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Discovering Grammar Through Translation: Sentences

Updated: Aug 14, 2023

This blog post is based on the project "Discovering Grammar Through Translation" on LanguageARC. To contribute, click here.


The Discovering Grammar Through Translation project has been on LanguageARC since 2019 and by now has amassed a significant number of participant contributions. There are a variety of languages represented in these translations. This provides us with invaluable data that can show us how different individuals who speak the same language can translate the same sentence differently and how linguistic features such as plurality, tense, and gender function in different languages. Below shows a collection of data sourced directly from participant contributions, giving us a look into how native speakers of different languages translate the same English sentence. The data is categorized by displaying the English sentence, then the language a participant has translated it into, followed by the translation (in the case that multiple translations appear under a language header, this means that there were multiple translations in that language from different participants).


Hopefully, Patricia scolded Michael.


Afrikaans

Patricia het Michael hopelik gedissiplineer.

Hopezlik het Patricia vir Michael oor die vingers getik.


French

J'espère que Patricia a grondé Michael.

J'espère que Patricia a grondé Michael qu'une fois.

Heureusement, Patricia gronda Michael.


German

Hoffentlich hat Patricia Michael gescholten.


Italian

Spero che Patricia abbia sgridato Michael.


Persian

خوشبختانه پاتریشیا مایکل را سرزنش کرد


Portuguese

Com sorte, Patrícia deu uma bronca no Michael.


Punjabi

ਉਮੀਦ ਹੈ ਪੈਤਰੀਸੀਆ ਨੇ ਮਾਈਕਲ ਨੂੰ ਝਿੜਕਿਆ ਹੋਵੇਗਾ


Swedish

Förhoppningsvis så skällde Patricia på Michael.


Turkish

Umarım Patricia Michael'I azarlamıştır.



If only Patricia had scolded Michael.


Afrikaans

As Patricia Michael maar met meer gereeld gedissiplineer het.


French

Si seulement Patricia avait grondé Michael.


German

Wenn nur Patricia Michael gescholten hat.


Hebrew

אם רק פטרישיה הייתה מעירה יותר למיכאל


isiXhosa

Ngeku gcono noba uPatricia ebemphoxa u Michael.


Italian

Se solo Patricia avesse sgridato Michael.


Mandarin

要是帕特里夏骂了迈克尔就好了。


Persian

اگر فقط پاتریشیا مایکل را سرزنش کرده بود


Portuguese

Ah se a Patricia tivesse dado mais broncas no Michael.


Punjabi

ਜੇ ਸਿਰਫ਼ ਪੈਤਰੀਸੀਆ ਮਿਸ਼ੇਲ ਨੂੰ ਝਿੜਕਦੀ ਹੁੰਦੀ


Swedish

Om Patricia ändå hade skällt på Michael.


Turkish

Keşke Patricia Michael'ı azarlamış olsaydı.


Vietnamese

Lẽ ra Patricia phải mắng Michael.



Mary used to greet James.


Afrikaans

Mary het gewoonlik vir James gegroet.

Mary was gewoond om James te groet.

Mary het normaalweg vir James gegroet.

Mary het altyd vir James gegroet.


Arabic

ماريا كانت كتسلم على دجيمس


Ashante Twi

Na Mary kyea James.


Bengali

মেরি জেমসকে অভিবাদন জানাতো


chiShona

Maria aiwanzo kwazisa James.

Mary aigarokwazisa James.


French

Mary avait l'habitude de saluer James.

Mary avait l'habitude d'accueillir James.

Mary avait l'habitude de saluer James.


German

Maria hat James früher gegrüßt.

Mary hat James damals gegrüßt.


Hebrew

מרי נהגה לקבל את פניו של ג'יימס בברכה.


Hungarian

Mary régebben üdvözölte James-t.


Icelandic

Mary var vön að heilsa James.


isiXhosa

UMary wayeqele ubulisa uJames.


isiZulu

UMary ubebingelele uJames.


Italian

Maria salutava a Giacomo.

Mary era solita salutare James

Mary era solita salutare James.

Mary salutava James.


