Yiddish Translation

Imagine a language that is mostly spoken rather than written, contains many words in other languages, and has relatively little written overlap with English.  Now imagine writing a machine-learning-based translation system that can convert that language to English.  That's the problem that confronted researchers when they set out to automatically translate between Yiddish and English; the tricks they used help us understand a lot about machine translation.


Genzel, Macherey, and Uszkoreit: Creating a High-Quality Machine Translation System for a Low-Resource Language: Yiddish