Tag Archives: Finnish language

HS Talkoot: Microtask to the rescue of Finnish media history

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… chance to achieve eternal glory, top placement in the charts and the satisfaction of preserving Finnish media history.

HS Talkoot will be open until the end of October. Each week the best player will get a free 6 month subscription to the digital edition of Helsingin Sanomat. Put yourself to the test, for something noble…and fun!

More information on the project is available directly on the HS Talkoot webpage.

Oops, we did it again!

HS Talkoot is our second project correcting …

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Duolingo Beta put to the test: can you learn a language while translating the web?

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… von Ahn introduces his new project, Duolingo. Duolingo’s goal, in short, is to crowdsource language teaching. Here’s the twist: users will be able to learn a new tongue free of charge while translating the web through (unpaid, obviously) microwork.

Given the revolutionary nature of this idea, you can understand my excitement when the invitation for the Duolingo Beta landed recently in my mailbox. (It was also a great chance to refresh my rusty Spanish skills, recently put to the …


Crowdsourcing and machine translation: the start of a beautiful friendship

Posted on by Hannu I. Miettinen

… feel there is a conspiracy against computers. Take the entry on Machine-aided translation in the Finnish version of Wikipedia. Far from being neutral, the article’s author seems determined to rubbish all machine translation. He offers readers a Finnish translation of the following English text, done using Google’s translator:

“William Shakespeare (baptized 26 April 1564 – 23 April 1616) was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English …

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Crowdsourcing: an ancient Finnish tradition?

Posted on by Hannu I. Miettinen

… very familiar”.

Then I realized why. Crowdsourcing is really just a new name for a very old Finnish idea: talkoot.

Talkoot is a form of collective voluntary work that’s been practiced in Finland for over 1300 years. The concept dates back to when people first began to build log houses. Because houses had to be completed before winter (and because it’s hard to lift a ridge-pole all on your own) people called on their (often very distant) friends and neighbors to help with …


Speaking in tongues: how the crowd is transforming translation

Posted on by Jani Penttinen

… exciting, but I believe we are just at the beginning of a whole new era. In years to come, the language will no longer be a barrier of entry to new markets. We are one huge step closer to a world where everyone can understand each other, and participate in a global marketplace.

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