Estonian-Latvian Neural machine translation toolkit development (EstLat Translator)

Project partners: Tilde (LV) and Translation bureau Avatar (EE)


The objective of the project is to develop artificial intelligence (AI) based Estonian-Latvian machine translation toolkit EstLat Translator by combination of Tilde’s (LV) state-of-the-art machine translation technologies and Avatar’s (EE) extensive data pool and translation expertise.
The new toolkit will address the market need for an efficient cross-border communication solution and will create new cross-border business opportunities for both partners. Both public and private entities will benefit from an Estonian-Latvian-Estonian machine translation service. It will provide both project partners with a unique product to expand their businesses and seize new market opportunities.


The proposed high-quality machine translation service has the potential to be needed and used by every business and agency that communicates with their Estonian or Latvian partners. For example, it will be useful to scan the media and follow changes in laws, translate product and service descriptions. The project will serve a broader purpose to ensure digital relevance of Estonian and Latvian languages and strengthen usage of these small European languages in the digital age. It will showcase the benefits and opportunities of direct machine translation between smaller European languages. In the longer run access to information, different types of content and services in one’s native language by using AI driven language technology tools will strengthen social contacts and facilitate business relationships between Estonia and Latvia.

Main activities

The project will be implemented through three work packages (1) Analysis and specification will result in user requirement analysis, functional specification and the technical specification. (2) Development of the EstLat Translator – core activity of the project and will include preparing data, developing the neural machine translation systems, development of the EstLat Translator and piloting. (3) Marketing and sales planning - defining value proposition and pricing of the EstLat Translator, client segmentation and marketing communication and product sales planning.

Financing: EUR 536 707.26, incl. ERDF co-financing EUR 376 431.64

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