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  • Silja
  • May 16th 2014, 07:02
linked to #3255272

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Sentence #195538

彼ら[かれら] は[] 彼[かれ] に[] 聞き[きき] まし[] た[] 。[]

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May 16th 2014, 07:08
May 16th 2014, 07:17
May 16th 2014, 07:22

Don't let tommy_san scare you off the site. :-)

Perhaps, it's better to ignore a lot of these unadopted Japanese sentences, and instead translate some of the more recently-added good English sentences into Japanese.

There are several links near the top of this page that will help you find the good English sentences.

May 16th 2014, 07:31

Didn't they [Tom and Mary] ask Mr. Miller?
They asked him, but he didn't answer.


May 16th 2014, 07:32
@ Kalamunda

I can add, if you know another languages besides English if would be even more helpful to translate from them to Japanese. It's because there are many people who can translate English sentences, but much less people who can translate Spanish sentence, for example. So, many original non-English sentences still don't have any translations.
May 16th 2014, 09:24 - edited May 17th 2014, 02:27
No worries.

I just want to fix Japanese sentences with wrong translation linked to English. Unnatural sentences are bad, but wrong linkages may be even worse for the students.

Having said this, I believe tommy_san is right in his opinion to refrain from creating/modifying Japanese, under the given circumstances, if there is little chance of making natural sentences. Sentence #195538 fits into that category.

I would suggest in this case, we ask moderators to delete, not just unlink. These sentences probably will serve no purpose and may result in additional unnatural translations if left in the database.

Any thoughts?
May 16th 2014, 09:32
Just one more thought.

I know popular iOS applications such as Imiwa? display those unadopted sentence pairs. Some of them are even treated as 'certified' in Imiwa?. Sentence #221282 is such an example. I wonder if tatoeba project publishes any data quality guidelines to the apps developers. Do you know?
May 16th 2014, 09:48 - edited May 16th 2014, 09:51
Imiwa just takes the first result found on this page.
Don't trust the examples displayed by Imiwa.
But the dictionary function does its job, I would say.
May 16th 2014, 09:55 - edited May 16th 2014, 10:05
Tatoeba has no guidelines on this.
However, I partially explain what I do on this page.
You can browse my lists to get a better idea.

Mining the Tatoeba Corpus for a Set of Data with Fewer Errors
May 16th 2014, 10:42
It's not so easy to delete a sentence unless it's definitely wrong. Neither the original nor the current version of this sentence is wrong, they just sound somewhat unnatural. There are hundreds of thousands of sentences like these. Some people want to keep them, especially it's the only example of a certain word. They think it's better to have stilted examples than to have no examples, and keep spreading loads of unnatural Japanese sentences. And they're devastatingly influential. I hate it and have protested repetedly, but I couldn't change anything. It's simply too unconvincing when a youngster says "I kind of feel this is not what we'd say."

So far, I've been just ignoring the sentences I don't like. Sometimes, when I find a mistake, I correct it and keep it unowned. This means that I still don't really like the sentence even after the correction.

I've also started to sort sentences into five lists, as I've already told you in a private message.
These might help somehow in the future.

It's been discussed that maybe we'll stop exporting "orphan" sentences.
This way, other sites and apps wouldn't use unowned sentences anymore. But I fear they might keep using old data, since they'd lose lots of vocabulary if they'd use new data.
May 16th 2014, 12:43
By the way, I found out where this sentence pair come from.
It's from the Gospel of John, 1:21. The original Japanese was taken from the 新改訳聖書, so it's a sentence found in a real Japanese book and read by a lot of people.

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