Monday, September 14, 2009

Yet another [FAILED] online Auto-translation service : Babylon

Though Google is expanding its online translation business at a never ending pace, some other players like Babylon and Bab.la were also testing waters.

Let us try to translate Babylon’s own English string (copied from their site) in to Hindi through Babylon’s Online Machine translation service:

ORIGINAL :

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TRANSLATED :

की स्वतंत्र ऑनलाइन babylon है'''''' आपके बेली वेबसाइट को आता है, जब यह'''''' । हमारे ऑनलाइन अनुवादक आप की सहायता करेंगे को प्राप्त करने के लिए उत्तम भाषा के अनुवाद के ऊपर इंटरनेट; अत: शुरु करने से पहले आप यहां बहुभाषी यात्रा:

Here is the screen shot if you don’t believe it:

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Any one with little knowledge of Hindi will outright reject this ridiculous machine translation. For languages like Hindi, where everything – that includes ‘form’ and ‘syntax’ – changes, no machine can ever translate as accurate as Human.

Let us try free Online Dictionary service by Babylon. Though I could not find link to English-Hindi dictionary, I believe Babylon does have it. I tried English-English dictionary for word - ‘Eternal’. The results were quite impressive. I got multiple results and references from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913), Wordnet, Wikipedia etc.

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Verdict : Online translation fails, Online Dictionary works, but needs more language options.

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