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In loving memory…

“All my professional life, I have felt that translators are in the business of spinning an illusion – the illusion is that the reader is reading not a translation but the real thing.” Anthea Bell Among the great names of distinguished authors and linguists, the world has lost yet another great one. On the past […]

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Machine Translation: When to Use It

As we have already mentioned in a previous post, using an automatic translator is not recommended in certain scenarios. Now we will see what situations are appropriate for using an engine like Google or Microsoft to perform a translation. First, we ought to talk about productivity. Post-editing is faster than translating. It is estimated that […]

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The German Language and its Dialects

German is known to be one of the most difficult European languages to learn as a foreign language based on its extensive vocabulary, complex structures, long words, declensions, etc. In the area of translations, German is one of the most expensive languages, since it really requires a lot of effort and dedication to be able […]

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MT: From Babel to Metropolis

As a reflection on one of the very first cinematic explorations on the relationship between technology and mankind, the film Metropolis (considered to be one of the first science fiction films ever created) pondered the delicate balance between man and machine working together to achieve progress. Metropolis which was originally released in 1927 by German […]

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How to Translate Microsoft Visio Files

Computer Assisted Translation tools (or CAT tools) recognize text from a great diversity of file formats, thus are able to calculate the word count and analyze how many of them match those saved in the Translation Memory (or TM, for short), in order to achieve a faster translation process and maintain consistency with previous translations. […]

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Inside a World of Translations

Being new in this world of translations and interpretations, and as a Human Resources professional, I find really impressive the number of people, roles and trades that collaborate and strive in a project to reach a final shared goal: that a concept or idea is understood by many people as possible. Following this idea, and […]

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