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New translation feature for over 40 languages

8 September 2009
Theory Test Pro now available with machine translation support

Theory Test Pro now available with machine translation support for over 40 languages 

Translations have been a popular feature request right from start when we launched Theory Test Pro. However we always knew that this was going to be a complex and expensive feature. Last month we asked people to contact us if they were interested in piloting a new translation service. The good news is that we’ve begun the pilot and can share our translation plans with you.

Translation economics

You might be interested in the costs to deliver a feature like this, so I’m going to be as transparent about this as possible. When we started planning and costing for a translation module for Theory Test Pro it roughly came to £10,000 in development and editorial costs for the first language and then an additional £3,000 per additional language. The feedback from our market research showed that we needed to deliver at least the following most requested languages to make the feature attractive to libraries:

  • Urdu
  • Arabic
  • Gujarati
  • Bengali
  • Polish
  • Hindi

So we were looking at £25,000 initial investment and then more to maintain and update content over time. At this stage there isn’t enough demand to finance this investment – so we’ll have to defer development to deliver a full version of this feature. We’re hoping to look at this again in 2010 though.

In the meantime, we’ve come up with a solution that we hope will still be really useful – it’s called machine translation and it’s available to your users as a pilot feature as of today.

Machine Translation

Supported languages:
Albanian, Arabic, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Filipino, Finnish, French, Galician, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Maltese, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese

Google Translate is a state-of-the-art machine translation engine developed by the Google’s research group. It’s remarkably clever. They feed their learning systems with billions of words of text, both monolingual text in the target language, and aligned text consisting of examples of human translations between the languages. They then apply statistical learning techniques to build a translation model. The results are impressive.

We’re now able to offer machine translations for over 40 languages – and able to deliver half of those on our most requested list (Arabic, Polish and Hindi). Unfortunately we’re not able to machine translate into Urdu at the moment. Urdu is currently the most popular language requested by libraries.

However, we do want to emphasise that this is not a professional translation. Machine translation can aid a reader’s understanding of the text, however it still can not match the fluency of a native speaker or possess the skill of a professional translator.

How can I get translated content?

This feature is already live in Theory Test Pro. To enable the feature your user’s need to go to their Accounts tab, check the Enable Google Translate tick box and then choose a language. Once they’ve saved these settings, translations will appear underneath the original English text.

I’ve made a quick video that shows all this in action. Please feel free to circulate this to your colleagues – and, most importantly, give us your feedback as a comment to this post. The feedback on this feature will be very helpful for informing the decisions we make for fully featured translations in the future.

29 Comments leave one →
  1. 28 March 2012 10:03 pm

    in cautare de tranzator in limba Romana

  2. Alexandra permalink
    10 July 2012 8:17 pm

    Please let me know If u have driving licence in Slovak language

  3. William Ellis permalink
    10 September 2012 7:38 pm

    Please can you let me know if there is UK theory test question in Thai language.

  4. 14 September 2012 8:39 pm

    study in romanian but will the exam be romanian too ?

  5. zsuzsa varga permalink
    18 September 2012 9:08 pm

    please hungaryan language

    • Soros Cintia permalink
      5 December 2012 9:41 am

      Kedves Zsuzsa szeretnem ha segitenel. Hol tudom le tolteni ezt a progrot? Eloreis koszonom Sziszi

      • zsuzsa varga permalink
        1 February 2013 12:33 am

        Szia bocs hogy csak most lattam irtal fogalmam sincs nekem se mukodik 😦

  6. zsuzsa varga permalink
    29 September 2012 12:24 pm

    Please Hungaryan language .Thanks x

  7. daniela dumitrascu permalink
    17 November 2012 11:54 am

    i want too now if is posible to make theory test in romania languace.i

  8. rodney hole permalink
    3 December 2012 1:02 pm

    can you translate theory test (dvla) from english to tagalog is so what is the cost

  9. zsuzsa varga permalink
    1 February 2013 12:38 am

    Please Hungarian language .Thanks x

  10. saju karakunnel paul permalink
    23 February 2013 11:41 am

    I would like to know whether it is possible to have a translator for malayalam languagepls

  11. magda permalink
    4 April 2013 3:41 pm

    I’m a freelance Romanian translator/interpreter

    • ciprian ioan permalink
      16 October 2013 11:06 pm

      Buna asi dori sa ma contactati suntem 3 persoane interesate de serviciile dumneavoastra nma puteti contacta la 07404081838 ciprian va multumesc

      • magda permalink
        18 October 2013 9:12 am

        Buna ziua Ciprian,
        Cu ce va pot ajuta?

  12. Marius permalink
    16 April 2013 3:51 pm

    I want to know if the theory book is in romanian language and the exam as well.??

  13. 23 April 2013 9:53 pm

    hi me i am looking for translator for languice romanian and enghlish for theoretyctes

  14. Abdolhami abbasi permalink
    14 May 2013 7:49 am

    Hi. I need book of theory test driving licence language farsi ( persian ) 07572379320

  15. freda permalink
    20 May 2013 3:46 pm

    hi i want theorytest for my husband in parsian please me and give me your telphon nomber

  16. freda permalink
    20 May 2013 3:50 pm

    please let me know if you have pashto languag it well be a very big halp .my phone nomber is 02073368210 thank you GODbless you

  17. Gintaras permalink
    2 June 2013 8:26 pm

    Hello, please lithuanian language.

  18. zsuzsa varga permalink
    9 July 2013 7:38 am

    Please Hungaryan language .Thanks

  19. 29 July 2013 1:21 pm

    hi can you translate English to French language theory test only thanks for exam (DVLA)

  20. candy permalink
    1 November 2013 1:46 pm

    Hi can you show me how I can get theory test with vietnamese language . I trying to driving. But my English not very good so very hard with theory . So can you help me please .Thank you very much .

  21. candy permalink
    1 November 2013 1:52 pm

    Hi can you tell me how can get thoery test with vietnamese language .thank you

  22. 26 November 2013 6:41 pm

    please help me. I want to fund driving DVD in Romania language if u know form where to find call me on 07424219112 thank u tony

  23. 23 December 2013 6:12 pm


  24. Ayyan permalink
    22 January 2014 8:52 pm

    Please bulgariqn or turkish language. Thanks you.

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