tHenson

February 22, 2011

How Accurate is Google Translate

I was instructed by my boss to a come up with an article about the seven wonders of the world for my extra project. I was only given until the afternoon of that day to write it but then I can sense I will more likely to run out of time.

I have an idea of what to write but I’ve got no clue on where to begin.

Actually I’ve written an outline with lots of mistakes, a bit on grammar and sentence order. To make it easier for me, I wrote first everything in Filipino then I copied and pasted the whole draft in the Google translate for the translation.

To tell you the truth, I was a bit hesitant at first to use Google translate because I have some doubts on how accurate is Google translate. I have talked to some of my office mates who have tried using Google translate and almost all of them gave the same feedback.  According to the, Google translate is really very helpful even though it does not give the most accurate translation since it is not in context instead it is done word by word.

One hour before the day was finally over, I was wrap up with the article. I made the final output with pictures and captions. What took most of my time was actually the research that I did because I don’t have enough data regarding the topic, but still, I was able to create it close to perfect. Good thing Google translate was there to the rescue.

March 23, 2009

Google Translates ‘I am sorry’ in 40 languages

Ever wonder what is I am sorry in Spanish? in French? in Dutch? in German? Well, don’t worry because Google comes to the rescue.

Google has this free online translation tool where you can type a word, or phrase, or a sentence, and the tool will translate it. Of course you have to choose from which language it is written and to what language you want it to be translated to, so that Google translator will do it right for you.

The translation tool does not yield perfect translation most of the time. Google is still polishing their translation technology.

Google Translates ‘I am sorry’

As I said earlier, the sentence ‘I am sorry’ can be translated to different languages using the Google Translate. Below are what Google has translated it to, and I am not sure how accurate they are. But at least we have an idea. The sentence ‘I am sorry ‘ anyway is common, so we should assume the translations here by Google Translate are close to the right translation.

I am sorry though because I can’t read non-roman characters, so I am not sure how they are pronounced.

Albanian
Më vjen keq

Arabic
وانا آسف

Bulgarian
Аз съжалявам

Catalan
Ho sento

Chinese Simplified
我很抱歉

Chinese Traditional
我很抱歉

Croatian
Oprostite

Czech
Je mi líto

Danish
Jeg er ked af

Dutch
Het spijt me

Estonian
Ma vabandan

Filipino
I am sorry (this has not been translated to Filipino!)

Finnish
Olen pahoillani

French
Je suis désolé

Galician
Sentímolo

German
Es tut mir leid

Greek
Λυπάμαι

Hebrew
אני מצטער

Hindi
मैं माफी चाहता हूँ

Hungarian
Sajnálom

Indonesian
I am sorry

Italian
Mi dispiace

Japanese
申し訳ありませんが

Korean
미안 해요

Latvian
I am sorry

Lithuanian
Aš atsiprašau

Maltese
I am sorry

Norwegian
Jeg beklager

Polish
I am sorry

Portuguese
Lamento

Romanian
Îmi pare rău

Russian
Я прошу прощения

Serbian
Опростите

Slovak
Je mi ľúto

Slovenian
I am sorry

Spanish
Lo siento

Swedish
Jag är ledsen

Thai
ฉันขอโทษ

Turkish
Özür dilerim

Ukrainian
Я прошу вибачення

Vietnamese
Tôi xin lỗi

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