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The difference between Machine Translation and Computer-Aided Translation

11 November 2019   /    Our Blog   /    no comments

The difference between Machine Translation and Computer-Aided Translation

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Lots of clients seem confused by the terms MT and CAT, given that both terms sound quite similar and the lack of familiarity gives room tomisunderstanding; but the difference in results is very obvious

Machine Translation is fast and cheap, but seldom accurate

A very well-known example is Google Translate; the said translation is accomplished by feeding a text to a computer algorithm that would render the translated version in seconds. There is no human agency involved.

It has several advantages, such as speed and cost, and it has been improving its accuracy in certain language combinations, such as Swedish to English, or Spanish to English. But for longer or convoluted texts the results are far from optimal. Likewise for many other language combinations, such as Burmese or Mongolian where there is obviously much less text available online and the algorithm can render some risible results.

The tendency of hiring a “post-translation editor” to analyze the draft translation and correct the errors is understandable but in many instances the said editors would request the original text in order to make sense of the text they have before them, wasting everyone’s time in the process.

Machine translation, as its current stage, is only useful to derive the gist of meaning from an article or posting, but if you want to derive the accurate meaning of a given text, you would need a human being to be part of it

Here is where Computed-Assisted Translation comes in. In essence, it is human translation that is enhanced by computerized tools.

Many of the said tools are already present all word processors and web browsers, who have built-in spell-checkers or automatic correctors. But the more complex translation tools include memory tools, which are databases of texts in multiple languages, terminology managers that ensure consistency throughout the entire text, terminology databases purposely built for specific domains and many more

Hope the above clarifies the difference between Machine Translation and Computer-Assisted Translation

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Malaysian Translation Agency linked to 1MDB Scandal

10 October 2019   /    Our Blog   /    no comments

Malaysian Translation Agency linked to 1MDB Scandal

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According to news reports , Institut Terjemahan dan Buku Malaysia Bhd (ITBM), a Malaysian GLC, is mentioned in the list of entities and organizations issued by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission ( MACC ) as recipients of funds originating from ill-fated sovereign fund 1MBD.

The funds, disbursed in 2011 and amounting to 975,000 ringgit in total, ought to be returned to the MACC within two weeks from the compound notice issued to them by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission.

ITBM has issued a statement refuting any ill-intention or wrongdoing regarding the said emoluments.

According to MSN News, the anti-graft body gave them two weeks to pay the fine under the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001.

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Working under pressure can be lethal: The case of Sin Hye-yong

25 June 2019   /    Our Blog   /    no comments

Working under pressure can be lethal: The case of Sin Hye-yong

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North Korean interpreter sent to labour camp for mistranslating for Kim Jong Un during the failed Summit in Hanoi on Feb 2019:

 

Most viewers are familiar with Trump’s Korean interpreter during the first US-North Korea Summit in Singapore on June 2018. Her lesser-known male counterpart in the DPKR delegation was Kim Ju-song. However, the said korean interpreter was not present during the second summit held on February 27th & 28th; Instead, press and observers were told that President Kim Jong Un would be attending the gala dinner with a young female interpreter, Sin Hye-yong ( pic ). Upon return from Hanoi, the entire delegation suffered severe reprisals, from the head of the negotiating team, who was allegedly executed, to interpreter Sin who ,according to reports, has been sent to a labour camp. From our humble blog post, we hereby appeal to the North Korean leadership to set aside the punishment that may await our colleague Sin Hye-yong on account of the tremendous pressure the interpreter may have been subjected to before and during the Hanoi summit. It would have been overbearing for any interpreter, regardless of loyalty, to almost single-handedly manage all the flow of statements, formulations and verbal exchanges during the Summit and the days prior to it. Interpreters are prone to make mistakes when are overworked and they cant recuse themselves of await the respite of rotating with another colleague; as in the case of top-level bilateral meetings whereby the same interpreter is retained from the beginning to the end. Please give her another chance

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A week in the life of an LSP

25 April 2019   /    Our Blog   /    no comments

A week in the life of an LSP

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 Translation agencies, currently known as Language Services Providers or LSP, May not meet your definition of a typical office environment; besides the multiplicity of languages spoken from 9 to 5 in the office one must add the unpredictability of the day, as it is not unusual to have the most weird requests for language services:

One of the most unusual request of this year was the following:

A German husband and his Indonesian-born German wife were travelling in Malaysia the past month; she was expecting and, after spending a few bad days, decided to check with a doctor who informed them that they would induce labor and deliver the child here. She delivered a healthy baby shortly afterwards

However, Malaysian authorities refused to issue the newborn a proper birth certificate unless and until the parents proved that they were legally married. All their documentation, (German & Indonesian birth certificates, marriage certificate issue in PRC) has to be translated in a hurry from German, Indonesian & Mandarin to English and they were forced to lengthen their stay here for a while but, after spending several days in Kuala Lumpur, they have decided to move to Malaysia and start a new life here.

