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Ask questions or just talk about different languages. Since BrainKing is an international game site supporting many languages, this board can be kind of useful.

Since we will be dealing with pronunciation of words rather than their spelling, I think it's useful to have a link to The sounds of English and the International Phonetic Alphabet.


To see translations of some frequently used phrases and sentences in other languages see Languages


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15. prosince 2017, 15:26:25
Stepanov Oleg 
Subjekt: Re: Halma on Russian
Jaak: Thanks

14. prosince 2017, 18:48:31
Jaak 
Subjekt: Re: Halma on Russian
Stepanov Oleg: I recommend to contact with Crasto because he is the only active Russian translator now.

12. prosince 2017, 17:24:12
Stepanov Oleg 
Subjekt: Re: Halma on Russian
AlliumCepa: OK. No problems. Just try inform - Russians sentences here not cool. ;-)

12. prosince 2017, 17:20:17
AlliumCepa 
Subjekt: Re: A question
King Reza: IMHO, in the examples both phrases referred to the plot. However, in a different context "takes place" could also mean "filmset". Suggesting that a motion picture was produced during ancient Greece is historically incorrect and technically unattainable.

12. prosince 2017, 17:07:29
AlliumCepa 
Subjekt: Re: Halma on Russian
Stepanov Oleg: Олег, с Русском переводят: Yuri, Crasto, ergart, Helena. Никто другой не может изменить текст. Удачи.

12. prosince 2017, 12:39:34
Stepanov Oleg 
Subjekt: Halma on Russian
I am so apologize. I suppose game Halma better translate on Russian like Хальма, not Уголки. Because Уголки (Corners) is a game with "home" 3x3, and if black finished just after white will be draw.
Can I suggest my help for rules? Some of words not correct...

20. května 2016, 18:01:57
Pedro Martínez 
Subjekt: Re: A question
King Reza: Hi Reza, I believe you are wrong indeed. Both terms refer to the plot of the movie, regardless of where the movie was filmed/shot.

20. května 2016, 13:29:53
King Reza 
Subjekt: A question
Hi. It looks like the board has been "dead" for quite a while. So, I guess I'm resurrecting it :). Here's my question: I was reading a conversation about a couple of movies, and there were two sentences which caught my attention. One said, "The movie is set in ancient China." and the other said (about a different movie), "The movie takes place in Italy." Am I right in thinking that when we're talking about a movie's being set in a place, we're referring to where the plot takes place, like the movie Mummy (the first one) is set in ancient Egypt, and that when we're talking about where a movie takes place, we're discussing where it has been filmed, so technically, a movie can never take place in ancient China? Correct me, please, if I'm wrong. I'll be grateful.

3. listopadu 2013, 13:37:18
Walter Montego 
Subjekt: Re: Hrvatski jezik
Орлин: You should ask Fencer. I am not sure how he decides to add languages. I believe people interested in a particular language also contribute to its being implemented and translated onto the site.

3. listopadu 2013, 11:56:03
Орлин 
Subjekt: Hrvatski jezik
Zdravo svima! Je li moguće dodati hrvatski jezik na našem siteu? Ja ne vidim razlog da ne može jer već ima npr. bugarski i slovački. Hrvatski mi je najvoljeniji jezik nakon maternjeg bugarskog. A ima li Hrvata na Brain Kingu? Vjerojatno ne bi bilo problem uvesti na siteu i bosanski ili srpski, koje ja također volim.

16. srpna 2013, 21:21:19
Papa Zoom 
Subjekt: Re: can someone translate this for me
rod03801: If you find odd things funny that explains why you think I'm funny! I once used google translate here for some Czech translation (English to Czech) and did I ever butcher it!

16. srpna 2013, 20:08:09
rod03801 
Subjekt: Re: can someone translate this for me
Artful Dodger: No, I never trust google translate. Unless it's something I was pretty sure about anyway. I just felt it was funny how it was saying the opposite, and the placements of the "not" part of the translation, which changed the meaning to the opposite.
I find odd things funny

16. srpna 2013, 07:07:44
Papa Zoom 
Subjekt: Re: can someone translate this for me
Pedro Martínez: thanks!

