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What is Machine Translation?

What is Machine Translation in General?

Machine Translation (MT) or automated translation is a process when a computer software translates text from one language to another without human involvement.

How does Machine Translation Work?

MT works with large amounts of source and target languages that are compared and matched against each other by a machine translation engine. We differentiate three types of machine translation methods:

Rules-based machine translation uses grammar and language rules, developed by language experts, and dictionaries which can be customized to a specific topic or industry.

Statistical machine translation does not rely on linguistic rules and words; it learns how to translate by analyzing large amount of existing human translations.

Neural machine translation teaches itself on how to translate by using a large neural network. This method is becoming more and more popular as it provides better results with language pairs.

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memoQ has integrations with the most popular machine translation engines. These engines provide suggestions during translation that translators may use if they find them appropriate. This way, translators can make sure that the localized version has the same style as the original.

What are the benefits of Machine Translation?

Saves time: Machine language translation can save significant time as it is capable of translating entire text documents in seconds. However, please bear in mind that human translators should always post-edit translations done by MTs.

Reduces costs: Machine Translation can substantially lower your costs, as it requires less human involvement.

Memorizes terms: Another benefit of machine language translation is its ability to memorize key terms and reuse them wherever they might fit.

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