GoogleTranslate

Irish is now one of the languages that is included in Google’s GoogleTranslate tool. This means that one can now translate text from Irish to a multitude of other languages, as well as in the other direction. The translation is often far from perfect (although it can be perfect as well), but it is often adequate in order to understand the intended sense of the original text.

The quality of the translation will improve over time, as more and more translated text databases are added to the resource. The greater the size and quality of the database, the better the translation will be, since the methodology used in the translation process is based on the analysis of quality parallel texts (i.e. translated texts), finding patterns, matches, words and so on.

The Site

This is the GoogleTranslate site:

The interface language will depend on the settings of your own computer.

Another Intended Use of GoogleTranslate

GoogleTranslate is not just about pure translation. One of its main purposes is to allow people in different countries, with different languages, to read and understand each other’s webpages. It is now possible to set a webpage such that it shows in the language of the visitor, through automatic on-the-spot translation provided by the likes of GoogleTranslate.

LibreOffice - The Choice for Irish

We recommend it to anyone who is writing in Irish do download and use the free computer application called LibreOffice. This is an excellent wordprocessor that hosts a spellchecker and thesaurus, for example. One can make PDFs from documents easily as well.

In LibreOffice, it is possible to open MS Word documents, make changes, and save again as a MS Word document, if required.

An Foclóir Beag (Dictionary)

An Foclóir Beag, the Irish/Irish dictionay, is available on line. It offers more than the print version; for example, one can see verbs and adjectives in all their forms.

Potafocal

If you are looking for information, including translations, related to a word, you might not need to look any further than potafocal.com. This site uses many different resources to present to the user many different aspects related to the word. It even contains straight links to well-known sites such as focal.ie. It is well worth a visit.