I had a call the other day from a potential client who said that she wanted to translate some documents into some pretty rare languages. What she said next was quite shocking: She told me she already translated the same document into 15 languages through one of search engine machine translators and was and was ready to publish the material, no editing, no proofreading. Just search engine machine translation. The only reason she was referring to us she said was that she could not find some of the languages in Google Translate. She was confident that machine translation gives a publish ready translation which made me shiver. I am not sure if that is an isolated incident, but it seems a discussion regarding a machine translation should be had rather sooner than later.
What is Machine Translation?
First and foremost, Machine Translation (MT) is free! And when you say free, people listen. But when something is free there is usually a catch and in case of MT the catch is that MT in its current form cannot act as a translation provider. It is merely a supporting piece of technology for translators to help us keep current and future translations consistent, create glossaries and terminology lists. There are different types of MTs such as Google and Bing and more specialized such as Translation Memories (we'll talk about Translation Memories in next segment).
I am not saying search engines translations are useless. They can be used to translate a sentence or two and be 80%-99% accurate. But still, one is still left to guess the rest of the translated content. And guessing is fine so long as what you are translating is an email from a Facebook friend from Germany. However if you decide to run a million dollar contract or a manual on how to put a crib together through a machine translation for your client in Argentina, China, Canada and Russia, chances are your client would have to do a lot of hard guessing on that translation which could lead to, well, your guess is as good as mine.
To Be Continued...
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