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What is an unwritten language and how can AI help translate it?

What is an unwritten language? Simply put, it is a language that is spoken but not written, and therefore has no written form by native speakers of that language. Unwritten languages by their very nature are obscure, and used by very few people. Spain for example has some dialects which are spoken by precious few …

Internet Censorship: China Shuts Down Google Translate

As widely reported by various media, China has shut off access to Google Translate in mainland China. Users in China that try to access translate.google.cn or translate.google.com are redirected to a link to Google Translate Hong Kong. But that won’t work in China either. Chinese also blocked the Google Translate API, rendering all apps that …

5 Free Translation Apps You May Never Have Heard Of

The popularity and usage of free translation programs is rising. More and more translation software products are being announced every year. And more and more companies are using these apps to translate a wide range of content. The quality and reliability of machine translation is also improving steadily, which is another reason for the increasing …

Using Reverse Image Search for Translation

Google Reverse Image Search Google Images has a feature which has been around since 2011, but is relatively unknown to many people. Reverse image search allows you to upload an image or a link to an image and find similar images and relevant information on the Internet. Unlike standard image search, where you enter a …

Pure human translation. Does it still exist?

By David Grunwald Is your translator or translation agency translating your material from scratch or are they using machine translation in their workflow? I contend that many or even most professional translators are using machine translation (e.g., Google Translate) in their work. But they will never tell their customers about it. Because if they do, …

Privacy please. Firefox pulls translation out of the cloud

Firefox Translations provides automated translation of web content. Unlike cloud-based alternatives, translation is done locally, on the client-side, so that the text being translated does not leave your machine (Firefox website). Do you use Google Translate, DeepL or other online translation tools? Hundreds of millions of people use online Machine Translation (MT) every day. If …

What is Metaverse and what does it have to do with translation?

Metaverse is a compound term made from the words Meta (or Beyond) and Universe. The term first appears in Neil Stevenson’s Sci-Fi novel Snow Crash (1992) and has since been adopted by the tech industry. It refers to a theoretical, futuristic vision of the Internet as a place where people will spend their time in …

The Dangers of using MT for Legal Translation

By Wojciech Wołoszyk Some law firms have in-house translation departments to deal with multilingual services. However, most law firms do not have internal translation teams and must rely on external resources. Given the high costs of professional legal translation services and the time constraints which are always present in the legal field, the temptation to …

Will Google Glass Make Interpreters Obsolete?

One of the most common questions that people in the translation industry are asked is: will Google Translate replace professional translators? The funny thing about this question is that it has been being asked for over 10 years at least. Does that mean that the question is stupid or that the answer is no? Well, …

An Inside Look at Microsoft Translator

Google is by far the leading search engine used in the world today. Industry estimates give Google over 85% of the market share. In distant second place comes Bing, with about 7% of the market share. In a similar pattern, Google’s popular machine translation program Google Translate is the leading online machine translation (MT) program. …

Facebook’s Machine Translation. What’s in it for you?

It seems that nowadays, every big tech company has its own machine translation (MT) system which it uses for both internal and external purposes. Here is a partial list of these deployments: Google. Anybody who spends time on the Internet knows about Google Translate. Google is one of the pioneers of MT and is by …

Translating for free. When a picture is worth 1,000 words.

Last week we received the following email from a potential customer. This is what he wrote: I hope that all is well. My name is Anthony and I lead our regulatory/compliance efforts at XYZ Parfums. We’re developing some new aftershave products, and need to have “aftershave” translated into a few different languages for packaging for …

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