Have you ever wished that you could chat with your family and friends in your native language? Sometimes there’s just no substitute for expressing a thought in your own language. Google Talk now has transliteration bots that will convert text from English to Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil or Telugu. Think of a bot as an invited guest to your chat session that will transliterate what you type in English to the right local script. For those who are not familiar with transliteration, it is a service provided by Google India that allows you to type in Indian languages using phonetically equivalent English script (it is also available on labs page, orkut scraps and blogger). If you’re chatting in Hindi, when you type ‘haal kaisa hai janab ka?’ the firstname.lastname@example.org bot will reply in Hindi as ‘हाल कैसा है जनाब का?’
There are currently 5 transliteration bots – Hindi (en2hi.translit), Kannada (en2kn.translit), Malayalam (en2ml.translit), Tamil (en2ta.translit) and Telugu (en2te.translit), and remember that their names end with “@bot.talk.google.com”. To use one of these bots follow these three steps:
1) First add the bot that you want to your friend’s list. (For example, add email@example.com for Hindi). You just need to do this once.
2) Start a chat session with your friend
3) Convert the chat session to a group chat and invite the bot to it.
Google Software Engineer