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Rewiring the World of Translation

At SpeakLike, we’re huge fans of TED talks and are especially inspired by Ethan Zuckerman’s recent presentation at TED Global. Ethan makes a compelling argument that the internet is incredibly segmented by culture and language. Ethan also makes clear that there needs to be a better way to organize and facilitate on-demand human translation.  Since 2008, SpeakLike has been building a community of thousands of qualified native speakers from around the world (with hundreds joining weekly). SpeakLike merges human capacity with it’s advanced crowdsourcing platform, facilitating on-demand translation into 37 languages.   At SpeakLike, we consider ourselves a sort of human translation curator, empowering native speakers to translate all content fit for print.  Our ultimate goal is to facilitate communication in any language.

Some interesting points in the presentation:

  • The top four represented countries on Twitter are US, Japan, Brazil, and India.
  • Chinese is the most represented language on the internet (over 400 million users).
  • Parts of the world are systematically disconnected (compelling visualization of flight paths).
  • Imaginary cosmopolitanism: The web connects the globe, but most of us end up hearing mainly from people just like ourselves. To that end, online media is not necessarily helping diversify content bias (ex. most Wikipedia articles are geo-tagged in US).
  • Global Voices - An international community of bloggers who report on blogs and citizen media from around the world.
  • Machine translation (ex. Google Translate) is good but not good enough. There needs to be a way to organize and facilitate human translation on a cue.

A Translation Tool for WordPress Bloggers

Attention WordPress bloggers: We teamed up with Worldwide Lexicon to create a plugin that allows you to translate your blog into up to 35 languages.

The plugin gives you the option of SpeakLike business-quality translation, community translation performed by blog readers, and machine translation. You’ll be able to set various preferences and controls; for example, you can temporarily show a machine translation of a blog entry while waiting for the SpeakLike translation to be completed.

Once you’ve installed the WordPress plugin, enter your SpeakLike account information to give your readers access to your blog in their own language. Everything else is automated.

The plugin is free. Download it here and start blogging to the entire world!