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In the official announcement on the Google Blog, Associate Product Manager Intern Rita Chen recognizes that machine translation still has a long way to go. However, I’m happy to report that there have been some improvements, at least since Google Reader got its translation feature.
I used a bilingual blog to test GR’s translator. I took the translated posts to compare the translation quality:
|Google Reader translation, 11 Nov 2008||The last time I drew one of these kiosks to buy you a coffee without getting in the car was not stopped anyone to buy anything. But this time I was lucky and it went through two cars, which is in the parking lot of North Sound Vineyard Church.|
|Google Docs translation, 29 August 2009||The last time I drew one of these kiosks to buy a coffee without get off the car did not stop anyone to buy anything. But this time I was lucky and two cars passed by it, which is in the parking lot of North Sound Vineyard Church.|
|Blogger Gabriel Campanario’s original English version||Last time I sketched one of these drive-thru coffee kiosks nobody stopped to buy any drinks. I lucked out this time and two cars went by this one, which is on the parking lot of the North Sound Vineyard Church.|
Obviously, there is still a long way to go to get machine translation, but the last nine months have shown at least a little improvement in the automatic translation.
But here’s the real question: can you understand this translation?
On Friday the paper would not normally go up in the afternoon because I work different hours. People on the bus tends to be younger, most students who go to the campus of the University of Washington. ¶ While he was on the bus I thought about doing this drawing bad luck that Halloween has fallen on a Friday this year. I missed the trick or treating with my kids. My consolation is that at home we seem to be on Halloween from a month ago, when my child who is 3 years old, began to get all their costumes all hours of the day: bee, dragon and tiger, which is the that was the end. My child, who is 5 years old, disguised himself as a Transformer, which is called Optimus Prime. (Gabriel Campanario’s original English version)