Mandarin

瑪麗以前會跟詹姆斯打招呼。

玛丽过去常和詹姆斯打招呼。


Persian

مری عادت داشت که به جیمز سلام کنه


Portuguese

Mary costumava cumprimentar James.

Mary costumava dar oi para o James.

A Mary costumava cumprimentar o James.


Punjabi

ਮੈਰੀ ਜ਼ੇਮਸ ਨੂੰ ਨਮਸਕਾਰ ਕਰਨ ਦੀ ਆਦੀ ਸੀ


Sesotho

Mary o tloaetse ho lumelisa James.


Spanish

Mary solía saludar a James.


Swedish

Mary brukade hälsa på James


Turkish

Mary James'e selam verirdi.

Mary, James'i selamlardı.



Maria will keep greeting Patricia.


Afrikaans

Mary sal Patricia aanhou groet.


French

Mary saluera Patricia.

Mary félicitera Patricia de temps en temps.

Mary va continuer à saluer Patricia.


Hebrew

מרי תמשיך לקבל את פניה של פטרישיה בברכה


Italian

Mary continuera' a dare il benvenuto a Patricia.


Persian

مری به سلام کردن به پاتریشیا ادامه خواهد داد


Portuguese

Maria vai continuar cumprimentando a Patrícia.


Turkish

Mary Patricia'yı selamlamaya devam edecek.


Michael is greeting Robert.


Afrikaans

Michael is besig om Robert te groet.


French

Michael est en train de saluer Robert.

Michael est en train de féliciter Robert.

Michael salue Robert.


Hebrew

מיכאל אומר שלום לרוברט


isiXhosa

UMichael uzambulisa uRobert.

UMichael ubulisa uRobert.


Italian

Michael dara' il benvenuto a Robert.


Mandarin

迈克尔在问候罗伯特。


Persian

مایکل داره به رابرت سلام میکنه


Portuguese

Michael está cumprimentando Robert.


Turkish

Michael Robert'ı selamlıyor.


Did he leave already?


Afrikaans

Is hy reeds weg?


Danish

Er han allerede taget af sted?


Eastern Punjabi

ਕੀ ਉਸਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ ਹੀ ਛੱਡ ਦਿੱਤਾ ਸੀ


French

Est-il déjà parti ?


German

Ist er schon weg?


Hungarian

Már el is ment?


I can call her later.


Afrikaans

Ek kan haar later bel.


Brazilian Portuguese

Eu posso chamá-la mais tarde.


Danish

Jeg kan ringe til hende senere.


Eastern Punjabi

ਮੈਂ ਉਸਨੂੰ ਬਾਦ ਵਿਚ ਕਾਲ ਕਰ ਸਕਦਾ ਹਾਂ


French

Je peux la rappeller plus tard.


German

Ich kann sie später anrufen.


Hungarian

Később fel tudom hívni.


Italian

Posso chiamarla dopo.


Is he still there?


Danish

Er han der stadig?


French

Il est toujours là ?


German

Ist er noch da?


Hungarian

Még ott van?


Is her cell phone not working?


Afrikaans Werk haar selfoon nie?


Danish

Virker hendes mobil ikke?


Eastern Punjabi

ਕੀ ਉਸ ਦਾ ਸੈੱਲ ਫ਼ੋਨ ਕੰਮ ਨਹੀਂ ਕਰ ਰਿਹਾ?


French

Son téléphone est-il cassé ?

Son téléphone ne marche pas ?


German

Funktioniert ihr Handy nicht?


That would be amazing.


French

Ça serait super !

Ça serait génial.


German

Das wäre toll.


Hungarian

Az nagyszerű lenne.


Danish

Det ville være fantastisk.


Eastern Punjabi

ਇਹ ਕਮਾਲ ਦਾ ਹੋਵੇਗਾ


People who speak multiple languages fluently are needed to help create accurate translations for multilingual corpora aid human language technologies. In projects like “Discovering Grammar Through Translation”, by using controlled elicitation, bilingual or multilingual individuals can contribute their language knowledge without being experts in machine translation technology.

 

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