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    Translations from French. was: Re: coutinho, aircraft sextants, HR1
    From: George Huxtable
    Date: 2010 Feb 18, 21:50 -0000

    Jim Wilson wrote-
    | As a matter of interest, Google offers a free translation service at:
    | http://translate.google.com
    | It's not perfect, but I was able to use it to get the meaning of a French
    | story.
    I concur. I've used it recently to translate a recent paper in French about
    18th century instruments. It produced several absurdities, of course, but
    knowing the subject reasonably well, and having some halting French, I found
    it made the translation job a lot easier. It did all the spadework, and
    meant that I didn't have to keep running to a dictionary all the time; just
    Google claims that it operates differently from other translators; not
    trying to analyse each sentence into grammatical components, but instead
    doing the job on a statistical basis using a large database of examples.
    However it works, it seems to do it pretty well.
    contact George Huxtable, at  george@hux.me.uk
    or at +44 1865 820222 (from UK, 01865 820222)
    or at 1 Sandy Lane, Southmoor, Abingdon, Oxon OX13 5HX, UK.

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