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Ramibotros [PersonRank 10]

Thursday, December 13, 2007
10 years ago5,980 views

When we, arabic-speaking tounges , mail/sms/chat together, we often prefer to write how the arabic word would sound like but in latin words (pronouncation rules often following English rules), which is called transliteration i think. We also represent pronouncations exclusive to the arabic tounge using numbers such as 2, 7 , etc..
More info and examples here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arabic_c ...

I came across a new service yamli.com/ that receives transilterated arabic input and redirects the user to a google search with the query converted to real arabic. I always thought Google needed such a tool because:

1) For some, it is much more convenient to search using the latin characters. And sometimes one is even stuck with a keyboard with arabic characters.
2) A lot of webpages are _written_ in the transliterated form already, which is worth being indexed and found – perhaps through converting them.
3) It would be useful for an arabic query to be searched for using BOTH forms ..

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

Are there "Input Method Editors" for Arabic? I mean the kind you install on the operating system so that you can then use any search engine, entering English to be turned into Arabic...

Above 2 comments were made in the forum before this was blogged,

Ramibotros [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

[put at-character here]Philipp: Never came across one. We rely more on Arabic keyboard layout..

Another interesting idea about yamli.com that i wanted to point out was something I got from their help section:

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You can also use Yamli to write a foreign language in Arabic characters.

For example, type: "I love this tool".
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So a user can input English text and get the way it should be pronounced in arabic. I can see how a tool like this one will have a future.

James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

on exalead.com you can type soundslike:query and it will search...kind of related

BTW this site looks great on my ipod!

Colin Colehour [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

This sort of reminds me of the Soundex system used with Genealogy. Except that is meant more for names.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soundex

mak [PersonRank 5]

10 years ago #

very usable!
I should have thought of making such a thing before :(

Tim [PersonRank 0]

10 years ago #

I entered "Hog Cholera" and my browser crashed.

Bilal [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

Very original idea, what i hated in Arabic is now avoidable with that stuff...
this is a proof that there still are undiscovered areas :)

Hong Xiaowan [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

Google Suggest for China version, have the same function.


zuosa.com/photo/mms/00/00/1E/7 ...



The difference is Google China Suggest can not be searched on Arabic Number, for instance, 269 means "I love you", 1314 means "all the life", 8 means "rich", 88 means "See you later" ect.

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