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Stumbled on this fascinating article in the New York Times about three new news services, Worldcrunch, European Daily and Presseurop which take articles from leading European newspapers and translate them into English. Presseurop, which is part funded by ...

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An amazing step forward in the translation of languages has been made thanks to human and artificial intelligence working together. According to an article in this week's New Scientist, treating languages as a secret code might be the way forward in impro...

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Twitter's New Translation Centre

18 Feb 2011 11:08:31

Fancy doing a bit of translation? Twitter has created a new Translation Center to harness crowdsourcing to provide local versions of its interface in more languages. Twitter is looking for translators in French, German, Indonesian,Italian, Japanese, Korea...

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A recent article on Techcrunch looks at the future of interpreting courtesy of Google Translate. The latest version of Google Translate for Android comes with a new feature: Conversation Mode.  This allows you to speak in one language into your phone and ...

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Pardon My French

6 Jan 2011 22:37:25

Fun piece on the BBC web site on the hilarious Pardon My French web site dedicated to spoofs in French of famous English songs. The idea of the site is to have a light-hearted jibe at France's linguistic protection laws. At the same time the Paron My Fren...

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Amusing short piece in the Huffington Post on the funniest foreign titles of American films. "Slightly Pregnant", the Peruvian translation of the comedy, "Knocked Up", gets our vote! However, as an article in Japan Today points out the often bizarre natur...

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Fascinating essay in The New York Times by David Bellos on the limitations of Google Translate. As the article points out, because the service is based on the most probable equivalent phrases as computed by Google's analysis of an astronomically large se...

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Poetry Translation Centre

15 Mar 2010 12:07:00

Stumbled upon the web site of the highly commendable, Poetry Translation Centre. The idea of the PTC is to translate contemporary poetry from Africa, Asia and Latin America to a high literary standard and thus enable English poetry to engage more fully wi...

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Gaining in translation

10 Mar 2010 19:00:49

Interesting story from the UAE National newspaper on the role of Arabic translator Humphrey Davies in helping to bring contemporary works of Arabic literature to a western audience. The article goes on to look at the other side of the coin: initiatives in...

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The Future of Language Learning?

20 Feb 2010 08:50:30

Laud help us--Can this really be the future of language learning? This application perhaps has its place, but surely learning a language is all about the journey rather than the arrival?

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