Yahoo launches Babel Fish, the Language Translation Service

Yahoo Babel Fish logo On Thursday, Yahoo Inc. launched Babel Fish, the oldest free language translation service on the Web.

Babel Fish, an internet-based application has been developed by AltaVista which translates text from one of several languages into another.

Yahoo Babel Fish has been incorporated across all of the portal’s properties. Additionally, Yahoo has built-in tight integration with its search engine and with Yahoo’s browser toolbar.

Babel Fish, which offers translations between 38 language pairs, was developed by longtime search engine AltaVista, which is a business of Overture Services Inc. AltaVista was created in the mid-1990s by researchers at Digital Equipment Corp.

Babel Fish takes its name from the Babel fish, a fictional animal used for instantaneous language translation in Douglas Adams’ novel The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.