From: "S. Vaughan" <suzanna_v -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 26 Jan 2001 09:00:27 -0500

Hi Jane,

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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