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How good are Free Translation Tools?
Free online translation tools can be useful to gain a vague understanding of foreign language websites, but the results can also be confusing. Should you just require a vague idea of the meaning of a couple of sentences Free Translation Tools can be useful. However, users should always exercise caution and be aware that even the free translation of one line can be misleading.
Words often have multiple meanings; this is true for all languages. When using a free translation tool to translate different German phrases including the word “match”, a word with multiple connotations, the potential problems soon become apparent:
|German||Correct English meaning||Machine Translation|
|Heute abend haben wir ein Spiel||This evening we have a match (football match)||This evening we have a play (This could easily be misinterpreted to mean a theatrical play, without background knowledge it certainly does not imply football match.)|
|Die neue Tischdecke passt gut zum Teppich||The new tablecloth goes really well with the carpet. (is a perfect match for the carpet)||The new tischdecke fits well the carpet. (In this instance the translation tool has not found a translation for tablecloth and unless the user has knowledge of German this translation would be unhelpful.)|
|Sie sind ein Traumpaar||They are a perfect match||They are a pair of dreams. (This is simply wrong and very misleading)|
|Die Beschreibung des Opfers trifft auf ihn zu||He matches the description the victim gave us.||The description of the victim applies to it. (With context, perhaps the true meaning could be inferred from this machine translation, however, it is certainly not clear.)|
Use free translations with care; bad machine translation does not only portray an unprofessional image, it could also convey the wrong message completely and cause unnecessary embarrassment. A good or bad translation could be the difference between winning that important deal and losing out to a better prepared competitor.
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