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You would think that computer translation helps us but it doesn't. For
example, if I'm translating File (as in the menu) from English to Spanish,
I'll get 2 possible translations: Fichero and Archivo. But let's not forget
about the verb. Which one is correct? If I'm an experienced translator
accustomed to translating in that industry, then I know the correct one.
However, if I'm some "look-at-me-I'm-bilingual-so-I-can-be-a-translator"
schmoe, trouble is imminent.
People think that "formal" means a language without using expressions. In an
English business letter, we use "sincerely" as a closing. Sure,
"sincerement" and "sinceramente" exist in French and Spanish respectively.
However, are those the proper closings for a business letter? The MT can
churn out these possibilities but it's only the experienced human translator
that can decide the proper use.
Have a good day!
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