You only know English, but you are aware that there are opportunities in other non-English speaking countries. If you want to buy IDNs or other foreign domains for investment or development purposes, you absolutely need to verify the translation of your purchase. The seller isn’t necessarily going to be knowledgable.
While purists correctly stress that you need a native to manually take a look at a name to verify its translation, there are times when you should buy an IDN without a native’s input. For instance, some great IDNs were posted at bargain basement prices today on IDNForums. If you are concerned about missing a great opportunity while you are waiting for a translation to come through, and if the purchase price of the name is worth the risk (ie- it is not a $1,000+ purchase) then translate it using a quick and dirty method. Use Google Translate (or another quality autotranslator) and use Google Images to verify that the name is what you are looking for.
As an example, I bought キャップ.jp (Caps).jp. If you enter キャップ into Google images, you will see a bunch of baseball caps, which is exactly what I was looking for. If you don’t perform this check, you might be surprised with what you end up with:
Aug 26, 2010 No Comments