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First Million Coursera Words Translated Into Russian Using Crowdsourcing Platform from ABBYY Language Services

First Million Coursera Words Translated Into Russian Using Crowdsourcing Platform from ABBYY Language Services

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First Million Coursera Words Translated Into Russian Using Crowdsourcing Platform from ABBYY Language Services
Milpitas, CA, June 27, 2014 --(PR.com)-- Participants in the Coursera crowdsourcing project for translation into Russian have reached the milestone of one million words translated. Almost 5,000 volunteers are currently working to translate Coursera lectures into Russian. The project was launched on March 24, 2014 by ABBYY Language Services, an official language partner of Coursera. The project is also part of the Coursera Global Translation Community of dedicated volunteers, working together to provide translations for Coursera-hosted courses. Thanks to the project, Russian subtitles are already available at the Coursera website for Inspiring Leadership Through Emotional Intelligence. Another four courses added recently
 including Bioinformatics Algorithms, Introduction to Public Speaking, and others
 are pending reviewer approval. The subject matter of the courses was so interesting that the project participants translated them in a very short time. The list of courses in English available for translation is updated on a regular basis: among recent additions are such hits as Model Thinking and Functional Programming Principles in Scala.
Ivan Smolnikov, CEO of ABBYY Language Services, said: ―Our
 project is based on a unified cloud environment for translation automation. SmartCAT offers the opportunity to benefit from the most advanced linguistic technology, such as translation memory,
terminology quality assurance, and machine translation post-editing, without any special knowledge or training. There is also a dedicated panel for context understanding in the translation editor, in which users can view the video fragments from the lectures they are working on. All this helps our volunteers improve both translation quality and their knowledge of English, opening the way
for professional growth.‖
 Distinguished University Professor Richard E. Boyatzis, Case Western Reserve University and author of the MOOC Inspiring
leadership Through Emotional Intelligence, said: ―Because of your
translation of the subtitles of the videos and the Personal Learning Journal, enrollment from Russia has skyrocketed in my MOOC. I am looking forward to seeing learners enrolled from an IP form the
Space Station!‖
Since the project‘s launch, volunteers have translated the equivalent
of 4,000 pages of text, spending more than 6,200 hours on translation. To take part in the project, simply register at Coursera.ABBYY-LS.com and get started translating right away. Project participants
translate, vote, and assess each other‘s contributions, earn virtual
awards for their achievements, and compete for rankings. Since the launch of the project, over 100,000 votes have already been cast for translations. Dmitri Chinukhin, one of the project leaders, is enthusiastic about
the platform and method: ―Participation in this translation project
gave me the opportunity not only to listen to courses from the best international universities, but also to give this opportunity to others, and at the same time get a greater grasp of the foreign language.
The website platform is easy to use and allows you to quickly join the translation process. Since the courses are at a very high level educationally, you have to improve your knowledge constantly by
looking for ‗terms of art‘ in different dictionaries. We are lucky to
have the all-knowing Internet, enough time to sleep well, and an automated translation system that lets us focus on the interesting  parts instead of getting bogged down in the details. Every day it gets more and more interesting. The project team has certainly
earned our thanks!‖
 Elena Oblomova, project participant, shared some of the ways in which
translating Coursera has benefited her: ―I like that the
translations are made by several different people at once. Together we find the best suitable translation, and it helps to upgrade my  personal translation skills. The project gave me a chance to try myself as a translator, which was my dream from the early childhood. I feel that translation helps me to dive into the language environment and start thinking in English. Moreover, I started  paying more attention to how I express myself in my native Russia
―Reaching 1M translated words is a tremendous milestone for the
ABBYY Language Services-
Coursera translator community,‖ Eli Bildner, Product Manager for Localization at Coursera, said. ―We
can't thank our Russian-speaking friends enough for their commitment to making great educational content available across linguistic and geographic borders. To everyone who has  participated in this project
 and to ABBYY Language Services, for their work in building such a great platform and community
 we say thank
you, and congratulations!‖

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