JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen WEB sites translating letters into Spanish #general

Jose Gutstein <jmg-miami@...>

Being fluent in Spanish, I should caution that such literal translations
sometimes result in very unusual language, to say the least, though I
realize such a Web Site feature IS certainly better than nothing.

I tried the Web Site Stephen Mednick mentioned (see below) using the English
text that he wrote in the posting. The result was a Spanish translation
that, though understandable (especially since I had read the English version
and knew what to expect), produced some strange phrasing and grammar. It
takes words and produces a literal translation, instead of taking phrases at
a time. Spanish doesn't lend itself to such literal translations.

But like I said before, it does at least produce a result that is readable,
though I caution, not in all cases, depending on the intricacy of the
original English text.

Jose Gutstein

Stephen Mednick wrote:

Thanks very much to Ricki Zunk who put me onto a very useful web site to
help achieve my objective listed below.

The web location is the AltaVista Translations facility and the web
address is At
this site you can enter text in one language and it will translate it
into another for you. With reference to the letter I wanted to mail, I
cut the text >from the WORD document and pasted it into the text box at
the web site and hit the translate button. After the translated text
appeared, I highlighted the text and hit COPY and then using a new WORD
document pasted the translated text into until I eventually had
constructed the letter I wanted written in Spanish.

The translation facility supports a number of popular languages.

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