Robin & the Eagle from the White Mountain

My wife & I have just released our first children story! As an app for iOS devices. This is the achievement of what started innocently as a small project reading stories to mp3. Months of work, huge investment for the art, it feels great to have put this project behind us.

My only hope now is that the market gods will treat us well.

Here it is in all its glory:
English version:
Hungarian version:
French version:

On the distance between languages

Here are the results of a small study to calculate the distance between words in english and other languages. The way the computation is done is by going through a list of basic english words, using the Google Translate API to get translations into other languages and finally computing a levenshtein between each English/translated pair of words. The final distance is an average.

This only looks at the spelling words, the next step is to look at their phonemes.

Feel free to use the datasets bellow and please let me know what you’re working on 🙂

language      distance from english
Swedish 63.88%
Danish 66.69%
Dutch 66.78%
French 69.31%
German 72.27%
Italian 76.89%
Spanish 82.14%
Albanian 88.61%
Croatian 90.74%
Estonian 91.45%
Polish 92.48%
Hungarian 102.2%