Recipe Translation Tool

KITCHEN TRANSLATOR is a recipe translation tool that will give you truely usable translation outputs from English to Japanese and English to Japanese. Unfortunately, KITCHEN TRANSLATOR can translate only lists of ingredients for now, but still, I am sure that you will be surprised at its performance.

The following is a sample list of ingredients written in English. Let's translate them into Japanese by using Exicite's on-line Translation

* 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
* 1/3 cup white sugar
* 1 egg, beaten
* 1/2 cup butter, softened
* 2 1/2 pounds cream cheese, softened
* 2 egg yolks
* 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream

Translation Results given by Excite

* 1・1/2は強力粉を杯状にする。
* 1/3のカップ・グラニュー糖
* 1個の卵、打たれた
* 1/2のカップ・バター、柔らかくなった
* 2・1/2ポンドのクリームチーズ、柔らかくなった。
* 2つの卵卵黄
* 1/4のカップ・ヘビー・ホィッピング・クリーム

The results are what you have been seeing a lot when you use one of those auto translation softwares. You may not want to show them to your Japanese friends...

Now, we will translate the same list by using KITCHEN TRANSLATOR.


・中力粉 : 1 1/2 カップ (355.5 cc)
・白砂糖(米ではグラニュー糖のこと) : 1/3 カップ (79 cc)
・溶き卵 : 1 個分
・バター(柔らかくしておく) : 1/2 カップ (118.5 cc)
・クリームチーズ(柔らかくしておく) : 2 1/2 ポンド (1.134 kg)
・卵黄 : 2 個分
・生クリーム : 1/4 カップ (59.25 cc)

Well, aren't they great? Of course, KT is NOT a full automatic translator, but it did not take more than one minute to translate the list.

Now, let's take a look at Japanese-to-English examples by using some outputs given by Yahoo! on-line translation.

Original List of Ingredients

・さわら(切り身) 2切れ(120g)
・西京みそ 大さじ1 1/2
・砂糖 小さじ1
・水 大さじ3
・酒 大さじ1
・粉ざんしょう 少々

Yahoo!'s Outputs

・ Touch (slice); two slices (120 g)
・ Nishikyo miso tablespoon 1+1/2
・ Sugar teaspoon 1
・ Water tablespoon 3
・ Liquor tablespoon 1
・ There is little powder ざんしょう

Kitchen Translator's Outputs

・skin-on Spanish mackerel steak (or fillet, cut into serving size portions) : 2 pieces
・Saikyo (sweet) miso : 1 1/2 tablespoons
・sugar : 1 teaspoon
・water : 3 tablespoons
・sake : 1 tablespoon
・ground Japanese sansho pepper : dash

Like this, KITCHEN TRANSLATOR will give you nice translations that you can use without no or little correction. Food or recipe bloggers who wants to create a bilingual site may greatly benefit from KT. KT is also useful for Japanese food lovers or those who love to browse through Japanese recipe sites.

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