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Date:         Sun, 31 Aug 2008 23:54:58 +0100
From: Humanist Discussion Group <willard.mccarty-AT-MCCARTY.ORG.UK>
Subject: 22.187 handheld translators
To: humanist-AT-Princeton.EDU


               Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 22, No. 187.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
                        www.princeton.edu/humanist/
                     Submit to: humanist-AT-princeton.edu



         Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2008 23:53:11 +0100
         From: Humanist Discussion Group <willard.mccarty-AT-mccarty.org.uk>
         Subject: Re: 22.185 handheld translators?

My husband recently purchased one of these sorts of tools for his
Russian-speaking mother, and he found many available from the website
www.languageteacher.com. There are several options that will translate
between Greek, English and multiple other European languages.
They range

from $179 (from-to GREEK, ENGLISH, GERMAN, FRENCH, SPANISH, ITALIAN,
ARABIC PORTUGUESE, DUTCH, RUSSIAN, FARSI (Persian), TURKISH, HINDI
(Indian), URDU (Pakistani))

to $280 (from-to  ENGLISH, GERMAN, FRENCH, SPANISH, ITALIAN,
PORTUGUESE, DUTCH, RUSSIAN, FINNISH, ESTONIAN,  LITHUANIAN, LATVIAN,
TURKISH, ARABIC, FARSI (Persian), URDU (Pakistani), HINDI (Indian),
TIBETAN, DANISH, NORWEGIAN, SWEDISH, CROATIAN, BURMESE, THAI, LAOS,
VIETNAMESE, SLOVAKIAN, MALAY, INDONESIAN, POLISH, CZECH, BULGARIAN,
HUNGARIAN, ROMANIAN, SLOVENIAN, CHINESE, CAMBODIAN, JAPANESE, KOREAN).

His is a very basic Russian-English model but it's easy to use and has
something like 400,000 words. I believe his comes with the American
Heritage Dictionary, others have other dictionaries (New Oxford
Dictionary, for example); I'm not certain what the overlap is between
the words in the English dictionary and the words that are actually
available for translation, so it isn't clear whether the dictionary
included is an indication of the scholarly suitability of the
translation tool itself.

I can't say anything about the quality of the tools on this site
generally, but it's a place to start.

Dot

On Sat, Aug 30, 2008 at 7:37 PM, Humanist Discussion Group
<willard.mccarty-AT-mccarty.org.uk> wrote:
>              Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 22, No. 185.
>      Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
>                       www.princeton.edu/humanist/
>                    Submit to: humanist-AT-princeton.edu
>
>
>
>        Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2008 01:34:49 +0100
>        From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty-AT-mccarty.org.uk>
>        >
> A scholarly friend is in need of a handheld, PDA-type device for
> translating single words to and from English and the major European
> languages, including, if possible, modern Greek. The vocabulary of this
> wished-for device has to be suitable for scholarly purposes, not simply
> for finding taxis and booking hotel rooms. She does not want a device
> that speaks or one that does phrases, though either capability would not
> be objectionable if it does not impede her use of it for reading
> scholarly articles in quiet libraries.
>
> All suggestions welcome.
>
> Many thanks.
>
> Yours,
> WM
>

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