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The author of this website has used a so-called controlled language in order to write this text in the German language. Afterwards, a machine translation system has translated the German text into the English language. Finally, a human translator has corrected the translation mistakes of the machine translation software. The correction process required considerably less time than a traditional human translation process.

 

 

Machine translation software is an interesting technology for human translators.

It is a fact: Machine translation software can translate a text very quickly. Are these machine translations perfect? No, machine translations are not always perfect. But human translators can quickly correct mistakes in a machine translation. This website demonstrates how human translators can use machine translation software in order to improve the translation process.

 

Machine translation software allows the translation of more text in less time.

Without translation software, human translators can translate approximately 3000 words per day. But the same translators can produce thousands of words more when they edit a machine translation. In other words: Human translators can use machine translation software in order to produce a first draft of the translation. Afterwards, human translators correct the mistakes in the machine translation. How much correction work will a translator have to do? That depends on the requirements of the customer.

 

Examples:

  • If the customer requires only a translation for information, then the human translator only corrects meaning errors.

  • If the customer requires a standard translation, then the human translator also corrects all terminological mistakes and all grammatical mistakes in the machine translation.

Human translators may increase their productivity drastically in both cases. With an appropriate source text, human translators can edit more than 5000 words of machine translations per day.

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Not all translation projects are suitable for machine translation.

 

Machine translation software allows the reduction of translation costs.

How many languages are spoken in the world? More than 6000. How many documents have been translated into more than 100 languages? To the best of my knowledge, less than five. And what is the most important reason that prevents the translation of a document into all the languages that would benefit from translation? The high cost of translation! Human translators who use machine translation software can offer many alternatives to their clients.

 

Examples:

  • Machine translation, where the human translator corrects only terminological mistakes.

  • Machine translation, where the human translator corrects terminological mistakes and grammatical mistakes.

  • Machine translation, where the human translator corrects terminological mistakes, grammatical mistakes and stylistic mistakes.

A machine translation with human correction is typically considerably less expensive than a traditional human translation.

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Some projects are not suitable for processing with a machine translation system.

 

 

 

 

 

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