You probably have heard about Babel Fish, the translation service of Alta Vista.

Well, it calls itself a translation service, but I would call it a word replace service. When I translate “How are you?” to Dutch, it returns “Hoe bent u?” :S How useful is a translation service that doesn’t even know how to translate such a basic sentence as “How are you?”. For every student learning a foreign language, this is one of the first things to learn but Babel Fish still needs to learn it.