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Old 30.08.2006, 15:04
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[German] Grammar checker/Machine Translator

I've study German to a point now where I can hold conversations. But now I would like to learn to write; particularly short emails, notes and informal memos. Writing is quite different from speaking it.

I'm looking for a way to use a grammar checker, or some machine translator to aid the process. In MS-Word, my whole composition is often underlined in red to tell me the whole thing is wrong. I haven't been able to get anything constructive out of it.

Does anyone have any suggestions on best practice or software packages that have proven effective in writing elementary German?
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Old 30.08.2006, 15:07
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Re: [German] Grammar checker/Machine Translator

grammar in word is GREEN, spolling is RED
Select all text, TOOLS - SET LANGUAGE - GERMAN

Right-click will present hints and options.....
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Old 30.08.2006, 16:36
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The MSWord grammar checker works, but it is not very good at pickup up bad grammar. For example, this sentenced is not flagged:

Man kann an diese Programme vertrauen.

Im not sure how it fails to detect this. It seems like an error that can be programmatically detected. I'd like to find something that picks up that sentences, then suggests something like:

Man kann diesen Programmen vertrauen.

Am I asking too much of software? I wonder if there is something more specialized that MS Word.
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Old 30.08.2006, 16:46
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Re: [German] Grammar checker/Machine Translator

I'd also be interested to find something to check German grammar, and I also agree that Word is complete rubbish - it seems incapable of doing anything remotely useful apart from spelling in German. I gave up on it ages ago
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Old 30.08.2006, 17:16
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Duden sells something called Korrektur Plus 3.5. I read a post somewhere touting it as better than the built in MS Word system. I might just try it. I'll post a review here when I do.
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Re: [German] Grammar checker/Machine Translator

Please forget the Duden, I bought today the Korrektor Starterbox, is the entry level with simple text editor to perform german grammar check.
After 10 minutes i already wanted to throw it away! such a disappointment, cheap program (around 25chf) but it does less then the checker integrated in word for windows. It could not even correct a stupid phrase like
"Der alte Mann bist verruck"
here you have the "bist" that should be "ist" then verruck should be verrückt eventually... it just passed the check without errors at all!
the help files of the program continues to refer to the korrektor plus version...like that it would be more complete (instead just to have integration with microsoft office)...there is no way in the tool even to check the word inside its internal vocabulary to know which gender they are...and where there is an error with the kasus it just promp a message saying: there is an error, please check casus, gender and plural stuff...so you are sent back to your german books.
Shit...22 francs really throwed away...i will never by a duden program in my life again.
I searched on the internet and tested another program:"Grammatica" is a bit more complete, but still it get lost with very simple stuff like the above sentence.
If anyone find better solutions please post them.
au revoir.
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Re: [German] Grammar checker/Machine Translator

I assume that it will still take a while until there are programs out that perfectly will be able to detect mistakes in grammar etc. Until then you still might need humans with a good understanding of the language you want to have corrected.
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Re: [German] Grammar checker/Machine Translator

reviving this thread because the Duden online version now is pretty smart, I use it a lot and can recommend it. it's not going to teach you german, but it helps produce perfect texts (even just emails, cover letters for applications, etc)

http://www.duden.de/rechtschreibpruefung-online
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reviving this thread because the Duden online version now is pretty smart, I use it a lot and can recommend it. it's not going to teach you german, but it helps produce perfect texts (even just emails, cover letters for applications, etc)

http://www.duden.de/rechtschreibpruefung-online
That's a great recommendation! Thanks. I have their picture dictionary (not online) and it's amazing.
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Re: [German] Grammar checker/Machine Translator

hi again, for those of you who have or work with website content in german I just discovered that they have a Web Editor Checker and even an On Demand Service for Website checking.

http://www.duden-saas.de/
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