Month: March 2019

Transitioning to a post-editing machine translation business model

Transitioning to a post-editing machine translation business model

When someone argues that MT engines produce poor results, the first thing I ask is when they last tested machine translation. Many in the industry are still basing their opinion on results from years ago, which are no longer valid. The reality is that machine translation is cheaper, faster, more secure, and increasingly better quality. LSPs that do not adopt this quickly dominating technology will not be able to compete in this new market.

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Here’s Why Neural Machine Translation is a Huge Leap Forward

Here’s Why Neural Machine Translation is a Huge Leap Forward

When building rules-based machine translation systems, linguists and computer scientists joined forces to write thousands of rules for translating text from one language to another. This was good enough for monolingual reviewers to be able to get the general idea of important documents in an otherwise unmanageable body of content in a language they couldn’t read. But for the purposes of actually creating good translations, this approach has obvious flaws: it’s time-consuming and, naturally, results in low quality translations.

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Becoming a successful international translator

Becoming a successful international translator

ProZ.com was a turning point for me. Before finding out about it, getting big clients and jobs was a Dantesque task. I had to “knock on each client´s door” and offer my services, without knowing they needed help and many times, having a real hard time to find an email for contact. I always imagined how great it would be to have some kind of online worldwide yellow pages, online newspaper job ads, like the old printed “Help Wanted” section, but exclusively focused on the translation industry.  An online place where I could get up every morning, enjoy my freshly brewed coffee and start the day looking for job postings, making job offers, contacting clients, reading articles about translations, watching webinars, getting suggestions of books to read. Then I found ProZ.com. It’s all that and even more! Becoming a paid member was the best thing I’ve done, and I recommend it to all my colleagues. Thanks to ProZ.com, some of the largest companies in the world are now my clients, and ProZ.com helped me achieve a successful international career.

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Translation Memory and Survival

Translation Memory and Survival

Written by:  Eman Elbehiry

Homer and Langley Collyer, two brothers, were killed by “hoarding”, and storing things in their house. That led psychology scientists to categorizing this “hoarding” under “psychological disease” umbrella. But when it comes to Translation, sorry psychology! You’re wrong this time. Why? Because “Hoarding” is a big sign of perfectionism, and adulthood.

How many times did you looked at your outstanding translation and wished you could use it again? How many times have you came across a sentence that you bet your life that you have translated it before, but unfortunately you can’t remember in which file, or which project exactly? How many times have you translated similar texts, and wished for something that could help you get the job done in half of its time?
Though you are stuck in only “wishing”, hoarding and storing this translation has found its way to you through translation memories, TM.

While the CAT tool divides the whole text into segments, the translation memory becomes where all your translation is stored in units; exactly as it was saved either in sentences, paragraphs, headlines, or titles. Which means that it stores the segment with its language pair. Consequently, you can get back to it in the time of need. According to SDL description of the translation memory “When a translator’s jobs regularly contain the same kinds of phrases and sentences, a translation memory will drastically increase the speed of translation.” This makes it one essential component of any CAT tool par excellence.

Later, when you summon this translation memory to re-use this “stored” translation; it starts suggesting for you a translation. You can add and enhance this translation, you can modify it, or replace it with a better one. For the translation memory being so smart; it updates itself all through. It has whatever you added, and enhanced. If the translator accepted the exact suggested translation, the tool will choose to call this an exact match; which is percented as 100%.  We can see this crystal clear especially in the texts that include a lot of repeated patterns. Furthermore the minimum similarity between a new segment and a saved segment in TM varies from 99% to 50% depending on the similarity match is called “Fuzzy match”.

According to what we mentioned above, the translation memory is best fit for texts including repetitions, or similarities. Which means that it is most suitable for technical, and legal translations, for having specialized and repeated expressions and vocabularies. Moreover, if you are working on one project in a team, it is very possible that each translator have his own distinctive expressions, and vocabulary in his mind, but if you are working with one translation memory, your documents will be more coherent and cohesive, and you are always on the same track.
As a result to this, translation memory saves time and efforts, which results in reducing the cost of the long-termed projects. Therefore, by now, we agree that it provides the best quality possible, and it’s definitely unlimited.

