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Medical Translations: Quality Matters

by Manuel Herranz When you think about two different jobs, doctors and translators do not come to mind as two related professions But the fields of life science and medicine and translation services do share at least one important feature: you never call the doctor until you need one. Likewise, you never search for translation services until you really need a translator. But the same could be said about the legal profession and legal translations or the engineering industry and technical translations. The translation industry is a multi-facetted industry and professional translators are supposed to be experts or knowledgeable about many fields. It is not a small industry either, and myths about the translation industry are disappearing as technology has been able to automate many processes. Ideally, experienced translators working in any of those particular areas of knowledge will help improve the conditions of each industry, and in particular the […]

Indian Business

India needs more translation into European languages to advance its economic weight

by Manuel Herranz The last decade has been great for India. Not only its economy has grown, but we can already see Indian heads at most big companies in the US and other countries, as CEO’s or key personnel. This is not surprising: when we look at the recent developments in India’s economy we find out that it is currently growing faster than the economy of China. Traditionally, India’s economy has been more open and less protective. It has always been easier to do business in India, with less red tape than China. It is a huge achievement for a country which is now entering a second phase: Indian companies will begin to take positions in the world and export services directly from India making use of their excellent English skills. This is a key difference when looking at other BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, China) which have other national languages. Brazil and Russia have suffered stagnation for more than […]

Speak to Global Customers in Their Own Language

Digital Business and Language Translation

by Manuel Herranz In many ways, the world seems to be getting smaller. Transatlantic flights may still take hours, but there is no denying that international markets are becoming more accessible than ever due to globalization, increased connectivity and the relaxation of trade barriers. Previously, the possibility of doing business overseas was only an option for large businesses as they had extensive resources, and specialist knowledge. Fortunately, this is no longer the case as even small digital businesses can reach out to international markets in a number of ways, mostly through international websites, translation services and website localization. A digital business has the option of using a ready-made sales platform such as Amazon, offering direct online sales or seeking trading partners in the local market. Content Management Systems like WordPress, Joomla, etc., and eCommerce software like Prestashop or Magento make it easy to have a global presence…in one language. However, […]

Where do I host to avoid the Great Firewall of China?

OK, you have translated your website into Chinese, and now you wish to make all that exciting content available to more than 1,500 million people. Are you going to just add Chinese as another language on your website? You probably have heard some sites cannot be accessed from China, that payment methods are different. Foreign sites load pretty slowly – you need to avoid the great firewall of China. Thus, do you really need now to host your website in China to target visitors, clients or the general public in mainland China? The answer is yes and no. China is the second largest economy in the world. It will not take long for the size of the Chinese economy to surpass the US’ GDP. Many Western companies have been involving with trade in China in a way or another. Alibaba’s was valued as a Nasdaq stock on an equal footing […]

Computer tools for translators: user needs poll

by Anna Zaretskaya and Manuel Herranz We have often said in our blog and publications that translation stopped being a craft a long time ago. Translation companies are becoming solution providers in terms of tools and technology – particularly solutions that help companies publish more, faster and in more languages. It is no wonder then that more and more translation tools are flooding the market and translation professionals choose one or other as their “life tool”. Anna Zaretskaya is a  researcher at the University of Malaga within the EU EXPERT project. Anna is researching on computer tools for translators, the use of certain tools, their popularity and how and why translators make a choice between one tool and another. Also, Anna is interested on how machine translation is affecting and is being adopted by professional translators in their daily life. Anna says: “The invasion of technology in the translation industry […]

3 types of machine translation

If you are a content manager and own a business, you know how much time writing takes. For instance, you can order one of your writers to write good content for your blog, for example a content-rich article of about 1,000 words. It soon adds to 10,000 words of valuable content that you need to transfer from one language to another. How fast can you expect the work to be done to get Spanish Translations, French Translations or German Translations of those 10,000 words? Well, it can take some days or weeks to get it done, depending on whether you use freelancers or a professional translation company. Anx this is where modern technology steps in. If you need to produce volumes of work in several languages within a limited time span and with a tight budget, machine translation is what you need. With this technology you will save on to […]

Tekom and EXPERT Hybrid MT Winter School

by Manuel Herranz Pangeanic attended two major events during November, promoting its flexible machine translation technologies to translation experts/LSPs and corporate users. We also took part in the first training event of the EU’s Marie Curie EXPERT program which aims at training young researchers in hybrid machine translation technologies and link up experienced researchers with industry. Tekom concentrated pretty much on terminology management this year. With machine translation now being mainstream in most LSPs, or being adopted to some degree, we were happy to see that worth of a mouth as a result of practical use of PangeaMT by adopters is the best publicity for a technology developed free-of-chains. Despite typical noise by some developers, more and more LSPs are becoming increasingly interested in owning a technology which empowers them to grow and become technologically savvy, as well as enabling them to design better solutions to their clients, without being technological […]

Understanding Machine Translation Customization and DIY MT

by Manuel Herranz The same mistake that was made by many translation agencies, translation companies and now language service providers is being made by tough machine translation companies. “My (machine) translation is better than yours”, “my machine translation system works, everybody else’s doesn’t”. Translation companies have learnt that they cannot sell translation services on “translation quality claims” only or “I am better than you because…”  – but it seems that some machine translation companies have to learn the same lesson. I am referring particularly to those with risky levels of investment /venture capital to repay and without the testing ground of in-house native speakers or a real translation department where to test their technologies and MT before release. At times, such companies obtained their “high quality clean data” by bombarding Google Translate and applying cleaning cycles which included manual revision by local, non-native graduates. Many LSPs fall for the big marketing campaigns, […]

Pangea Machine Translation at Machine Translation Summit XIV

Pangeanic’s machine translation technologies from division PangeaMT and its involvement within the EXPERT program will be presented at the poster session of the European MT Machine Translation Summit XIV which will take place in Nice, 2-6th September. Pangeanic is attending as a member of the EU-funded Marie Curie consortium EXPERT (EXPloiting Empirical appRoaches to Translation). The aim of this EU-funded action is to train young researchers, namely Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) and Experienced Researchers (ERs), promoting research, development and the use of hybrid LT (language translation) technologies. Like other partners in the consortium, Pangeanic is to contribute to different project stages. At the end of the project, the technological division PangeaMT will oversee the implementation and evaluation of the new hybrid computer-aided translation technology proposed in EXPERT. The company will also collaborate by (co-)hosting and supervising a number of post-graduate and post-doctoral researchers. Some topics of interest for the translation industry are […]

Expert

Pangeanic in EU EXPERT Project Evaluating Hybrid Machine Translation

by Manuel Herranz As recently published in our news section, Pangeanic will take part as a full member in the EU-funded EXPERT Project. EXPERT aims to train young researchers to promote the research, development and use of hybrid language translation technologies. In practice, EXPERT aims at improving translation practices and enhancing the productivity of relevant actors in the translation market. In this respect, EXPERT’s findings will set an agenda for new skills and jobs by promoting new job profiles based on empirical data from translation professionals (language service providers) and academia. The assumption of the project is that true potential of MT remains to be exploited as a result of non-user-friendly interfaces, lack of awareness of translator’s feedback, etc. However, Pangeanic already created and released a web-based tool that is able to organize material for Machine Translation by domain, maintain it and perform some cleaning routines, a key factor in our participation […]