Hello Global Grade 3,
I’m sorry I haven’t been able to comment on your post sooner but time has been busy for me.
Seeing you fill out the borrower’s card in the old fashioned way brought back fond of when I was your age at school. We didn’t have computers in school back then so borrowing books involved the same process you are showing. It may not be high tech but it works.
Being able to share old, no longer needed resources with others is both kind and waste saving. While your school now uses bar codes, for Q’enqo, the books pockets will be a wonderful addition to their resources. Passing on the pockets is a great recycling activity.
I think everyone’s comments are wonderful. Where there is a trend for people to watch a movie rather than read a story, it’s worth remembering there are very many more stories in print than there are in films. The gift of learning to read can open up your eyes to a world of adventure. Imagine the changes ahead for the children of Q’encho as they discover the world through books.
It may be too late for these answers to your questions but I’ll share them anyway…
Do you know of an ACCURATE English to Spanish translator that will help us to write captions on the photos we have taken in Spanish?
Accuracy is important when using translation software. I use a translator to read and write in other languages but we must take care with them. Even with good software, there can be errors of context (the wrong words in the right place).
What do I use? I use Google translate. There is a technique to improve accuracy when using Google Translate. The first part is to keep your comments simple because they are easier to translate correctly. The second part involves the following steps…
Recently, I was given the task to write a short story in five sentences each with five words based on a theme of good things come in fives. Here is what I wrote...
“Good things come in fives?”
My daughter just now five.
“Five fingers and five toes.”
“Is that all?” she asks.
“Three children, two parent’s love.”
Now let's see how I would go about translating it using Google Translate....
This is what greets you when you open Google Translate. The left hand box is where you type your words or where you paste what has been written. Above the typing box you can see two tabs. One is marked "From: detect language" and the is marked "To: ***". Click and hold on the "To:" box and your choices of language will appear. Select Spanish. Now click "Translate" and the translated text should appear.
This shows what has happened when I copied and pasted my story into the left hand box, selected Spanish and clicked on translate. No, the job hasn't finished as the text may not make sense.
Copy the Spanish text on the right hand side.
Now erase the text on the English left hand and paste in the Spanish. The English version should now appear on the right. You will see some things have translated incorrectly. For example,
Line 1: "fives" is now "five years".
Line 2: may be a little different but makes sense so it is okay
Line 3: "Five toes" has become "Feet five"
Line 4: "She asks" has become "Question"
Libe 5: "Two parent's love" has become "two of parental live"
Now I copy the English text on the right so I can make some changes.
You can see the changes I've made to the English version. The Spanish has now been changed on the right.
This is the hard part if you don't have a simple text to translate. You have to keep copying, pasting and changing until you have happy both the English and Spanish versions make sense. This is why it's important to keep what you write in English simple. For posters, short and simple text is easier for people to remember and much easier to translate into another language.
Look at the much simpler text....
English: Have you read a good book?
Spanish: ¿Has leído un buen libro?
With such simple text, Google Translate made the translation correctly on the first attempt. When I copied and pasted the Spanish, the English matched the original so it should be correct.
Google Translate link: http://translate.google.com/
Can you think of any OTHER ideas to help us build Capacity for this project?
Your modelling of reading through photos is a wonderful method of showing how much enjoyment there can be in reading. When the Q’encho children see you read and enjoy books they would be more likely to want to join in the fun.