Posts Tagged ‘machine translation’

Google Translate Neural Translations Promise Better Results

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Machine translation programs have been around since at least the early 1990s. In the past, the results have always left a lot to be desired, but I suppose that someday, someone will finally get it right.

Google Translate is a widely used translation service by Google that is probably the most used translation service on the Web these days. Google states for instance that the system processes 18 million translations per day from Chinese to English alone. Up until now, Google Translate used a phrase-based translation model to power the translation engine. This method breaks a sentence up into words and phrases, and translates them largely independently from each other.


How to Join the Skype Translator Preview Right Now

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

It will be interesting to see how well this works out; from what I’ve seen so far, machine translation usually leaves a whole lot to be desired.

Microsoft revealed in May 2014 that it is working on real-time translation for Skype. While machine translation is not a new concept, real-time translation of voice communication in this magnitude is. Translation services such as Google Translate or Bing Translator have been part of the Internet for many years. They can be used to translate text or web pages from one language into the other.


Microsoft Demos Skype Real-Time Translator

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

In the past, machine translation has left an awful lot to be desired … let’s hope that this time, Microsoft gets it right.

Machine translation has come a long way in the past decade and while research and projects happened mostly behind closed doors or in academia, end user products have gotten better as well. Web browsers for instance support a variety of translation options, from the built-in Google Translate in Chrome to dozens of add-ons for Firefox that provide you with translation options. There have been attempts to translate chat in real-time, Clownfish and Skype Chat Translator are two plugins for Skype that offered those features.


Word Lens App Translates Before Your Eyes – If You’ve Got a Steady Hand

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

In the past, machine translation programs have left a lot to be desired … let’s hope they got it right this time.

Latest bit of App Store magic gets one up on Google’s efforts, but is it still in ‘proof of concept’ mode?


Firelang – Firefox Translation and Language Learning Tool

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

I’ve yet to see a language translation program that was worth the box that it came in. Usually, they work OK for short, simple text, but they fall on their faces if you’re trying to translate technical text or anything that includes idioms, adages and similes …

The Firefox web browser is the perfect companion for users who are learning another language. Why? Because of all the add-ons that enhance and improve the learning experience.

Firelang is a sophisticated add-on with an incredible feature set that helps users learn a new language while surfing the Internet. For that, it comes with several tools.


Lingoes – Multi-Language Dictionary and Text Translation Software

Monday, October 25th, 2010

If I had more time, it would be interesting to play around with this program, just to see what it could do … historically, machine-translation programs like this one have been kind of dicey; they often have problems with stuff like idioms (e.g., “hungry enough to eat a horse”) that might not translate into foreign languages all that well.

I sometimes have to look up words in a dictionary if the meaning is not completely clear to me. For that purpose, I can use a dictionary that i have at home, or use one of the various online dictionaries. The same is true when I do not know a word in a foreign language that I speak. I can look it up at home or get translations online.

Lingoes is a free dictionary and text translation software for the Windows operating system. The application offers an incredible feature set for a free program, more about that later in the review.