16. srpna 2013, 06:38:14
Pedro Martínez 
Subjekt: Re: can someone translate this for me
Artful Dodger: You're right, Dan. That's exactly what it means.

16. srpna 2013, 05:34:47
Papa Zoom 
Subjekt: Re: can someone translate this for me
rod03801: Hmmm, you're probably right. I said happy birthday to a friend in German (they live in Germany) and that was the response. I love the way Google translates it!

16. srpna 2013, 01:34:46
rod03801 
Subjekt: Re: can someone translate this for me
Artful Dodger: Not that Google Translate can be trusted, but it suggests the opposite.

"Thanks, Dan. I'm not certain that you speak so well Deutch"

15. srpna 2013, 23:39:55
Papa Zoom 
Subjekt: can someone translate this for me
Dank, Dan. Ich habe nicht gewissen, dass du so gut Deutch sprichst.

I think it says something like, "Thanks Dan. I didn't know that you speak German so well." ?

13. června 2012, 22:01:16
An Cat Dubh 
Anyone here wants to trade Hindi for Hebrew?

9. června 2012, 11:57:10
TAROU 
Subjekt: Re: Estonian
Jaak: I see. It's similar to English, and easy to understand for me.

9. června 2012, 06:11:15
Jaak 
Subjekt: Re: Estonian
TAROU: It is right translated but we like to write shorter:
Palun kasuta autopassi!

25. května 2012, 23:16:14
TAROU 
Subjekt: Re: Estonian
Carl: I got it on an Estonian board.
Please use auto pass = Palun kasuta automaatset passi

19. května 2012, 01:33:37
Walter Montego 
I have missed Pedro Martinez. Does anyone here or elsewhere know what has become of him?

17. května 2012, 00:11:05
Carl 
Subjekt: Estonian
Does anyone know how to write this in Estonian please. Please use auto pass.

24. února 2012, 14:47:28
TAROU 
Subjekt: Re: Slovak to English
Změněno uživatelem TAROU (25. února 2012, 04:49:13)
Milioi: Thank you! I knew they were alike...
imTranslator changed the sentence to "Byl to sami hodin jízdy".... what did the translator think of it??

21. února 2012, 23:49:06
Milioi 
Subjekt: Re: Slovak to English
TAROU: Czech translation is very similar to Slovak version, it could be like "To byl hod, samé jedničky."
It is just quite interesting how could get from "jednotky" to "journeys" :)

21. února 2012, 15:03:22
TAROU 
Subjekt: Re: Slovak to English
Milioi: Oh. Good! Thank you very much.
It looks as if I made a terrible wrong translation. Will you tell me its Czech translation for my learning, if you please?

21. února 2012, 00:12:01
Milioi 
Subjekt: Re: Slovak to English
TAROU: Toto = That, bol = was, hod = (dice) roll, samé = only, jednotky = ones (on the dice)

17. února 2012, 14:36:57
TAROU 
Subjekt: Re: Slovak to English
Změněno uživatelem TAROU (18. února 2012, 00:14:18)
lizrising: "It was very the journey of hours." ( It was the very time travel )

I translated your sentence into Czech by using "imTranslator", and into English by myself.
So I have no confidence in it...

Toto bol hod samé jednotky.
maybe... Toto=The, bol=(it) was, hod=of hours, samé=itself, jednotky=journey

17. února 2012, 13:28:25
lizrising 
Subjekt: Re: Slovak to English (translation)
vino: Thank you! That makes a lot more sense.

17. února 2012, 13:26:26
vino 
Subjekt: Re: Slovak to English (translation)
lizrising: What a roll! Three times one!

17. února 2012, 13:21:23
lizrising 
Subjekt: Re: Slovak to English
Walter Montego: I got the same translation. It was said in my opponent's first move in a Ludo game and I have no idea what that might mean.

