7/15/2013 by Susana Schultz
We live in a world, where everyone is in a hurry. We live in a translation world where most translators use translation memories because, they say, it’s efficient and allows them to produce more work in less time, hence allowing them to make a little more money. In a world where translation prices are not keeping up with inflation and where new, flight-by-night, here-today-gone-tomorrow translation agencies are bringing prices down all the time, I can understand that translators want to be able to do more in the same amount of time. Translation memories have their place, I understand that, but I am an old-fashioned translator and I have never being able to buy into translation memories.
Our translators use it, don’t get me wrong, I just prefer to translate with my head and not trust that a software program will choose the right segment with the right meaning for the right industry. And that is where translation memories fail, when a word means something different in a different situation, where bill means invoice but also proposed law and also beak and other meanings too. And this is simply one example. There are many, many more. So one misinterpreted word translated in a hurry can ruin an otherwise good Spanish translation. If you choose to use a translation memory, self-edit your work before you deliver it to your client.
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