AI Based Machine Translation Learns Languages Like Little Babies

Machine translation quality has improved remarkably over the years. Automatic translations are becoming more and more usable in different contexts. Heavy users might have noticed that the development, Sin embargo, hasn’t been linear. Machine translation has moved up some kind of quality steps.

The reason for jumps to higher quality steps is technical. Machine translation technologies are getting much attention and resources. The idea of how machine translation works has changed. The steps from rule-based to statistical machine translation and then to the use of artificial intelligence (or AI) have all improved the quality. The technologies are getting closer to the way humans adapt their first languages.

Little babies learn a language by being surrounded by it in their everyday life. They hear it over and over again. They try to say a word or two. They will first say it wrong but improve by repeating it many times. They learn new words and what those words mean. They do it even without having someone explicitly explaining these things to them. They hear, their brains work very hard and they learn.

Using a lot of data

AI and neural nets learn languages a little like babies. Data is the most important element. For technologies, it is crucial to have enough data. Just like for babies it is crucial to hear people speak and read aloud. The more is better. There is plenty of research saying parents should read to their children. When parents read to their children, they will succeed in life. They will have better skills in communication and linguistic. No human nor machine can learn without enough data coming in.

Using good quality data

Asimismo, the quality of the data is important. One-sided interactions with the language limit the learning process. Varied and rich exposure to different uses of language brings more versatile results. Pero, too wide data isn’t going to work either. There should be enough repetition to ensure remembering. Babies learn first those words which they hear most often. They hear them in different sentences and situations. The more they hear those words the stronger the meaning and usage of them become in their minds.

Getting support for the learning

All language learners need some outside support as well. Control by someone who knows more. Parents tend to correct if a child says something in the wrong way. Or at least they repeat the idea in other words back to the child. They often use phrases like ’did you mean that’ or ’what do you try to say’ or ’did I understand you correctly’. Even the most modern technologies need that kind of guidance and feedback as well.

The difference is that AI won’t really understand. Technologies know words and can link meanings and synonyms. They can produce spoken or written texts. They can even maintain a conversation through chat or customer service. But they don’t understand. Babies and children can. Human brains are just amazing. We are clever enough to use machines and technologies in those tasks that can be outsourced. This way we can concentrate on more interesting and creative tasks, and challenge our brains to keep on improving.

(Final note: AI and neural nets are very advanced technologies. For many they are just abstract and unclear terms. This text simplifies them and tries to give an overall idea of how they work. If you want to tell your own description, we’ll be more than happy to publish it here on our blog. Just leave a comment below or email us.)

Going Global: Website Localization And Translation (video)

Your potential customers abroad need to be able to understand your content. A website is an important way to be found. Everyone googles or searches information online. People tend to do searches in their own language. Translated and localized website improves your performance in finding customers.

Translation is the process of changing your content from one language to another. Localization is a step further. Localization is the process that makes the locals feel like you speak their language. Changing currencies or units are examples of localizable content. Or changing some cultural references to make the content feel more local.

It’s good to remember that translation and localization might be needed even inside the country borders. Some expressions or preferred tone of voice can differ in the different regions of a country. Asimismo, there might be people speaking different languages. Por ejemplo, Finland has three official languages. Además, many people living in Finland speak none of these three languages but some other language. The situation is similar in many countries.

Here is a short 2-minute video by Google. It explains the importance of website translation and localization extremely well.

International communication

Hopefully going global is now a little bit easier for you to do. Keep calm and start localization. If you can do it yourself, outsource or utilize a herramienta de localización. And don’t forget to check the outcome with the help of a native speaker.

Gracias a la traducción automática, Ahora queremos más traducciones

Algunas idiomas han dominado a la mayoría de contenidos en línea. Si desea un acceso a toda la interesante información disponible en línea, usted debe ser capaz de leer en inglés, Ruso, Alemán, Japonés y el otro superior idiomas online. Muy pocos de nosotros pueden hacer eso. Tecnologías avanzadas de traducción han sido desplegados para solucionar el problema de las barreras del idioma en línea. Como resultado, hoy vemos más contenido en nuestras propias lenguas. Seguir leyendo Gracias a la traducción automática, Ahora queremos más traducciones

La demanda de servicios de traducción es siempre en aumento

Este es un post invitado por Los traductores de la migración.

Para las empresas a nivel mundial son enormes mercados que aún no se ha explotado. Se ha reportado que 70% de aquellos que acceden a la web no hablan inglés, que en términos numéricos es menos 1.4 millones de personas. Cuando estas personas navegan por la red sólo se va a los sitios web que está escrita en su lengua materna o una lengua que entiendan pero no acceder a sitios web escrito en inglés. Seguir leyendo La demanda de servicios de traducción es siempre en aumento

Localización ahora ahorrará su dinero más tarde

La localización es una inversión para el futuro. Como con todas las inversiones, los gastos de un proyecto de localización corren hoy y mañana se producirán beneficios. En el contexto de la localización, Esto significa nuevos clientes extranjeros y en el cliente los costos de soporte y servicio en el futuro. Seguir leyendo Localización ahora ahorrará su dinero más tarde

Buena comunicación significa generalmente una buena traducción

Este es un post invitado por Robert Morgan.

La relación entre la buena comunicación y el lenguaje corporal es un tema interesante y complicado pero que a menudo es pasado por alto y mal entendido. En primer lugar me gustaría compartir un ejemplo personal de cómo una combinación ineficiente de estos dos factores hace traducción verbal e interpretación una tarea casi imposible. Seguir leyendo Buena comunicación significa generalmente una buena traducción