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More on Machine Translations

January 10, 2011

Machine translation (MT) means computer-assisted translations — translations performed by humans that are more efficient and less expensive because they utilize software to map out a document, search for repetitive text, and compile a glossary so that a specific set of terms can be translated the same way each time.

MT performs a simple substitution of words or phrases from one language to another, and in this sense is similar to web-based translation tools, which are quite inferior to human translations. But when used in conjunction with a human translator, who carefully reviews the machine translated text and edits and revises it, MT can provide an excellent solution for clients who have large volumes of text that require translation, but lack the time that is required for human translation.