News, tools and interesting articles on translation and localization

Awesome Machine Translation Detector!! January 28, 2011

Filed under: Localization,machine translation,translation — martinho21 @ 10:04 am

I am sure we all have faced this scenario, we got a translation back that sounds kind of weird, there is something strange about it, we are almost sure that has been done by a machine (which doesn’t have to be a bad thing that was what we asked for), but we can’t prove it. Well, this a tool to detect machine translations, it is really fun to use, enjoy!!






Machine translation, not as bad as it looks (if you know how to use it) May 1, 2010

This article provides us with good examples when machine translation was really useful and probably the best solution to the translation needs at the moment. It also shows how useful it can be for some translators for some translations. This is definitely and amazing subject and a tool that has improved a lot in the past years. And no translator should underestimate it.

Written by David Bellos, director of the Program in Translation and Intercultural Communication at Princeton.


The New York Times puts to the test Google, Yahoo and Microsoft machine translation tools March 11, 2010

Interesting article that shows the advances in machine translation and the differences between some of the most important machine translation tools out there. It also shows that Google seems to be ahead of its competitors. Fortunately, from my point of view, we (translators) shouldn’t worry. Not yet. Read it here.


Awesome Book on Open Translation Tools February 21, 2010

I just discovered a new book that I found very interesting while reading a blog by Kirti Vashee. It is about sharing, collaborating and “peer production” models of translation. Definitely worth to read. You can do it as a web site or a pdf here.


Great presentation at the ATA conference about the future of translation November 17, 2009

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Renato Beninatto, CEO of milengo posted in his blog his presentation at the ATA conference.  You can check it out here.


Will translators become an endangered species? November 7, 2009

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Japanese manufacturer NEC unveiled a pair of glasses that can automatically translate spoken words and phrases. I still think that no machine will be able to translate as a good “human” translator. Read the article at