I remember while I was at school we were given words, phrases and paragraphs to translate into French and German and we were told specifically NOT to use free translation sites to achieve this work. At this time, my naïve self didn’t even know exactly what a free translation site was. Inevitably, my curiosity got the higher of me and I decided I wanted to see what these sites were and how they worked. I was amazed and gobsmacked at the same time. On the main one hand I thought it had been marvellous how I really could key in an expression and the German equivalent would appear before my eyes as if by magic. On another hand, I was appalled by the quality of the translation in front of me; as a keen linguist, I’ve always wanted to make sure of knowing sentence structure and grammar, and free translation sites don’t provide you with that. Each word of a sentence is translated literally, aside from grammar and whether or not the phrase is definitely an idiom or perhaps a colloquialism.
Word for word translations don’t help anyone and leave people feeling like they’ve found a fantastic site and have a brilliant translation in front of them, when in actual fact the translation is incomprehensible. Just translate the already translated French phrase into English and you might find what I mean. Thankfully, for professional translators, clients understand that free translation sites certainly are a waste of time and will always employ a qualified person to do translation projects for them. It is really a shame there are people available who really think that free translation sites are accurate and not a waste of time. Baidu All I will say about that is you receive that which you purchase – if you spend nothing for something, you’ll get basically nothing in return. Also, could you rather have someone you are able to talk to on the device about your project, and someone you trust with it, or a wrong machine that you cannot communicate with?
Obviously, it is more straightforward to upload a document to a free translation site, but what goes on if you want to proofread the document you’ve sent? What goes on when the document is important, and an error of a “do” in place of a “don’t” makes most of the difference to the meaning of the writing? Yes, it could take you a bit more time to locate a human translator you trust instead of a translation website, but the results you receive from an expert translator will prove for you that the full time you spent looking for them was not wasted and that you’ve a reliable translation in front of you.