I tried babelfish first and it came out all “be afraid, tiny one” or something along those lines.
In college, studying Russian my senior year, I got so used to using the cyrillic alphabet that I actually started taking notes using it. I was WRITING in english but using russian letters – when i look back at my college notes from those days, i can’t understand them at all anymore!
Ever tried reading or writing cursive cyrillic? It looks like an endless line of ‘l’s, ‘m’s, and ‘u’s. I took a Russian class a couple of years ago at SF City College and the teacher emphasized writing assignments in cursive. At first it wa very difficult to write and especially read. After a while though both improved a lot. I started really enjoying writing tthat way, much more than I ever did cursive in English,
Senrab has created a monster by reminding me about babelfish. You do have to translate it back and forth, to make sure it doesn’t come out all babbely. право дальше! Which starts out as ‘Right On!’ and bounces back as ‘It Is Right Further!’.