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Translators Have a Good Memory

Translators Have a Good Memory
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One of the most important tools for a technical translator is a ‘translation memory’. This is a database that contains all the translations ever produced for a certain project or client. Using this database, a translator can locate phrases and terms translated in the past to use them again in new projects.

The quality of a translation memory depends on the accuracy of the initial translation, and this is especially true for specialist technical terminology.

So, does this mean that to translate, you just need a really good translation memory?

No, of course not, because no single translation is equally suitable for all contexts, texts and target audiences.

This is precisely why a human translator is so important: a professional specialist translator can understand the context, text and target audience, and has the ability and skills to identify the most suitable translation for each and every situation.

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