Human vs Machine translation
So, what are the differences between Human translation vs Machine translation?
In fact, “Why pay anything at all for translation? Google offers translation for free!”
When is it ok to use machine translation? When should I pay a little more and entrust my translation project to human talent?
Goals of your translation
If all you are worried about is price, there are plenty of automatic translators on the internet. Machine Translation (MT) engines will render a text into a target language of your choice, sufficiently clearly and accurately for you to be able to grasp the gist of what the original says.
Get the jist
This is a perfect tool to help you read an email in a language you are not familiar with, for example. Or you might just want to grasp the basic message of a report. But to represent you and your business, MT is totally inadequate. In fact, it could well hurt your business in a variety of ways.
The QuickSilver blog team have carried out a number of translation experiments to highlight the limitations of MT. If these limitations were to impact on your business in any way, the consequences could far-reaching and unpleasant. Think of a mistranslated catalogue, a financial report full of errors or an ambiguously worded technical manual…