Poor Quality Translation

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Hello,

I received a letter from Jose (BO038300524) the other day.  When I turned to the translation page, I was quite shocked at how short it was, since the letter appeared to be a bit longer, so I typed the letter into google translate.

I have some concerns with the translation I received.  The translator completely left out Jose's prayer request, and also cut a number of the sentences short, leaving out other little bits of information, that, while not rendering it completely inaccurate, change the tone from one of conversation and communication, to a list of unrelated sentences.

I don't mind using google translate to get to the heart of his letter, but it makes me wonder if some of the shorter, stunted letters I've gotten from my other kids in Thailand may also be effected by poor translation.  I can't double check those.
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Garry Sagel

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Hi Jamie. I am another sponsor, and I understand your concern. You can use Google translate for Thai. Many of the Asian languages translate cleaner than Spanish. I am never sure that a Spanish translation is accurate. Hopefully, they get it straightened out for you.
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Hi Garry,

Thanks for the information.  How do you use Google translate for Thai?  I can't even tell the characters apart to be able to type them in, even if I had a thai keyboard.  How do you get them into the program?
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Just search on google translate thai. You would have to have an electronic version, that you can copy and paste. You are right about not being able to type the characters. You could do it in reverse, copy and paste, or type, the English translation, and see if the Thai looks the same. But, if you can do either of the above, Asian languages seem to translate pretty smoothly.
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I think that is the problem then. I don't have an electronic version that google translate will accept, and like I mentioned, I can't tell the characters apart to be able to compare then if I were to try a reverse translation, especially given the fact they are all handwritten.
I'm actually trying to learn Thai now, for this very reason. If I can get past the alphabet, I may eventually get there.
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Good luck in that venture. It may be easier than it looks, but it should be interesting.
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Jamie, I am so sorry you received such a low quality translation of your letter. I am sending this to the country office in Bolivia so that they can work with this translator and improve their translation services. I am also asking them to re-translate this letter. If you suspect any issue with your letters from Thailand, please let us know about those too so we can look into it and correct it. Thank you for bringing this to our attention! 

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