Needless to say, we also translated the newborn’s birth certificate from Malay to German!

Past week saw an unusual amount of activity in the field of community and industrial interpreting;

Our calendar looked like this:

  • Monday 15th: French-English interpreting at Magistrate Court
  • Tuesday 16th: Urdu-English interpreting with a relief organization
  • Wednesday 17th: Nepalese-English interpreting – factory visit
  • Thursday 18th: Urdu-English interpreting with a relief organization (cont.)
  • Friday 19th: Japanese- English interpreting for food manufacturing TNC

And what could the next one bring? For the moment we just have an inquiry for Monday to interpret at a press conference called by a big sports organization from Spain

And that is a typical week in the life of an interpreter or a consultant interpreter; one always starts the weekend with the satisfaction of having been able to lower the language barrier and improve the understanding and conflict resolution for a good amount of people

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History & Interpreting

9 April 2019   /    Our Blog   /    no comments

History & Interpreting

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Nuremberg & IBM

Most people think real-time interpreting has been around since the dawn of mankind and language; however, that is inaccurate as the birth of simultaneous interpreting can be traced back to the Nuremberg Trials set up in November 1945 to document and prosecute nazi crimes. However, there is an earlier precedent to simultaneous interpreting, namely;

February 1st, 1933 which saw the first instance of real-time, seamless interpreting during the broadcast of Adolf Hitler’s speech after his appointment as Germany’s Chancellor when he proclaimed the Reich Government to the German people. His speech was translated into French for the entire nation to hear. It was an ominous sign of things to come as France heard the worlds of Hitler in off-mode and the subsequent French version of his inflammatory rhetoric. The transcript of his first radio address can be found in:

https://www.facinghistory.org/holocaust-and-human-behavior/chapter-5/hitlers-first-radio-address

It is fair to say, therefore, that one of the most interesting and intellectually rewarding professions emerged from the ashes of one of the most inhumane and cruel chapters in History

Colonel Dostert, a linguist from the US Army became chief of the Translation Division at Nuremberg employing a score of interpreters to use the System

The most challenging part was the technology, which did not exist as we know it today.

It was IBM and its engineers who, on the top floor of the Nuremberg Court building, tested for the first time what was to become the Simultaneous Interpreting System that we know today. Using and combining telephone lines and exchanges they were able to set up a network in which all 4 languages –floor language plus additional 3- could be segregated and the renditions synchronized, saving enormous amount of time to the legal process. Nuremberg trials would have been four times as long without this ingenious system

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World Customs Organization INAMA Project

26 March 2019   /    Our Blog   /    no comments

World Customs Organization INAMA Project

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The fight against wildlife trafficking was the theme of the 2 days workshop held at the Academy of the Royal Malaysian Customs Academy AKMAL, located in the outskirts of Malacca city on 21st & 22nd March.

As it was an event sponsored by the State Department of the USA, UNODC, Interpol and other outfits, the presence of a team of competent French interpreters was an essential need to bring the language barrier down and enable participants and speakers from the French-speaking regions of the world to capitalize on their visit as much as possible. Working under very stringent working conditions and with no prior material available for the interpreters, on account of the confidentiality of the seminar, our SIS equipment, site manager and interpreting team were congratulated repeatedly for the excellent performance despite the logistic and thematic challenges.

Being a small meeting of like-minded people made simultaneous interpreting even harder, as the latency of the translated rendition has to be kept short in order to avoid misunderstandings among participants, which is no mean feat when arguments are thrown back and forth in hurried fashion.

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8th World Summit on Arts & Culture

26 March 2019   /    Our Blog   /    no comments

8th World Summit on Arts & Culture

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Kuala Lumpur was graced with cultural activists, artists, policy-makers and other stakeholders from the arts that gathered at a unique venue, KL PAC an abandoned railway station reconverted into a cultural space surrounded by tress and a lake.

Our teams of Spanish and French interpreters, that were brought in from Malaysia, Thailand and India, had a lot of preparatory work in their hands on account of the convoluted nature of the assignment that lasted from the 12th to 14th of March. For the first time in a very long time our teams found themselves reading social psychology and philosophy to prepare for the theme and spirit of this event, where the plenary session reunited more than 600 attendees from all other the world. The new Malaysia became the perfect background for an event oriented in increasing the visibility of the Arts and their importance in nation-building in the North as well as the South

Most sessions took place at the Plenary Hall but there were several breakout sessions subdivided by themes of interest or world regions; some of the said breakout sessions also had simultaneous interpreting.

