I Have a Question!

@barehugs (8985)
Canada
April 29, 2008 7:09pm CST
I was chatting with a Russian on Yahoo Messenger Chat. We were hitting it off very well, when I complimented Her on her command of the English language. She thanked me and said," But I don't know a single word of English!" She had a Translator program on her computer, and she told me she could talk to anyone in Russian and they could understand her in their own Language. My question is~ How many myLotters are using Translator Programs, and how many are learning the English Language on myLot? This is an intriguing situation that has me very curious. Please let me know, or if you have information, that would be welcome too!
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@Asylum (48060)
• Manchester, England
4 May 08
I find it difficult to credit that this would work effectively because of the different grammatical construction of each language. I would expect it to be possible to communicate but would also expect the resultant translation to be clumsy and poorly presented.
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@barehugs (8985)
• Canada
4 May 08
I assume Tetchie (Response # 15 of this discussion.) would have that answer! Computers seem to have no difficulty with seemingly unfathonable problems of unimaginable proportions!
@Tetchie (2933)
• Australia
5 May 08
Estoy probando la tecnología. Se trata de español en caso de que usted se está preguntando.
@Tetchie (2933)
• Australia
5 May 08
Hi Asylum, there would be and are limitations because of diacritics and symbols, such as Russian which is far removed from the English alphabet. As I tried to translate into Russian, well it did on the translator site, but you could not communicate it on this forum. And it is likely that at the moment the gramma becomes mayonnaise. Technology as it is and the amazing work of people behind the scenes the clumsiness will be addressed in time. It's a bit like when people of non-english speaking backgrounds come on here and their english is broken, it is accounted for by the reader knowing it is a second language. It still is a great facility to break down language barriers even if it's not perfect.
@lilaclady (28236)
• Australia
30 Apr 08
OMG how amazing is that, that is very interesting, I wonder if many people do use this type of thing, technology never ceases to amaze me these days.
@barehugs (8985)
• Canada
30 Apr 08
I knew there were such things as Translator programs on a computer but I too was very surprised. I immediately began to use bigger words and never fazed her until I used, "Really!" as an exclamation. She asked me what that meant, so I explained it to her
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@lilaclady (28236)
• Australia
30 Apr 08
I wonder if someone had to program every word in a program in the forst place...i guess they would have to do this...
@xboxboy (5578)
3 May 08
i would love to see a translator for raw scots! whit th' fook r yea lookin ah yeah bassa? yea wan ah deed leg yea prick? great fun!!
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@barehugs (8985)
• Canada
4 May 08
Do you suppose these,"raw Scots" will ever learn to speak English? I'm wondering if they really do speak like this, or is it a publicity act, Much like the Klingon spoken in Star Trek, by Starship fleet members Chekof and Uhura?
• Philippines
3 May 08
that's a good program, is it a software installed on her computer? if everybody will use it all of us can understand every single word and we can communicate effectively to one another.
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@barehugs (8985)
• Canada
4 May 08
The possibilies of this would be endless!
@julyteen (13257)
• Davao, Philippines
3 May 08
i am a filipino and we speak tagalog but i raised for being cebuano which is my main language. It is really hard to communicate people in the outside world that are not the in language use. Even this barrier, i never use an interpreter to communicate others.
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@barehugs (8985)
• Canada
3 May 08
Probably the best way to learn English is to strike out and wing it, as you are doing!I admire you for your winning attitude!
@rongle86 (13)
• China
3 May 08
You kuow,I'm a chinese boy,and I'm new here.And in fact,my english is also very poor.I really want to improve it,so i joined you. but you know,it's hard for me to understand all you said,so I have to use Translator Programs.Yer,I must admire I used it so much.That's all ,tahnk you.
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@barehugs (8985)
• Canada
3 May 08
Thank you Rongle86 for your input! If your English is Poor, your translator program is Good, as I can understand your Post very well. Can you tell me where you purchased your translator Program? Did it come with your computer?
