Yandex Launches Online Translation Service for Russian and Ukrainian

Yandex Launches Online Translation Service for Russian and Ukrainian

16th March 2011

We all have something to say about Google Translate. Usually we complain that it’s not good enough. Or we like it, because it does help us get started. What we do know is that we shouldn’t use it to actually translate a website.

One of the languages which Google has issues with is Russian. That is one of the reasons why Yandex is bigger and better in Russia. Now Yandex is making use of that extra knowledge by launching a Google Translate competitor for the languages Google is struggling with: Russian and Ukrainian.The service translates text or web pages in Russian into English or Ukrainian. Conversely, text and web pages in English or Ukrainian can be translated into Russian.

From the press release:

“Yandex’s machine translation technology is statistical. It builds special-purpose dictionaries based on analyses of millions of documents – originals and translations. When translating text, the system picks the most statistically probable translation in a given context. To read more about Yandex’s machine translation technology, visit this page.”

Aleksey Baytin, head of Yandex.Translate says:

“Statistical machine translation, of course, cannot compare with human translation, especially professionally done. But, more often than not, all a user needs is just a general idea of what other people think of a hotel abroad or how a certain event is covered in the foreign media. An online translator can easily help with that. And do that in a matter of seconds”.


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Bas van den Beld is an award winning Digital Marketing consultant, trainer and speaker. He is the founder of State of Digital and helps companies develop solid marketing strategies.
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