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Back Translation & Quality Control

A Double-Edged “Quality Control Process” Once Mark Twain felt insulted by the translation of one of his short stories, “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” into French. Therefore, he decided to back translate the French translation into English to prove his point. And the story has it that it ...

Free Online Translation Tools Are Not That Free…

It’s 2 pm Friday afternoon. The project manager just sent you a manual needing to be translated into Spanish by Monday. FedEx is scheduled to pick up the printed manual at 1pm. Client needs it for a meeting. You don’t have much time, and you’re clocking out in 3 hours. ...

3 reasons why you want to hire a translation agency

Do you know why we believe there is life on Mars? In 1877, Giovanni Schiaparelli, an Italian astronomer, wrote in his notes that he saw what appeared to be “canali” on Mars. The legend has it that “canali” was interpreted to mean “canals”. So scientists tried to find life on ...

Why is it important to know what translation means?

Many of us have watched Squid Games, the famous Korean series that hit Netflix’s number 1 spot in 90 countries. Despite its amazing success, you probably heard about the controversy around the English translation of the subtitles. It seems that many Korean-language speakers didn’t agree with the translation they saw ...

MACHINE TRANSLATION IS NOT FOR EVERYBODY, ESPECIALLY US!

Machine translation (MT) means the translation of a text by computer with no human involvement and should not be confused with computer assisted translation (CAT). With CAT, a human translator will be assisted by translation software to translate documents. This software creates a memory of translated sentences that are then ...