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On Line Translators And Philatelic Terms

 
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Posted 11/20/2021   12:30 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add Timm to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Why do on line translators like GOOGLE have a horrible time translating philatelic terms?

Example: With Google I type in Danske Snedkermestres Fællesudstilling af Bohave; the Danish to English reply I get is the same... Danske Snedkermestres Fællesudstilling af Bohave

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Posted 11/20/2021   1:07 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add bookbndrbob to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Statistically, philatelic usage of a word happens much less often than most other usages. Creators of the software don't bother with specialized/arcane usege.

Even the best 'hard copy' general dictionaries don't include many specialized terms.
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Posted 11/20/2021   1:19 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add revcollector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Sometimes it will translate one word at a time, or part of one word at a time. It sometimes pays to play around with translate a bit.
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Posted 11/20/2021   1:20 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add StatesmanStamper to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I've been dealing with something similar as I begin working on my Hungarian collection. You might try shorter blocks of words from a longer phrase like this.

Danske Snedkermestres -> Danish Cabinet Masters

Fællesudstilling af Bohave -> Joint exhibition of Bohave

It's not perfect, but in my case I've been able to get the gist of the meaning in my Hungarian catalog.

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Posted 11/20/2021   5:41 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Bobby De La Rue to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

Quote:
or part of one word at a time


When I was trying to translate some of the terms from Ascher's postal stationery catalogue from German into English, this is how I had to do it in some cases.

Granted, this was over a decade ago.
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Posted 11/22/2021   01:58 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Timm to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I found a site that does a MUCH better job of translating than GOOGLE.
Try: translate.com

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Posted 11/22/2021   02:56 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add cupram to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Timm-try "deepL.com"




and "austrianphilately.com" (german-english philatelic dictionary)
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