I Have a Question!
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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• 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.
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.
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
• 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.
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.
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?
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!
• 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...?)
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!
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.
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.