Based on some of my earlier work and a 3000-line Excel file from the Ladino community I have build an online Ladino dictionary with translations to English and partial translations to Spanish, Turkish, French, Portuguese, and Hebrew.
Now I am wondering what should be the next steps.
There are a number ways I can make progress and a number of ways I might be able to involve others in the development of this project.
We have to go over the 2730 YAML files and improve them in various ways:
When I read message in the Ladino community or when I read an article I can copy the text in the converter to see which words are in the database and which ones have the correct translations.
When something is missing sometimes I can guess what is the meaning of the word and what should be the meaning, but I don't know how much should I rely on that or if I should then ask in the Ladino community to verify. I think instead of asking the community I should send an email with "new words" that I added to the dictionary with the links to the new words and ask them if my translation is correct and if they can help with the other translations?
I can ask the Ladino community to check the site and send me reports of errors, but this sound too generic.
When I read and update the YAML file of a word and I add the plural or the gender I can send an email to the community asking if the information is true and I can ask for translations.
When I read emails or other texts and I don't have the word in the dictionary I can ask the community for the meaning, the gender, the plural. Maybe offering my guesses.
I can write emails with the various words I see in the dictionary and rely on the moderators to let them through or to fix them. Then I can update the dictionary accordingly.
Later, I can ask the Ladino community to check their writing in the dictionary and if the dictionary does not recognize a word (or a conjugation of a word), or if the translation is missing or incorrect then send me the details privately so I can update the dictionary.
Published on 2022-04-09 by Gabor Szabo