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Sunday, February 14, 2010

13. Google Translator offers Haitian Creole (text and sound) (free)

Google's translator now offers English/Kreyol translation, with the added bonus of being able to hear the words/phrases in Kreyol. http://www.google.com/translate_t?text=How+can+I+help+you%3F&sl=en&tl=ht#submit. The voice synthesizer works pretty well, but be cautious, as some key sounds don't come out quite right, such as the "ou" pronoun at the end of a phrase, which is usually reduced to a "w" sound in Kreyol, but can sound more like the vowel "ah" in this dictionary. This dictionary is built off of corpus data from multiple sources, including a large database from Carnegie Mellon University, so at least in its written version, it may be more accurate than dictionaries built more intuitively. It is still a work in progress, and invites user-suggested "better translations" and additional datasets to continue building from.

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