Timorese Decoding and Translation Contest
Welcome to the First International Timorese
Decoding and Translation Contest!
Anyone who doesn't speak a Timorese language is eligible! (The
language in this contest is called "Tetun")
You can enter solo or as a two-person team.
Parallel Timorese-English text with over 1000 sample translated sentences.
You can get individual files one sentence per line by clicking over
Or you can get everything in one file by clicking
here (format is English sentence, Timorese
translation, blank-line, and repeat).
new Timorese sentences with actual human English translations hidden
Results will be scored by an impartial observer not affiliated with the
Translate those 10 Timorese sentences into English as best as you can (there
will be lots of guesswork!), and send your translations double-spaced to email@example.com.
Unbelievable prizes (decoding books, personal organizers, certificates
of ingenuity, and more) will be awarded for:
best scoring set of translations
best translation of a single sentence
worst translation of a single sentence
funniest translation of a single sentence
Contest starts right now!
Contest ends Thursday, September 30th, at 12:00 noon PST.
will be posted Friday, October 1st, at 4:00pm PST.
There will be free food Friday afternoon and participants
can pretend to speak Timorese if they want.
Address any contest-related questions to Kevin Knight
Free East Timor!
Warning: the correct answers may be somewhere on the web (as non-Timorese
speakers, we used some international-relations documents to build the contest).
Please avoid looking up the answers there!
It's certainly possible to work manually, in the style of the traditional
code breaker. You may want to develop some simple software tools/scripts
to help you search through the sample translations, however. If you
want to make tools available to others, or if you want to share data-crunching
results, please send e-mail. For example, here is a
tool that will retrieve Timorese-English sentence pairs
containing a user-specified word or phrase.
Enter if you can! Not only can you win a great prize, but you can
contribute significantly to machine translation research and to increased
communication among the peoples of the world!
- A small get-your-feet-wet
puzzle is also available with