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Interview with KPNP1600 AM

Posted by on Mar 28, 2012 in News | 0 comments

Listen to the interview between Phong Yang and Peter Xiong on KPNP 1600 AM.

Translator Launch

Posted by on Mar 23, 2012 in News | 0 comments

Here are some photos of the event held at Fresno State to launch the translator for Hmong. Click here to view event slides.


Dr. Will Lewis accepts the story cloth offered by the Hmong community

Vicky Lor and a group of Hmong young girls present a story cloth to Dr. Lewis

Maika Yang, the director for Stone Soup share thoughs about language preservation

Xee Yang, a representative from Fresno Unified School District talks about the benefit for the parents

David Lee, a Hmong instructor shares how he can use the translator to help his students

Dr. Will Lewis talks about the translator for Hmong and share his experience with the Hmong community

Two elders from the Hmong community share their thoughts about the translator for Hmong

Hmong Translator Community Launch Event

Posted by on Mar 14, 2012 in News | 0 comments

On Thursday, March 22, 2012, the Hmong Language Partners along with Microsoft Research will host a special event to launch the Hmong translator to the community. The event will take place in the Peters Education Center at Fresno State. Click here to find the location. The event will be from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm. Members of the community are welcome. One of the researchers from Microsoft will be the keynote speaker.

Parking is not relaxed but you can use this special code at any parking dispenser to get a complimentary parking pass: 17050015

For more information on this event, please contact Phong Yang at 559.278.2048 or email at


Microsoft Hmong Translator Official Community Launch Event

Posted by on Mar 6, 2012 in News | 0 comments

Join us for the community launch of the Microsoft Hmong Translator. This event will give an overview of the  first web-based Machine Translator for Hmong in the world. This product was the result of a collaboration between the Linguistics Department at Fresno State, Micrwsoft Research and the Hmong community. Hmong is now a fully supported language by Microsoft. Come and find out about this tool, the technology behind its development, the implication for the community, and what its future is. Speakers from Microsoft Research, Fresno State, and the Hmong community will discuss the impact such a translator will have on the community. Contact: Phong Yang at 559.278.1164 or the Department of Linguistics at 559.278.2441.

Microsoft Hmong Translator Release Event Speakers:

Dr. Will Lewis, Principal Program Manager, Microsoft Research
Phong Yang, Outreach Counselor/Hmong Instructor, Fresno State

Date and Time:
Thursday, March 22, 2012 6:30pm – 8:30pm


Peters Education Center (inside the Fresno State Rec Center next to the Save Mart Center)

Hmong Translator App for Android and iOS

Posted by on Mar 6, 2012 in News | 0 comments

The Microsoft Translator engine is being used  to help power the first Hmong Translator app for mobile devices.

iOS app

App for Android


Microsoft Hub Video

Posted by on Feb 22, 2012 in News | 0 comments

Check out the cool Microsoft Hub Video.

Microsoft Hub Video

Microsoft Hmong Translator Launch

Posted by on Feb 22, 2012 in News | 0 comments

On Tuesday, February 21, 2012, Phong Yang visited with the Microsoft Research team responsible that helped develop the translator for Hmong. The team officially launch version one of the Hmong translator tool during the Mother of Language’s Day, an event celebrating under-represented languages. Hmong Daw “Hmong Dawb” is now one of 38 languages that are fully supported by Microsoft. Although the translator is still in its infant stage, there is no doubt that the translator will improve over time with contributions from the Hmong community. This is a historical event for the Hmong community and for the Hmong language. The community can help improve the translator by using it and providing feedback. Read more about this.

Hmong is the 38th language supported by Microsoft










Left to right: Dr. Will Lewis, Principal Program Manager; Phong Yang; Dr. Tony Hey, MS Corporate VP; Dr. Kristin Tolle, Director of Natural User Interactions

Tutorial for Partners

Posted by on Feb 16, 2012 in News | 0 comments

Steps to take in order to contribute to and test the Hmong translator

Getting set up

  1. After you create your Hotmail ID, you need to email it to me at or submit the information through the contact page on this site. I will invite you to become a reviewer. As a reviewer, you will be able to: (a) view previous translations, (b) provide new translations, (c) vote on a translation as being the most correct, and (d) test the translation engine.
  2. Once you receive the invitation in your Hotmail account, you will need to follow the instruction in the email to complete your registration. You will be asked to accept the terms and agreement.
  3. To sign in you will need to go to

Contributing translations to improve translator

  1. Once you have signed in, hover your mouse over “Community” at the top right corner of your screen.
  2. To contribute translations, select “Review Documents” from the dropdown.
  3. You will be taken to a list of files that are ready to be worked on. Double click on any of file names to open documents for that file.
  4. Hover your mouse on the text in the right column of the table. You can now type in a translation for the equivalent text on the left and click submit once you are done.
  5. If other translations already exist from previous reviewers, you can choose which translation you think is the most accurate or provide your own all together.

Testing the translator

  1. Once you signed in, hover your mouse over “Community” at the top right corner of your screen.
  2. To test the translator, select “Test Translations” from the dropdown.
  3. You are now ready to test the translator.

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International Mother of Language Day at Microsft Campus

Posted by on Feb 7, 2012 in News | 0 comments

Phong Yang will be going to Redmond, Washington to attend the International Mother Language Day. The event was established by UNESCO to promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity. The Microsoft Research team will release the Hub toolkit and featuring Hmong in the demos. Also featured will be the chat tool which will also have Hmong in it. The event will be Monday, February 21, 2012 from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm PST. Check back with me for updates on this event.