Friday, October 23, 2009

Google's Bulgarian Picture Dictionary

Language translation is serious business, but playing with automatic translation tools is just fun.

I use Google Translate a lot, along with their translation bots. I've played with the Word Monkey gadget for iGoogle.

I've even built spreadsheets to do translation with Google's spreadsheet functions; I'd bet even beginning corpus-linguistics students could do some cool experiments with these.

Today, my pal, Kevin Cohen, put up this Google Chat status message:
My favorite Bulgarian word is хляб. What's yours?
I put it into Google Image Search, to see what would happen, and got this.

I think I can guess what хляб means.


Anonymous said...

Those translation tools are getting more and more sophisticated all the time. And people in the translation business are taking notice. Google translate is one of the better ones, and I've used quotes translated directly from it for marketing purposes (because there's a lot of wiggle room when quoting customers in other countries who are basically saying what we told them to say in the first place...)

Jeanne Panossian said...

Oooh, I like the idea of the image search! I came to check out your blog because I saw you started the USMC Wave.