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Machine Translation vs. Human Translation

Machine translation has come a long way over the years, and it is useful way to get the general meaning of a document. Tools such as Google Translate and Babelfish can help you understand a website or an email when it is not critical for the exact word for word translation to be known.

However, machine translators should never be used for business critical matters. Some of the errors that can occur are as follows:

  • Incomplete or even incomprehensible sentences
  • Grammar rules not being followed
  • Incorrect meaning of a word used making a sentence appear out of context.

Machine translators work by substituting one word for the other. The programs use a statistical model to work out what should be displayed as the translation. The programs do not use grammatical rules and are only as good as their original programing.

Machine translators have their place, but they should not be used when a translation is critical to your business. A good, human translation will ensure your customers receive your intended message.

For any of your translation needs, contact SanTranslate.

By | June 8th, 2012|Blog|0 Comments

Six New Languages for Twitter

Twitter’s Translation Center was originally released in February 2011. They have now added six new languages bringing the total of available languages to 28.

The new languages are Afrikaans, Basque, Catalan, CzechGreek and Ukrainian. Twitter said that they received thousands of requests to add languages to the system. The six new ones were the ones with the most requests over the past year.

Twitter makes use of volunteers to help translate in the Translation Center. “Some of these volunteers live in regions where Twitter is officially blocked. Their efforts speak volumes about the lengths people will go to make Twitter accessible and understandable for their communities, " wrote the company in its official blog.

The company went on to thank all of the volunteers for helping Twitter to be more widely available. As one of the world’s most popular social networking platform, Tweets can now go out to thousands more users because of their efforts.

By | June 6th, 2012|Blog|0 Comments

U.S. Language and Culture

The United States does not have an official language. However, 81% of the population speaks English as a native language. The variety of English spoken in the U.S. is known as American English. The second most popular language is Spanish.

Since the U.S. is a nation of immigrants, the American culture originated by mixing cultures from across the world. Due to the influence of television, people from other countries may already have an idea of what American culture is like even though they have not been there. Stereotypes are not always true, but there may be some level of reality in a few of them.

For example, American’s tend to be friendly and informal. People will not wait to be introduced before talking to one another. In fact, an American standing in a queue, will often start speaking to a stranger next to them to pass the time. Another stereotype that holds some truth is that “time is money.” Americans can sometimes assign value to how people “save” and “spend” time.

By | June 6th, 2012|Blog|0 Comments
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