Foreign Language Translation Aids

By: Mikio Moriyasu - Revised: 2006-07-13 devin


Foreign language translation aids have become increasingly important in today's world economy where accurate, cross-cultural communications is a necessity. While most assume that this need largely applies to the finance and business communities, it is also true of the rapidly expanding worlds of science, education, and technology.

While the font packs and foreign alphanumeric keyboard settings available for most word processing applications and web browsers are more than sufficient for some, they are woefully inadequate others. Individuals working in highly specialized fields must be able to communicate complex or unique concepts to their colleagues. This is a relatively straight forward task if they have a working comprehension of the grammar, sentence structure, and colloquialisms characteristic of the desired language. If they do not have these skills, however, these individuals will require the use of translation aids that have a high degree of language proficiency built into them.

Following an inquiry by a professor regarding the general availability of this kind of assistance, research was done to answer this question. These pages document the results of that research.

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