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  • MikeT-23
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    Hi

    I need to source an informal and free online resource which might allow me to translate a request/instruction in English into two foreign languages (Saudi and Chinese – probably Cantonese AND Mandarin, just to be sure) for some neighbours in our building.
    Would there be such a thing that anyone knows of? I’ve done a quick Google search, but nothing jumps out as meeting the requirement. All help appreciated.

    Merci beaucoup; Danke schone; Grazie; Muchas Gracias; Tapa leave; thank you

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    bablefish

    MikeT-23
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    Wow. That was fast.
    Great for Chinese, but no Saudi option…yet.
    Tried it out, and we’ll have to see if it has the desired effect.

    thanks Mike.

    andym
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    Erm by ‘Saudi’ do you mean Arabic?

    Google also do translations – the only trouble is they are word by word – so can produce gibberish.

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    “they are word by word – so can produce gibberish”

    whereas babelfish produces gibberish in a far more creative way…

    MikeT-23
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    So is babelfish complete babble then?
    I may need to seek out a more professional looking site if that’s the case.
    I don’t want my neighbours thinking I talk a lot of sh1te.

    Andym – you’re quite right. I didn’t want to generalise, but subsequent research has informed me that it is, indeed, Arabic. Forgive me.

    I don’t half talk a lot of sh1te though, eh?

    Premier Icon wwaswas
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    if you want to know how good babel fish is translate soemthign from english to another language and back again.

    Premier Icon wwaswas
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    you may be luck and find someone on here who speaks one of these languages – it’s happened before.

    Is it a note about the bins?

    Moses
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    As above, both Babelfish & Google (& Systran) produce gibberish most of the time. It’s OK to trnaslate TO your language, but not FROM.

    Always do a reverse translation before writing anything to anyone else.
    I think you need to either find a friendly bilingual native or pay someone money.

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