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Re: How do you ensure the quality of translations?
Subject:Re: How do you ensure the quality of translations? From:Dossy Shiobara <dossy -at- panoptic -dot- com> To:techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com Date:Mon, 27 Jul 2009 10:03:17 -0400
No, I don't have a representative sample doc to share, but I have used
this to "spot check" a translation by taking a few random samples and
asking a friend who speaks the language fluently to translate it back
On 7/27/09 9:19 AM, Dan Goldstein wrote:
> Do you have an sample of technical documentation that was translated by
> this method? It sounds expensive, time-consuming, and (as Peter pointed
> out) not even that accurate.
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Dossy Shiobara
>> Sent: Friday, July 24, 2009 4:39 PM
>> To: Boudreaux, Madelyn (GE Healthcare, consultant)
>> Cc: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
>> Subject: Re: How do you ensure the quality of translations?
>> Hire someone else to complete the round-trip of the
>> translation: provide them the translated text, and ask them
>> to translate it into the original language.
>> In other words, you need to have two separate translators.
>> You give the first translator the source material and ask
>> them to translate from language X to Y. You give the second
>> translator the output from the first translator, but ask them
>> to translate from Y to X.
>> If the output of the second translator is reasonably close to
>> the original source material, then it's probably reasonable
>> to assume that the translation was faithful.
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