User:Pyrophoria Nimbus

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Bio

Rez Date November 1, 2006, but I didn't really engage until March, 2007.
Accepted into SL Mentor Program I have no idea.
Avatar Looks like me in RL, albeit thinner. Sometimes I'm not human. What's the point of a Second Life if you can't be what you dream?
SL Skills Intermediate scripting and building.
Interests Reading, travel, family, mythology, good conversation, thinking, music, art, coffee, hot chocolate, Scotland, Scotch, fall and winter, snow, thunderstorms, the first cold snap... and fireplaces.
Hobbies Calligraphy, animation, writing, storytelling, creating.
Languages English and some Italian. I can understand a fair amount of Spanish. I'll attempt virtually any language I have a translator for, while awaiting the arrival of a mentor fluent in that language.

Translation Devices

While a mentor who speaks a language fluently is always the first choice, with people from all over the world coming into Second Life, it's often handy to have a translation device to help with basic communications. I can't list all of them here, I am not advocating any particular one, and I cannot speak to the quality of the translations. I can only say that all of these have been used by me, and have worked adequately.

The costs are only here for comparison, and are valid as of October 25, 2008. In the language list for each tool, italics denotes a language that is not in all the tools.

Additional Resources:

Languages Spoken by Volunteers: https://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Category:Languages_spoken_by_Volunteers
Translations of Second Life Notecards: Text From In-World Notecards

Usage Note: How well a translator works is greatly affected by how clearly you type in your native language. Slang (even "ok") generally won't translate, nor will chat shorthand or English contractions (eg, "don't"). Punctuation matters, as well.


Turkish Language Note:
thanks to Uniq Xeno, I have found two translators that work for Turkish: Qtranslator and AF Translator Pro (I'll be adding them to the list below, and the are sold at the Turkish slurl listed below). Since Uniq speaks Turkish and owns Turkiye Island and Orient Island, I'm guessing that means the translators work fairly well :-). The links below have Orientation areas and wonderfully friendly helpers (they're like LL mentors, but hired by Uniq).
Browser-based translation tool (the only one I've found that is even close to usable):
http://translation.babylon.com/English/to-Turkish
Turkish Orientation area (HI translated with pictures), Reall Team - Turkey Yardim AdasiD
Turkish Sim - Welcome area (great area to meet people), .C*TurkiyeC*. www.InSlTurkiye.comD
Turkish Sim - new user area (translators, cheap clothing/skins, camping), Orient Island - cheap clothing/skins, campingD


Simbolic, Language Translator - By SimboliD [cost: free, donations accepted]
Languages: Arabic, Bulgarian, Chinese, Croation, Czech, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Ukranian, Vietnamese
Notes: Compact HUD.


Universal Translator, Universal Translator FREE automatically translates 35 LanguagesD [cost: free, donations accepted]
Languages: Arabic, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Croation, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Filipino, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Ukranian, Vietnamese
Notes: No HUD. Can be worn, or placed on the ground. Automatically translates what is said in public chat and sends translations via IM (reduces chat spam). Multiple translators in same area speeds up multiple translations. Uses Google API (Babel Fish).
While the translation is not perfect in the languages I do know a bit of (doesn't seem to notice accent marks, which can change a word's meaning), I have to say that the functionality is excellent - it translates everyone to everyone, not just you and a targeted avatar. I have been able to help a group of people in three or more languages, all at once. Almost like holding a class.


UT, Yummie & Kelly'sD [cost: L$512]
Languages: Arabic, Bulgarian, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Croation, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Papiamentu, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Ukranian, Vietnamese
Notes: No HUD. Can set separate languages to translate to on channels 1, 2 and 3. Can choose any/multiple avatars, set their language, and their chat will be translated to your language. Can also be set to "Private" mode so you can translate back and forth in channels 1-4 (have to copy and paste back and forth from IM).


X-LANG, Codeee Nishi StoreD [cost: L$500]
Languages: Arabic, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese, Croation, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Filipino, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Ukranian, Vietnamese
Notes: Small HUD. Can choose individual avatars or all, auto-language selection, and whether or not to translate yourself.