Friday, April 26, 2013

Say what?

I wish I spoke Spanish. I got a CD course, but my kid and my sister said it was SOUTH AMERICAN Spanish--they wanted Mexican Spanish. There wasn't one of those.

So maybe Google could fill in. Via smartphones and computers, Google does a billion translations a day.

It translates in 65 languages.  According to an AP story by Martha Mendoza, one family used the Chinese translation availability to negotiate an adoption from China. When the girl got to the US (she was 14), they communicated with the translation program.

This is machine translation, which dates back to World War II. It is far from perfect. In fact, it is kind of pigeon-y. But if you have nothing else, it helps.

In fact, I think I will add a function to this blog. Right now!

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