About Translation

Our annual Most Valuable Translator awards

Every year, the WT team selects our Most Valuable Translators. We’re extremely grateful to our network of linguists. Thank you!

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What is NMT and how will it change the way we work?

Neural Machine Translation (NMT); it’s time we acknowledged it.

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Are you getting the most fun out of your CAT tool?

Two of our favourite memoQ features, the “Do Not Press This Button” button and the Zen mode, have had quite the tumultuous past.

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5 reasons why being bilingual doesn’t magic you into a translator

It’s a common misconception that bilingual people are all capable translators.

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Why does Google Translate work better for some languages than others?

The quality of translations from Google Translate can vary from good to absolutely terrible, and some language pairs are much better than other language pairs. So, why does Google Translate work better for some languages than others? Zero-shot technology pairs Did you know that Google Translate can now translate from Uzbek into Zulu? And Javanese into Chichewa? Surely there aren’t many native Zulu speakers who can also speak Uzbek, or Chichewa speakers who can translate from Javanese… Google now uses ‘Zero-shot’ translation technology, which means that it uses intermediate languages to match up content, and that no translations between the source and target were necessarily entered into the system. For example, if English was translated to Uzbek and Zulu, then Zulu can be translated to Uzbek, and vice versa. The output is not going to be as good as for some of the other language pairs in Google Translate, however. Amount of data Frequently translated languages with many contributions to […]

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