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Topic # 123185 27-Jun-2013 15:30
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Just wondering why there is no google translation available between English and Maori?

http://translate.google.co.nz/

Anybody got an idea?

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  Reply # 846260 27-Jun-2013 15:54
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Not enough speakers/users would be my guess.





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  Reply # 846316 27-Jun-2013 17:08
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Google translate works by having access to lots of multi lingual documents, ( from places like the UN, EU and other multi language document generators) it can trawl these and work out correct translations, 

Maori is traditionally an oral language, heck it was only codified into a written latin based script from the late 1700s and even today the list of te-reo and english web pages/documents  that google can trawl is limited,

Without a big corpus of documents Google is not really able to provide any semblance of a proper translation service 


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  Reply # 846349 27-Jun-2013 18:48
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If you want to do translation of words (as opposed to phrases a la Google) there is an excellent NZ dictionary online that translates to/from each of NZ's three official languages: http://nzsl.vuw.ac.nz/





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  Reply # 846540 28-Jun-2013 08:50
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Elpie: If you want to do translation of words (as opposed to phrases a la Google) there is an excellent NZ dictionary online that translates to/from each of NZ's three official languages: http://nzsl.vuw.ac.nz/




Thanks for that. Will have a look

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  Reply # 847706 1-Jul-2013 13:47
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Article in the Herald about it today, currently in development and requesting volunteers to help tweak the translation engine.

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