            Genius ha! Wondering how it works? Here is a hint:
The mechanism is called “Edit Distance”. This mechanism’s role is to identify how dissimilar two entities (e.g words, segments, units) are. Thus, in the case of the fuzzy match, it tries to measure approximately how close these two patterns are, and consequently, suggests to the translators who have the power to accept or modify, so that it could improve itself.

            The translation memory allows you to use it hundreds of times, to include it in whatever project and keep updating it. But the question here is “What if I didn’t use it before, will my past treasure go in vain?” The answer is NO!
Actually you are allowed to “Align” the segments of your past work to make a translation memory out of it, we will explain that the alignment in another article. It will also be your own made-dictionary to search in your previous work for any terms, sentences. In addition to this, you will be able to share your translation memory, and use the shared-with you, so that you have a solid, and saving base. The reviewer can have a part of the share with you so you have everything updated, and flawless. This is seen usually in the online tools. And yes it happens to have a movement of exchanging translation memories. “Sharing is caring” right?!

            And here emerges another question, which is: What if I am using a specific tool, while my peers, or my reviewers are using another? How can I share with them my TM? Or how do they share theirs?
Now, there is an extension for sharing which is “TMx” (Translation Memory Exchange). This allows you to import and export the translation memory among many different tools. Never easier!

According to Martín-Mor (2011), the use of TM systems does have an effect on the quality of the translated texts, especially on novices, but experienced translators are able to avoid it.” And here we say to all translators, experienced or beginners, “hoarding” is not killing, and there is nothing better than hoarding and storing years of hard work embracing experience. This storing and hoarding is exactly “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”.

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Will the interpreter survive technology?

Will the interpreter survive technology?

The Mesay 3.0 translation computer was launched as a crowdfunding project earlier this week. The device, made by Mesay in Shenzhen, China, is the third edition of the Mesay translation computer, offering simultaneous two-way voice and text translation in 50 languages without the need for any apps.
Mesay had already introduced the Mesay and Mesay 2.0 in the last years, but Mesay 3.0 has a new design and offers WIFI and Hotspot support, while its double microphones must ensure that spoken words are recognized more accurately. According to the Indiegogo project page the crowdfunding project only needs $3,000 to get the project successfully funded; at the time of writing this review and blog the project was 60% funded already. The early bird price for one Mesay is $99, but the actual retail price will be $179.

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HOW LANGUAGE SERVICES PROVIDERS CHOOSE THE BEST TRANSLATORS

HOW LANGUAGE SERVICES PROVIDERS CHOOSE THE BEST TRANSLATORS

From the onset of the Worldwide Web in the 1990s to present day, the Internet has diverged in unimaginable ways- and it keeps on changing right before our eyes. Once dominated by the English language, the Internet is now a multilingual platform with more and more users deciding to search in their native language for products and services. This means translating all the content on your website. It means translating your social media content, your marketing campaigns, your newsletters, and your promotional giveaways. This also means of course, that not only do buyers need to find LSPs that will deliver exceptional work, but LSPs too need to hire the right freelance translators for the job. So how do they do it? How do LSP project managers decide on what translators or translation companies to hire? You may be shocked at what we found out.

We surveyed over 100 LSP project managers about what matters most to them when choosing a translator, and here is what they had to say…

Top 3 factors that LSP project managers look for in a freelance translator Check them here

From The Business Of Language To The Language Of Business: The Future Of Translation Worldwide

From The Business Of Language To The Language Of Business: The Future Of Translation Worldwide

Enhanced by the increase in the digitalization of business documents worldwide, these trends will drive new demand from enterprises previously unable to justify the cost of enterprise-quality translation and related services and will open up a long tail of opportunities to provide native-language services targeted to small but rapidly growing emerging markets.

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CAT tool use by translators: what are they using?

CAT tool use by translators: what are they using?

Overall, most CAT tool users agreed that the use of a CAT tool was a benefit in terms of maintaining consistency, quality control, in terminology management, and in project management. Most also agree that the size and organization of the translation memory (TM) being used is a key factor.

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