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Questions on the practice of translation - communicating a source language A in a target language B.

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Please help me identify this language (w/ image)

I have a scan of a genealogical document (ca. 1895) from a Catholic church in Brodowe Łąki, Poland. I believe that the document pertains to the baptism of my great-grandmother, but I can't quite be ...
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How to translate a scientific term to Vietnamese?

What is the guide, in general, for translating scientific terms from English to other language? I know, of course, that we need a person who have good competence on the field containing that word. ...
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“Telephone game” effect when translating between languages

Let's say there are three people, Bob, John and Jane. There are also three languages, L1, L2 and L3. John is a fluent speaker of L1 and L2. Jane is a fluent speaker of L2 and L3. Bob only knows L1, ...
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Translations into Mongolian and Icelandic [closed]

I wish to translate into Mongolian the sentence "I have no home", and into Icelandic the sentence "However, I have the road". I tried Google Translate, but couldn't fully trust the results. I can't ...
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In how small chunks can I chop up a text for piece by piece translation?

I'm creating a piece language learning software, which will include a component that lets the user read texts with a translation on the side. The texts will be chopped up into segments, and have the ...
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How to say “unicorn” in Ladino? [closed]

Ladino is the language of Sephardic Jews. I wanted to know how to say "unicorn" in Ladino. Thank you!
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fattha, qasra, damma in google arabic translate

I am trying to learn Arabic using a combination of Arabic for Dummies (AFD) and Google Translate. AFD seems to use transliteration while Google uses actual script. However, there seem to be ...
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Language Education App + Translation

I have recently asked a question which stated: I am helping with the translation of a Japanese language application (Japanese to English), particularly with the conversations, each pertaining to ...
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Quality of multiple step translation

Say I have 2 dictionaries English<->Spanish Spanish<->French I want to translate from English to French. I wonder, how good will be quality of translation in this case? How much better is to ...
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Does translation software use syntactic trees?

I'm a multilingual, and since syntax structures vary between various languages, it seems intuitive to me that translation software use syntactic rules to translate between languages. But when I see ...
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Literal translation with grammar notes when analyzing or describing a foreign language

I often see this kind of analysis / comparison in linguistic textbooks where they basically provide literal translation of a sentence with grammar notes (like verb tense, noun case etc.). For example: ...
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Software translator that gives word definitions

I am looking for software/online translator that defines words along with the translation. For example I typed in "I know someone named" into a french translator and it gave back Je sais que ...
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Is anyone able to tell me the language being spoken in this video?

Specifically at 01:05 https://vimeo.com/5297531 I am reproducing the audio for this film as my final year study at university and am unable to work out exactly what is being said. If anyone could ...
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How to perform word by word translations?

I want to present German users English texts and they need to know the meaning of each individual word. I was thinking to use Google Translate API or Bing Translate API, and request a translation for ...
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If the Rosetta stone were to be translated today, would the process be the same as used the first time?

Are there any techniques available today that would make it considerably easier to anyone attempting to translate it today (as if they were trying todo it for the first time)? Otherwise would the ...
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Fundamental features for program that helps you build a translator?

I'm an absolute rookie with this stuff, but I'm building a translation program, which will hopefully enable people to create their own translators to share with the world. I'm particularly excited for ...
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Automated methods to align text

I have an assignment for my machine translation class which involves using the different language versions of websites as parallel corpora. The problem is the text isn't properly aligned. For ...
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Correct Alexamenos Graffito Translation

I am researching the "Alexamenos Graffito" from Rome and the various opinions of what the correct translation of the Greek inscription should be. I know some believe it is "Alexamenos worships (his) ...
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Is spoken English more efficient than other languages?

Oftentimes while watching a subtitled foreign film, I find that reading the subtitles aloud (usually in my head) at the same1 pace as the speaker takes less time than what's spoken in the native ...
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What languages are the most similar to English?

I speak English and Bengali with similar proficiency, at least in the 'lower' registers of the languages. Since I was a small child in a bilingual home I've been struck by how, despite having ...
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Recommended Translation Textbooks/Resources

Please delete this if it's not appropriate for this Stack. I'm researching machine translation, and trying to read around the subject and understand better how human translators go about translating ...
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What is the best way to accurately translate slang?

It may not even be accurate to call it "slang"... I am working on a filtering system that blocks pornography. I have a set of key words and phrases in English. Essentially, I would like to have the ...
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What are the most written/read languages on the internet?

I'm developing a large chat application; the public beta had over sixty-five thousand participants, so I need the final version to be complete. Hence I am asking this question. My application needs ...
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Linguistic research on translation evaluation

I have a background in natural language processing and machine translation, and recently I've been interested in automatic evaluation of translations. I've read a lot of literature from the machine ...
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Translation of electrical connection gender names into non-Indo-European languages [closed]

The "male/female" terminology used to identify the two halves of many, if not all, connectors and fasteners seems universal in the Western Indo-European speaking world. Do other language families ...
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Where can I find a reliable academic source of translations of words to the world's languages?

In this recent question, I was trying to research a list of translation for "no", and a quick google found this page. That website also has other similar pages, like translation of "Hello", "Good ...
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Are word classes universal?

I'm working on an application that takes a special database of words and its word class and determines the such from a given sentence. I'm now working to see if word classes that are found in English ...