Awesome Secret Google Translate Japanese Emoticon Easter Egg
@hyunjin9095 on Twitter recently pointed out an awesome Easter egg with Google Translate where if you type the names of Japanese animals in you’ll see kaomoji emoticons. To trigger this Easter egg first go to translate.google.com and select from Japanese to English. Then start typing the name of a Japanese animal into the box. If you just type in Romaji (English letters) it should automatically convert the syllables to Hiragana. If that doesn’t happen then click on the button at the bottom with the Hiragana character for a: あ. Once you type the Japanese word, in this case I typed neko, the Japanese word for cat, hit the down arrow on your keyboard. This would normally give you different Kanji, Katakana and what not for the syllables you entered but in some cases, like neko, it’ll give you Japanese emoticons! There are a bunch of different animals that Google Translate will give kaomoji for: Cat: neko Dog: inu Koala: koara Snake: hebi Bird: tori Fish: sakana Some animals though like rabbit (usagi) don’t bring up any emoticons. I tried typing in some emotions too like happy (ureshii) and sad (kanashii) and it didn’t really give me anything. Typing kanashii did give me some Western emoticons like :( and :-( though… So I don’t know, it only really seems to work with animals but the word sad did give a couple other emoticons so I bet there are other words you can type in that will show other kaomoji emoticons too! It’s nice to see kaomoji emoticons getting out there in more and more places. If you find anything else hidden in Google Translate please share it in the comments.