[Foundation-l] Google Translate now assists with humantranslations of Wikipedia articles
benno79 at freemail.hu
Wed Jun 10 11:38:43 UTC 2009
Let me agree with it completely (out of the shadow ;). This feature's aim is
obviously to help understand totally "alien" texts to a certain [at least
minimal?] extent. This whole thing has absolutely nothing to do with
'translation/interpretation' in it's proper sense. It's a pair of crutches
for those, who are otherwise helpless. ;)
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[mailto:foundation-l-bounces at lists.wikimedia.org] On Behalf Of Peter Gervai
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Subject: Re: [Foundation-l] Google Translate now assists with
humantranslations of Wikipedia articles
On Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 00:54, masti<mastigm at gmail.com> wrote:
> current level of sophistication of translation tools, especialy of
> languages that do not belog to the same group as english, german,
> french, etc. is completely useless.
Let me disagree. Hungarian is not in the same group by far, and the results
make it possible to understand more than 50% of the text (sometimes I'd say
above 90%). While this is far from proper translation it is by no means
_useless_, since its obvious use is to understand a completely foreign text
to some extents.
And I'd like to second that the quality has been really improving, whether
the state of the art linguistic science backs its theory up or not. This is
observation, and not theory.
But I see this is an exaggeration contest, so I'll go back to the shadow.
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