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09-16-2011, 06:09 PM
Those interested in automatic translators will probably find this article useful:


It is about how Google Translate works, and why it usually outperforms other automatic translators. To verify this claim, I translated a piece from English to Russian. The result was not perfect but it was very good. Here is what to do:

1) Go to http://translategoogle.com
2) Specify languages, for example, English --> Russian
3) Paste (or type) the text to be translated.
4) Click on the “translate” button

The translated text will appear at once. You can just read it or cut-and-paste it into another document.

Ludwik Kowalski (see Wikipedia)

09-20-2011, 03:47 AM
Machine translation systems and output can be evaluated along numerous dimensions. Relying exclusively on unedited machine translation ignores the fact that communication in human language is context-embedded and that it takes a person to comprehend the context of the original text with a reasonable degree of probability. It is not so reliable. Should you need the service, hire virtual assistants. There are lots of good service providers out there.

09-20-2011, 04:10 AM
For some words? Fine. For a sentence, especially one with complex meaning? Less useful. For anything more than that? Nearly every automated system is next to useless. When there is a translator which can churn out a readable copy of War And Peace in English when the full original text is placed in it, then I'll start to take serious notice.