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In which an old dog attempts to learn new tricks.
And this is why we'll still need human translators for a while yet
To be honest, I'm always amazed that Google translate and other computer based translation systems work at all. For straightforward prose in standard English, they do work remarkably well. Though you should only ever really use them for translating from foreign to native. So if you come across an article on the web, a computer translation will certainly give you the gist of it, though there may be the occasional weird sentence, which is why it really isn't a good idea to use it from native to foreign, at least not if you want to be sure of what you are saying!

But when you get into more specialised language, computer translations tend to fall apart. Even with helpful photos, the collective knowledge of the Creative Crochet Crew were having great difficulty making sense of this translation of a crochet pattern from Russian.

Level 2: At this auction we going to do in between. I've done intermediate chains 1 handrails at the beginning of And 3rd in the same place I've increased by 2 handrails.

Level 3: Every 6 banister railing by an increase in the same place I was two. 4.Place: Every 5 banister railing by an increase in the same place I was two. thus lower floors will make you have finished our base.

Now open the fourth time color rope stretched together by connecting one single peanut and spiders are doing. 4.trabz jumped in between the banister until 3 1 peanuts, we are completing the order form together a single spider.

1st row of the finished happens.

1 of pistachio nuts on 2.sırayı likewise, we weave together form a single spider.

In this way we weave 4 rows.

1 of pistachio nuts are doing on 5.sıra again but this time the duo to search spiders are doing.

As someone commented, "I thought the boxes, handrails, and vine leaves were confusing until I made it to the nuts and spiders!" and another said, "If I ever end up making one I'm going to call it the Nutty Spider Flower." :)

It would probably be decipherable, with a lot of work. "Spiders", "banisters" and "pistachios" are possibly terms in Russian for various crochet stitches (like we have "shells" and "puff stitches" or refer to "petals"), or more likely it's just not quite the right word and should be something like "web", "row" and "bobble". :)

Current Mood: amused amused

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nutmeg3 From: nutmeg3 Date: January 29th, 2014 11:54 am (UTC) (Link)
I think you've discovered a new species of flower, and I'm very eager to see what it looks like.
athgarvan From: athgarvan Date: January 29th, 2014 12:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have a number of Russian readers and I find the old translations not too bad for short common sentences. Technical terms of course do present a problem as is understandable.
karinfromnosund From: karinfromnosund Date: January 29th, 2014 02:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
I would actually expect machine translation to work fairly well on crotchet patterns, but, as with human translators, you need specific domain knowledge. That is, your translator must know that it is translating a crotchet pattern, and make that domain´s words, phrases and patterns available (and those of other domains unavailable, of course).
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: January 29th, 2014 04:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, I suspect that Google Translate just doesn't have the right vocabulary for crochet. However,as you say, if someone modified the translator, patterns ought to work well. Problems occur because abbreviations are not totally standardised and there is also the problem that US and UK names for crochet stitches are different! This is why patterns in diagram form as so useful and, unlike written patterns, universal.
khiemtran From: khiemtran Date: January 29th, 2014 07:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think google does have a "suggest a translation" option, so all it would probably take is one bilingual crocheter to train it with a few examples. Of course for the same effort, they could probably train your group as well, but with the former the whole world gets to benefit.
dendrophilous From: dendrophilous Date: January 30th, 2014 02:47 am (UTC) (Link)
I love that it has both peanuts and pistachios. I'd like to keep the spiders out of my crochet, though.
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