[Wikimediaindia-l] Fw: Saakava(साकव) English Marathi machine translation
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Sun Feb 27 06:17:47 UTC 2011
मराठी भाषा दिवसाच्या सर्वाना शुभेच्छा.
The information on the occasion of Marathi Bhasha din
Marathi Bhasha Divasa Greetings.
On this occasion, we would like to share a few things with you.
The website www.saakava.com was launched on May 1, 2010- the Golden Jubilee of
Maharashtra. The website gives translation of an English sentence into Marathi.
The Machine Translation software Saakava carries out this translation. The
software has been somewhat primitive( a pre-beta version) so far. We have been
improvising it on a regular basis and will continue to do so. A number of
suggestions from users and sentences tried by the visitors of the website were
taken into account while making such changes.
A project of this type dealing with languages belonging to different families of
languages is very time-consuming and it involves a sizeable financial investment
also. It could be possibly the first of its type – at least the first which is
At present, it deals with nearly two lakh words/word groups/phrases. It handles
types of sentences which a seventh standard student ( from a Marathi medium
school) is expected to know. The process of incorporating more advanced types of
sentences is in progress.
Some experts in the translation studies and profession encouraged us by writing
e-mails of appreciation. There were some useful suggestions also. A tenth
standard student form Mumbai, whose mother tongue is not Marathi, wrote that
Saakava turned out to be useful while studying Marathi. A number of individuals
helped either directly or indirectly. Many thanks to all of them.
The version which is being presented on the occasion of Marathi Bhasha Divasa
has a special feature. It gives Marathi words ( paaribhashik words) for
technical words from various subjects. Our website gives more details. Of
course, some other sites also give such lists. Work on branches such as Grammar,
Ecology and Medicine has been undertaken. It will be very convenient to have
on-line availability of such words.
You can participate in this project in a variety of ways :
1. Please visit the project today. Also, keep on visiting frequently. Since the
software is being updated regularly, some of the mistakes that you find may have
been corrected later on.
2. Sentences that you input are very useful to us. Sentences of various types
help us in improving the software.
3. If you find that a particular type of sentence pattern is always incorrect,
please write to us at Saakava.Suggestion at gmail.com
4. Please forward this email to your friends and those who could be interested
in English-Marathi translation.
5. Please try to promote Saakava via forums related to translation, machine
translation, social networking sites like orkut/facebook and blogs. This will
allow Saakava to reach a large number of individuals.
Thanks and best regards.
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