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The translator: the man behind the mask

Posted by Annamari Korhonen on 20/09/16 09:22

Or the woman, of course. But the mask is real, and it’s called the “project manager” – a useful kind of mask for many purposes. Still, you may have wondered where your translations actually come from. Who are these people behind their masks?

They may have started out as wannabes, students, and trainees. Years of being bombarded with different types of text – press releases, user guides, license applications, blog texts, marketing materials, website material – has turned them into hardened professionals, the Charles Bronsons in dusty train stations who blow a slow tune on their harmonica while sending out a translation from their back pocket. Preferably without the shootout that will leave all those present lying on the ground.

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Topics: Translation, Translation agency, Translator, Project manager

Can machine translation replace a professional translation agency?

Posted by Kieron Norris on 07/09/16 11:40

Computers are everywhere. We live in an age of cloud computing, smartphones, big data and self-driving cars. Surely we can take advantage of all this smart technology to automate the translation process? Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. Machine translation (MT) has made great leaps forward in recent years, but it still can’t replace human translators.

Human translators work by “decoding” the meaning of the source text, then “re-encoding” it in the target language. This requires a profound understanding of the grammar, syntax and especially the culture of the source language – and a similar grasp of the target language. This is something that computerized systems just do not – and arguably cannot – have.

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Topics: Translation, Translation agency, Translator, Machine translation

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