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Pundit’s Mailbag — Translation Way Cool!

Jim Prevor’s Perishable Pundit, May 3, 2007

Our piece New Translation Capabilities explained that in order to serve our growing international readership, we have added translation capabilities to the Pundit:

Simply click on the appropriate national flag in the box to the left of this column, and you can translate the Perishable Pundit into Chinese, German, Japanese, Korean, French, Italian, Portuguese or Spanish.

Since it is, of course, an electronic translation, we were a little concerned at how readable and accurate it will be. So we were pleased when one of the Pundit’s multilingual friends sent along this note:

That new translation tool is way cool — — Translation into German is not very good, but into Dutch and French very passable.

I call this customer service!!!

— Marc De Naeyer
Managing Partner
The Netherlands

We try, Marc. We really try. And we are working right now to expand into other languages. Still we would welcome some feedback from readers native in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish. Is the translation functionality good enough to use?

Many thanks to Marc for his feedback.

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