@callarse1 (4786)
• United States
2 May 08
Wow, how cool is that. I've heard of programs like that but I alwas thought they were expensive. Maybe she got a bootleg copy of it somehow? That is interesting that she didn't know English but communicated with you. Pablo
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@barehugs (8985)
• Canada
3 May 08
Yes, I never thought to ask her where she got the translator program. Its possible the cost has gone down. There are many populations that would benefit from using the English language on the computer. English is the Business Language of the world!
@caramello (4381)
• Australia
2 May 08
Quite an intersting piece of info. barehugs as I would never have thought this happened. I am definatley not using a translator as am an Aussie (the real thing) lol But now you have me wondering about this and if I have come across it would I know! To me the English language is easy as it is all I have known, but have heard it is the hardest one to learn! Am I correct in this?
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@barehugs (8985)
• Canada
2 May 08
I've also heard it said that English is the hardest language to learn, but on a tour of East Asia last year I was dumbfounded when in Laos, not one word of English was anywhere to be seen. The situation gets desperate when you are Hungry and the Menu reads like a Star Trek list of configurations!
@theprogamer (10539)
• United States
2 May 08
I've heard of this program and others. Some translations are in beta though (like those for Chinese, Japanese, Korean). I do know of some translator addons that can be downloaded as part of the Firefox and Opera browsers (IM translator for example https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/2257). Now since some of this exists, why not allow for multiple languages here, or at least a contained interest for each language if people want to practice (I know most will say "go somewhere else", but is that really what mylot wants...?)
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@barehugs (8985)
• Canada
2 May 08
No One really Knows what myLot wants, but I can't see any problems with a translator Program, but I can imagine the work that would go into creating such a program! This would make it too expensive to give away. It would be like rewriting the dictionary in every language. The logistics of this is mind-boggling!
@williamjisir (22900)
• China
1 May 08
Hello bearhugs. I am not a native English speaker, but I am very happy that I can understand and use this beautiful language in most cases, where there are not words that I can not follow. Yeah, there is translator function on Yahoo, but I do not like to use it because the translation it does is not good enough to express the meaning of what one would like say, but of course it is a great help to those who do not know much English.
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@barehugs (8985)
• Canada
2 May 08
Thanks for that williamjisir! Finally we are learning something about an existing Translator! Perhaps Yahoo's Translator is an early effort which did not command much interest in North America. I've noticed many Asians on myLot and their success with English is what prompted me to ask this question.
@slickcut (8141)
• United States
30 Apr 08
Hey thats pretty kool...i have never heard of this before,i can see that item could be very helpful...I did not even know anything like this existed..
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@barehugs (8985)
• Canada
2 May 08
Yes I was amazed and the amazement remains with me! I knew such a thing existed but that was the extent of my Knowledge.
@irishmist (3819)
• United States
30 Apr 08
Wow this is news to me, I didn't know you could do that, so could she follow the conversation, and really understand what you were saying?
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@barehugs (8985)
• Canada
30 Apr 08
Yes she spoke English like a College Grad. Its possible she was pulling my Leg, but I'd swear she for real! Thats one reason I'm looking for info!
@rongle86 (13)
• China
5 May 08
Hell,you ask me where my Translator Programs come from.In fact,they are not really programs.They are just something,you know,translate on line and they are free.
@Tetchie (2933)
• Australia
5 May 08
El infierno, me preguntan si mi traductor programas vienen from.In hecho, no son realmente programs.They son sólo algo, usted sabe, traducir en línea y son libres
@Gollywog (1092)
5 May 08
Wow you would never have to learn a new language again? A Translator program!!!!! well I never. Next they will be Translating what your thinking pretty scary isnt it?
@Tetchie (2933)
• Australia
5 May 08
Estoy tratando de adivinar lo que estás pensando. ¿Está asustado
• India
9 May 08
If that is in real then that is wonderful program out there. hey do you asked here about the name of the Program which she had been using? If yes, then let me know about it
@Pitgull (1523)
• United States
5 May 08
that's interesting...What prgram was she using? I guess the best way to tell is when you use every day language, or slang, and then you get a ? where you usually have a response, probably translator program...