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October 9, 2013

Align Parallel Texts and Help Improve Google Translate

When you select one the following language pairs in Google Translate: French <-> English or German <-> English, you might see a message at the bottom of the page: "Please help Google Translate improve quality for your language here". The link sends you to a page like this one (French -> English) or this one (German -> English).

It's an interesting way to help Google Translate become more accurate. Here's what you need to do: "In the translated sentence, select the words which mean the highlighted word in the original sentence."

It's likely that all the texts from this experiment are used to train Google Translate and they include professional translations. This might help Google Translate improve the word-level alignment of Google's parallel corpora.

For the English to German pair, you can change the task to "Select all good translations of the following term":

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