The Gmail team has just made your life infinitely easier by enabling you to translate all the chinese spam emails that you get, to English. I can’t begin to tell you how much more productive I will be because of this new feature.
On a more serious note, this is probably more useful than it sounds. We all live in an increasingly social world. The Internet has made it possible to communicate with people from around the world and I cannot begin to tell you guys the number of times I’ve recieved emails from people with a phrase in a foreign language which I don’t understand. That will be a thing of the past from now on.
Gmail Translate uses the google translate service which, while quite accurate, is not always correct. But, it works quite well for translating simple phrases and understanding the gist of a conversation.
To translate an email you need to enable the feature from the Gmail Labs page inside Settings.
Once you save the changes, Gmail will reload and you should now see a “Translate and Print” option added to the email drop down menu. The option is only available when you are viewing an email which is in a language other than English.
You can also simply click on the “Translate message to: English” link if you don’t want to take a print of the email.
If you want to translate the Email to a language other than English, click on “Change language” and specify your default translation language.