Machine Translation

Sensitivity is key factor to demanding profession

Speaking a foreign language fluently doesn't necessarily mean you are qualified to be a translator. In fact, it's soft skills, such as cultural awareness and an ability to interpret the meaning in the message, that shows you have what it takes.

Saturday, 2 February, 2008, 12:00am

Translation software good for big picture rather than fine detail

I use an iBook and would like to be able to type simplified Chinese characters in both Word documents and e-mails. What software do I need? Are there any free applications on the internet or any from Apple? Can I use Chinese characters on MSN Messenger? I'm also looking for software for Chinese to English translation.

Rui Ling


9 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

It's language, Jim, but not as we know it

Just how are those extraordinary translations from Chinese into English achieved? 'Story is according to The Pulitzer of the 1998 the Prize cloak-and-dagger work to reorganise, rely on the [to jump out of my world the] [Billy Elliott]', begins the compelling summary of The Hours on the pirate DVD cover.

8 May 2004 - 12:00am

Barking mad

Hong Kong dogs can stop feeling jealous of their mobile-crazed owners who talk non-stop on the phone and leave them hanging.

4 Sep 2002 - 12:00am

Translation services struggle for right word

If you are a frequent Web surfer like myself, you probably have used the AltaVista search engine frequently to track down those hard-to-find Web sites.

What you probably have not tried, though, is the little 'Translate' link which appears next to the search results provided by AltaVista. I hadn't until last week when curiosity got the better of me.

19 Mar 1998 - 12:00am

Web breaks language barriers

Douglas Adams' classic sci-fi novel The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy [], described a creature named the babel fish, that space travellers carry in their ears as an indispensable translation tool.

In the near future, you won't need the fish, so long as you have a Web browser and a good Internet connection.

13 Jan 1998 - 12:00am