translators needed

By ncnurse1459 Latest Reply 2008-08-07 17:18:38 -0500
Started 2008-06-25 05:54:21 -0500

Web Management Team: How do we obtain translators for some of our new friends who do not speak English ? I recently added ferenc who just recently joined the community and have NO IDEA what he wrote to me ! Thanks, Angie

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ncnurse1459 2008-08-07 17:18:38 -0500 Report

I am currently taking an online Spanish course through my local community college, SPEED SPANISH, and, so far, it's going well. I plan to take Conversational Spanish next, then Medical Spanish afterwards. Maybe I can be of more help with some translations then.

Gemy 2008-07-18 10:45:13 -0500 Report

What language do you need translation for? i speak spanish. Would that help in anyway?

Rita 2008-07-17 09:23:08 -0500 Report

HI, Ferenc is Hungarian and if you need someone to translate i'll be happy to do it for you, i speak Hungarian.

Ginetteb 2008-06-25 14:14:07 -0500 Report

I am a French speaking Canadian. I did all of my schooling in French and then I did 2 years of English. I used to translate for a company in Montreal. I am fluent in both languages, French and English. So if you can use me, I'm here. I'll be glad to help any way I can. Those translating computerized programs most of the time do not translate the idea, they just translate word for word and at times it does not make sense. You see in French we use articles in sentences, for example, if I was to translate this simple sentence, it would translate to read: "You see, in French we use the articles in the sentences". Another snag is that everything in French has a gender, it's either feminine or masculine and it is very difficult to figure out unless you were brought up in the language. So, there, that's my French lesson for today.
Ginette (with a name like "Ginette" it would be a shame if I could not speak the language, wouldn't it?

GabbyPA 2008-06-25 08:45:45 -0500 Report

Until you get a translator, you can try

It will only take 150 words at a time, but you put them in a window, select language to language, hit translate and viola! I tested it out on things I knew (which is very little) and it seemed to be pretty accurate. So that could be a great start.

WOW LOOK! I posted this reply and it actually has a working link!! Thanks to the techies behind the scenes.

tmana 2008-06-25 09:42:19 -0500 Report

Babelfish is TERRIBLE for translations. I do NOT trust it unless I have no other choice, and then ONLY as a vague sanity check to a language with which I am familiar.

As an example, some years ago, my supervisor (who, like me, is conversant in French) had Babelfish translate into French a sentence to the effect of, "I hope to strengthen the ties between us". It came back with something to the effect of, "I would like to narrow the neckties that tie us together." 'Nuff said?

GabbyPA 2008-06-25 11:27:17 -0500 Report

Oh, okay. I used much more simple sentences and I do suppose that cultural neauances will be hard to deal with for any translation program. I will search for another one then.

tmana 2008-06-25 08:20:17 -0500 Report

What language(s) are we looking for? I suspect some of our Canadian friends can handle French (if not, I can certainly take a stab at it); some of our Latino friends may be willing to handle Spanish. Beyond that… is there anyone here who is willing to step up and admit to familiarity with a language other than American English?