I have decided to take a break from the usual and write blog posts on one of the various topics in natural language processing (NLP), a field of study that is concerned with how computers process human language. Applications of this field include automated machine translation, optical character recognition, speech synthesis, speech recognition, and information retrieval, to name a few. I myself have done some research work in speech recognition. The first series of posts will be on automated machine translation. I will try to explain it in a simple manner so that a layman can appreciate and understand it. I will also cover and explain other areas of natural language processing throughout the year, perhaps two or three more times this year.