We always say that human translation cannot be replaced by machine translation. It is inevitable that in a couple of decades, the translation job will be reduced to ‘translation editors’ especially for certain language pairs. However, translators will always be there for important texts and cultural nuances. No one is opposed to machine translation because it facilitates our lives to a certain extent, it enables us to understand the gist of some texts the language of which is not familiar to us. In this article I will introduce an innovation of Google Translate. This progres makes me excited because it will provide a non-stop reading. With the new technology, we will not have to look up the dictionary and we will not be distracted while reading e-books. Here how it works:
“Pick up a book like James Joyce’s Ulysses and you’ll likely want a library at your side to help define, translate and help give the context needed to understand the plethora of heady content inside. Before the days of the Internet, reading some of the more scholarly literary texts involved just that – having a dictionary or other reference materials on hand.
Now, Google has brought these things together by adding search, translation and word definitions directly to its Google eBooks offering.
“When bookworms stumble across a word we don’t know, we face the classic dilemma of whether to put the book down to look up the word or forge ahead in ignorance to avoid interrupting the reading experience,” writes Google engineer Derek Lei on the company’s blog. “Well, fret no more, readers, because today you can select words in Google eBooks and look up their definitions, translate them or search for them elsewhere in the book from within the Google eBooks Web Reader–without losing your page or even looking away.”
Google does this, of course, using its in-house tools, such as Google Dictionary, Google Translate and its flagship Google Search technology. Readers can also search for the word or phrase not only in the text, but in Google and Wikipedia. When looking for a word definition, readers are presented not only with a basic definition, but the ability to hear the word pronunciation.”
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