Posted by: bwoof | November 24, 2009

Amazing translating

Today I attended an afternoon workshop related to the pilot we started re our new school website. There’s a tool called Rapid Web Designer (RWD) which will hopefully help us develop content within easy to use templates.

Well, we’ll have to wait and see how it all works out, but I’m hopeful.

Further, I learned a most amazing thing that could help solve our translation problems with the many (!!!) different languages that are in our school.

Did you know that there’s this thing called Google Translate and it will literally take your original text in whatever language it’s in, and then translate that to any number of other languages. It might not be 100% perfect, but it’s probably good enough for us to use as a way to increase communication home to our many diverse families. Incredible!

This smart function can be embedded on website (and our school will have it for sure) and it can read html, xml, pdfs, word docs etc….all with a clicky click of a button.

Grateful for:

  • Nationwares and the story about the jade pendant necklaces, how they are made, and how micro-business loans really do work
  • Brian Stewart‘s amazing speech at dinner tonight…recall that he is one of Canada’s top journalists and it was he who broke the 1984 Ethiopian famine story which I still remember vividly
  • a healing conversation with two boys in conflict that ended with them both realizing that despite their very different cultures and backgrounds they are both quite similar and both come from little remote villages, altogether very different from big Canada where not everyone knows your name

Curious about:

  • red hat
  • how does that translator actually work in Google?

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