17. února 2012, 06:04:55
Walter Montego 
Subjekt: Re: Slovak to English
lizrising: Pedro might be able to help you. I am waiting for his return to continue a few games. I'm sure he'll check out your post when he returns. He has extensive knowledge of many languages, though I do not know if he knows Slovak.

"This was the very hour drive." <----- Is what I got.

I tried Google translate. The words make sense, but without context it looks like gibberish to me too. Are the Slovak words spelled correctly and in proper tense? I was told this language, Czech, and others in this area can be very strict on these things.

17. února 2012, 01:18:44
lizrising 
Subjekt: Slovak to English
Can anyone translate this? Google Translate gave me gibberish.

Toto bol hod samé jednotky.

9. dubna 2010, 13:52:54
Pedro Martínez 
Subjekt: Re: Google Translation
puupia: LOL, it's fun indeed. I typed “What the hell are you talking about, moron?” and it ended up with “Do you like silly stories?”

9. dubna 2010, 11:19:53
puupia 
Subjekt: Re: Google Translation
fukuhara: Translation Party is a quite amusing application. It translates english phrases into japanese and then back to english. It continues translating between those two languages until it gets same english phrase two times in a row. Phrase in this link is from the description of this board. Experiment with different phrases and you might get some amazing results.

I have very limited knowledge of japanese but i still find this site very good fun. It should be even better if you're fluent in both languages. It really shows how automated translation still has a long way to go.

9. dubna 2010, 09:39:20
Pedro Martínez 
Subjekt: Re:
Změněno uživatelem Pedro Martínez (9. dubna 2010, 09:40:03)
Milioi, Gouwe gozer: In my opinion, bad translation is always worse than no translation (and the translation of “príjemnú hru” as “enjoyable game” is as bad a translation as one can be). If people want to use Google Translator, so be it, but they should be aware of the fact that they will rarely get a translation of the original sentence, especially in the case of linguistically distant languages.

9. dubna 2010, 01:57:34
Gouwe gozer 
Subjekt: Re:
Změněno uživatelem Gouwe gozer (9. dubna 2010, 02:54:44)
Milioi: I agree with you but I started the same discussion a few months ago too and is hopeless in my opinion Some people here just accept ONLY the most perfect translation and all other translations are wrong, bull or worse so I didn't reply anymore
I use " http://imtranslator.com/ " and it gives another different translation. But it gives me the idea what way I have to think about a translation, that's important and enough in my opinion I didn't ask for a perfect line, I asked for a translation, and that's what I receive It is usefull for me

8. dubna 2010, 22:52:11
Milioi 
Subjekt: Re:
Pedro Martínez: I agree that Google Translate is not perfect, but it is much better to have translation from there, when you do not understand a word. You can at least find out what the sentence could be about. And anyway the translation wasn't so bad this time, was it?

8. dubna 2010, 18:47:57
h657 
Subjekt: Re: Google Translation
fukuhara: Thanks, but I'll keep using google translator for now. Let me know if you found another links worth checking on.

8. dubna 2010, 15:03:33
fukuhara 
Subjekt: Google Translation
h657: Software translation has its limits particularly between Japanese and English is just terrible it still needs help from human experts.

8. dubna 2010, 08:39:27
aaru 
Subjekt: Re:
Pedro Martínez:

8. dubna 2010, 03:26:42
h657 
Subjekt: Re:
Pedro Martínez: Thanks Pedro! Yea, you're right, google translator sucks.

8. dubna 2010, 00:32:06
Pedro Martínez 
Subjekt: Re:
h657: Hey, today I decided to try this chess variant. Enjoy the game. Štefan.

Google Translator sucks.

7. dubna 2010, 16:05:18
h657 
Subjekt: Re:
aaru: this translate.google.com will help me enjoy not only playing but communicate with everyone around the world. Thanks again aaru. :)

7. dubna 2010, 15:52:50
aaru 
Subjekt: Re:

7. dubna 2010, 15:50:21
h657 
Subjekt: Re:
aaru: thank you so much for your help :)

7. dubna 2010, 15:42:47
aaru 
Hello, today I took courage, and try variations of this type of chess, enjoyable game. Stephen. - google translator ;)

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