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Just another example... there were many, many giggles in the office last
week when the Russian translation for the following:
"Submit your technical support question using an on-line form, or
contact the Technical Support Department."
Gave the following when the Russian we had professionally translated was
plugged into Bablefish:
"Pose your question concerning the technical support in the interactive
regime or you will be turned into the division of the technical
You might also want to look in the regulatory requirements of the
countries you distribute your products in to... we have to translated in
to a lot of languages simply to comply with regulatory standards.
Machine translations can also easily lead to fun, but flat-out wrong
interpretations of words... like "state". Forget about correctly
translated jargon-type terms.
Yes... it is cheaper to use a machine translation. But the legal
implications of incorrect translations are not worth it, nor is the
reputation of a company.
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