will determine the language of an entire web page or an online document.


1) What language is this. This online tool, like Google tools, will help you determine what language you are dealing with. It support: English, German, French, Polish, Japanese, Dutch, Italian, Portuguese, Swedish, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Finnish, Norwegian, Esperanto, Slovak, Danish, Czech, Hebrew, Catalan, Hungarian, Romanian, Indonesian, Serbian, Turkish, Slovenian, Lithuanian, Bulgarian, Ukranian, Korean, Estonian, Croatian, Telugu, Arabic, Malay, Persian, Thai, Greek, Basque, Bengali, Icelandic, Georgian, Bosnian, Vietnamese, Cantonese, Afrikaans, Tagalog (Filipino), Bishnupriya Manipuri, Hindi, Newar (Nepal Bhasa), Urdu, Tamil, Cebuano.

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7 Comments to “What language is this?”

  1. William Pastuszka Says:

    Just did Yahoo search for “Bukuri në Genocidi” & it came out to be Albainian.

  2. William Pastuszka Says:

    Funny that Sean, I search for those words in bing, google & live search which all tell me it is polish? to be honest i think it could be dutch, some of these language translators on the internet are hard work & feel that wikipedia would be the best application to use.



  3. Sean Says:

    Bukuri në Genocidi

    What language is this. It would help alot if you told me. Thanks.

  4. Web Talk Says:

    The language is arab or something like that but it is written in a kind of slang that’s why it is impossible to translate.

  5. Lola Says:

    what does this say:

    ou ana mesh 7atkalem 5ales

    and what language is this. How can I translate this language to enlish

  6. Web Talk Says:

    Hi Dennis! I was very fascinated by these little tools too above all when I have to deal with news written in some european lanugage such as romenian, russian, polish ect. That’s why I decided to write about this in the end. As far as Google, well, it rolls out so many tools that a person can barely keep track of all of them! There are other Google tools I am going to write about in the future, so stay tuned! 😉

  7. Dennis F. Says:

    Well, I tried all 3, and all work correctly, which, I guess, is exactly what we expect. The 2 Google sites have the usual Google API, very white space, all business. I don’t know how I missed the “detect language” selection. In case you’re looking for it, go to the very top of the language slider. For some reason mine picks a random language as the “default” whenever I visit the site. “Detect language” would be a better default all the time as I often wonder what the heck language I”m dealing with, especially the far Eastern ones. Chinese, Japanese, Mandarin……. You get the idea. Google Language Detection even provides a “reliable” rating. Nice touch.

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