Perhaps the biggest test for AI in the translation industryOver the last few years, Japan’s Institute of Information and Communications Technology has been creating small translation devices for foreign tourists visiting Japan. These devices are able to translate text into 31 languages. They have voice recognition into and out of 16 languages. But will these native devices be accurate enough for foreign visitors? They will not be dealing with sports broadcasting and sports translations. In fact, their accuracy is still to be known: we will have to wait until 2020 and see. The presumption is that JIIC's devices will be good enough to assist visitors around Tokyo and to their transport points, stadiums and venues and popular tourist sites. Translating sport events is another matter However, other language areas may be difficult to manage because sports jargons, just like the legal and medical and technical sector, has plenty of its own unique phrasing and terminologies. Even a sports translation expert will have to verify terminology when speaking about rugby, football, waterpolo, judo or cycling - the rules, players, and scoring define different actions, reactions and events.
International sports translations and branding ... rightSports logos are everywhere and they are easy to recognise: the Nike swoosh or the Adidas trefoil can be spotted in any country and no translation is needed. However, when it comes to global sports marketing, big name brand campaigns can be really affected by they way they sound in other languages. The Chinese translation of the Nike brand name sounds ‘Nai Ke’. If you don't know Chinese, here's some news for you: it works very well because both the English and Chinese sound identical in this case. The Chinese literal translation means "Enduring and Preserving" – which conveys solid company culture and values. This looks like a perfectly well thought out sports translation!
Watch out! Even the best translators can get it wrong sometimesBut marketing special edition lines is very different. When the same brad (Nike) released a pair of special edition trainers with ‘Fa’ on the left shoe (which means "getting rich" in Chinese) and ‘Fu’ (meaning "fortune arrives") on the right, sports translators and marketeers braced themselves for success. Unfortunately, when you put them together in Chinese "Fa" and "Fu" translate as "getting fat". LoL.
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