Creating a Language program

Discussion in 'Technology' started by FRENFR, Jul 20, 2006.

  1. FRENFR

    FRENFR New Member

    First post. Hi all. I signed up after having searched the web for a place where I could ask for some professional help on my new project.

    I am training to be an interpreter between English and French, and of course, know so many words that I sometimes forget which ones I know! I'm coming on 22, native English, and pretty with-it when it comes to Windows XP computing. I'd like to introduce you to my simple idea, in the hope that someone could tell me how to create my own program (which would be very exciting for me) or, if it's so easy, someone could knock it up in 10 minutes for a small fee, if anything!?

    I want to have a small window which opens up after clicking on the icon, of which I can type in a word in a line in French or English, and have it access a database which I will have had to have created myself (a long time! but not a problem). Then it brings up the French/English translation.

    Now, you might wonder "what's the point?", but I'd like to make you aware that this is for technical words, and not words which I know fluently - all the regular words of general conversation. Just more uncommon words, very technical words, various verbs and fancy adjectives etc. In other words, if I read a news article in Le Monde (big French newspaper) about very speciailsed subjects, I can think "oh, whats this word?" and open my program, type it in, and see if I already know it, and can be reminded, or have the program say "Word not found, would you like to add the word?" and then be able to.

    I am sure you get the idea now. If one exists, I'm not interested, because this will be to my vocabulary and specialised areas (avitation/music/travel + anything I may become interested in in due course) and so be economised (i.e, to my knowledge and not full of words I already know). A very personalised program, you might say.

    If anyone is able or interested in helping me, I would be delighted to discuss it with you.

    Kind regards, Dan.
     

  2. Mirage

    Mirage Administrator Staff Member V.I.P.

    Hi, so let me see if I understand this correctly. You need a program that can basically let you enter a SINGLE word in either English or French, and then the program will spit out the corresponding word in the opposite language?

    Do you need the program to work with sentences and phrases as well or just single words? That sounds like a fairly simple process. What programming language do you prefer to use?
     
  3. Doc

    Doc Trust me, I'm The Doctor. V.I.P.

    I can write the program for you, and for a very reasonable price. I'd code it in Visual Basic, and it would come compiled in the form of a .exe that you'd run yourself.

    Basically, you would enter English and French words into a simple database. Then, there'd be another function for you to research those words. That way, you can add words as you please. There would also be a function for you to remove words in case you make a mistake or no longer feel that they need to be there. I'm going on vacation for the next few days.

    And, it may take some time but I can produce it for you. I haven't coded in VB in a few years and I need to do a refresher before I start.
     
  4. FRENFR

    FRENFR New Member

    Hi guys.

    1) "You need a program that can basically let you enter a SINGLE word in either English or French, and then the program will spit out the corresponding word in the opposite language?".

    Yes. But, from my own database of words, and not a real dictionary database. Hence having to take some time to put my word lists together in English and French. For example, "gaspilller" in French, means (now this is funny as I've forgotten even though I used it yesterday)....to waste money. It's one of the more "advanced, fluent" type verbs, and not those like "to eat, drink, walk..or words like up down, behind, shiny, fast, chicken, bacon etc etc. It's those advanced words which I'll add in French and English and need to be able to access. What kind of program and where I do this word list, I do not know. Simply in Word? Or perhaps the programs database - which is obviously yet to be created?

    2) "Do you need the program to work with sentences and phrases as well or just single words?"

    Single words and phrases. I might forget (but wont, but for example), what "quoi qu'il en soit" means. It means "whatever", but should I forget something like this, I'd like to check it out (or see if I have forgotten it).

    3) "...programming language..."

    I haven't got a bleedin' clue! Never done any programming in my life.

    4) "...for a very reasonable price..."

    I really appreciate your interest, and for your own good as well. In computer programming, a reasonable price might mean US$500!! To be honest, I'm not rich yet, and am moving to Montreal very soon (beginning of sept), with an 11 day France visit from 4th August, and I'm trying to save every penny I can. So, perhaps via private message (or here, as you wish), you could indicate what your reasonable price is? I don't want to make you laugh and say "50 bucks how's that?" - so some enlghtenment would be appreciate. Plus, if I'm giving you a chance to hone your own skills, surely it's also a solo project as well ;)

    5) "And, it may take some time but I can produce it for you. I haven't coded in VB in a few years and I need to do a refresher before I start"

    I've given my dates, so is it possible by then? I mean, if someone can tell me where to do it, with some guidelines on how to do it, then I'll be able to spend time during days and days to do it myself. I mean, it would be very educational for me of course (thus learning new words in English and finding out what they are ni French with the use of technical dictionaries). So...?

    Thanks once more people. This mini-project program is invaluable to my progression as I spend at least 5 hours practicing my interpretation technique every day, with a bit of reading on the side. Would be great to have this persnoalised, instant access dictionary :)

    Be in touch :)
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    This place really is quite dead. I'm very suprised. I'm doing alot of my own research into the area to see what I can find.
     
    Last edited: Jul 24, 2006
  5. Albey

    Albey Registered Member

    I could have it done in a few days, give me an offer, and a list of words, would be coded, in my own language and ability to learn new words, and other features.
    Albert
     

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