Our teams received standing ovations and a lot of recognition on account of the difficulty of some sessions and the fluidity by which interpreters were able to deliver a real-time version of the proceedings.  We facilitated a total of 400 headsets and four teams of interpreters, two Spanish and two French. The floor language was mainly English

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Fighting Terror, one event at a time

26 October 2018   /    Our Blog   /    no comments

Fighting Terror, one event at a time

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One of our main specialty is the provision of interpreting service for strategic or sensitive projects

In that line, b-lingo.com was the organizer of interpreting services for several events of that nature, namely:

  • The workshop that took part in early January, organized by PDRM, Interpol and UNODC, to deal with the issue of FTF and international jihadism prevalent in Southern Philippines.

 

  • the Seminar on corruption in sports organized by Interpol and IOC in Kuala Lumpur, on the 16 & 17 of October

The said seminar was attended by more than 100 participants from law enforcement ( Royal Malaysian Police, Royal Customs, Anti-Corruption Agency ) international, regional and local sports organizations ( FIFA, FIBA, ITF, BWF ) and members of the press corps. Delegates came from several SE Asian countries, notably Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and other countries

It was a big success and, linguistically speaking, we felt our contribution was best suited to enhance the degree of understanding this menace represents for all competitive sports

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Tiрѕ Fоr Diѕсоvеring Gеnuinе Chinеѕе Trаnѕlаtiоn Sеrviсеѕ

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Tiрѕ Fоr Diѕсоvеring Gеnuinе Chinеѕе Trаnѕlаtiоn Sеrviсеѕ

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Chinа iѕ оnе аmоng thоѕе соuntriеѕ thаt hаvе uniԛuе сulturе аnd lаnguаgе. Chinеѕе реорlе рrеfеr thеir nаtivе lаnguаgе fоr соmmuniсаtiоn рrосеѕѕ whеthеr it’ѕ with thеir соmmоn реорlе оr fоrеign dеlеgаtеѕ. Thuѕ, lаnguаgе еmеrgеѕ аѕ thе аnnоуing bаrriеr fоr thоѕе fоrеign еntеrрriѕеѕ lооking fоrwаrd tо еntеring thе Chinеѕе mаrkеt fоr thеir buѕinеѕѕ еxраnѕiоn. Thаt’ѕ whу Chinеѕе trаnѕlаtiоn ѕеrviсеѕ аrе frеԛuеntlу рiсkеd bу buѕinеѕѕ еntеrрriѕеѕ. Sinсе thеrе’ѕ аn аvаilаbilitу оf zilliоn lаnguаgе trаnѕlаtiоn ѕеrviсе рrоvidеrѕ in thе mаrkеt, ѕо finding thе оnе thаt соnfеrѕ rеliаblе ѕеrviсеѕ iѕ nоt аn еаѕу tаѕk. In оrdеr tо mаintаin a lоng-buѕinеѕѕ rеlаtiоnѕhiр еvеn аftеr thе buѕinеѕѕ mееting iѕ оvеr, it iѕ nесеѕѕаrу tо соnduсt рrореr rеѕеаrсh bеfоrе hiring аnу trаnѕlаtiоn ѕеrviсе рrоvidеr.

Fоllоwing аrе a fеw tiрѕ fоr finding gеnuinе trаnѕlаtiоn ѕеrviсеѕ Mаlауѕiа. Rеmеmbеr thеѕе tiрѕ tо invеѕt in thе right dirесtiоn.

Chесk Rерutаtiоn оf Thе Sеrviсе Prоvidеr

Thеrе аrе numеrоuѕ орtiоnѕ frоm whеrе оnе саn еаѕilу сhесk thе mаrkеt rерutаtiоn оf thе trаnѕlаtiоn ѕеrviсе рrоvidеrѕ. Onе саn rеlу оn lосаl buѕinеѕѕ dirесtоriеѕ, сlаѕѕifiеdѕ, аnd еvеn оn thе рорulаr buѕinеѕѕ liѕting ѕitеѕ tо gеt a briеf оf thе lаnguаgе trаnѕlаtiоn ѕеrviсе рrоvidеr. Aраrt frоm thеѕе rеѕоurсеѕ, оnе саn аѕk hеlр frоm thеir ѕосiаl сirсlеѕ tо gеt еxасt dеtаilѕ. Sinсе, thе intеrnеt iѕ flооdеd with multiрlе орtiоnѕ, but a gеnuinе rеfеrеnсе frоm friеndѕ аnd сlоѕе rеlаtivеѕ will асt аѕ thе bеѕt hеlр. It iѕ bесаuѕе thеу аrе nоt рrоmоting аnу ѕеrviсеѕ, ѕо thеу will rесоmmеnd оnlу thоѕе ѕеrviсеѕ thаt аrе gеnuinеlу gооd.

Aѕk Fоr Priсе Quоtеѕ

Almоѕt еvеrу ѕеrviсе рrоvidеr соnfеrѕ frее рriсе ԛuоtеѕ tо еаrn truѕt оf thеir сuѕtоmеrѕ. Thuѕ, it’ѕ bеttеr tо аѕk fоr ԛuоtеѕ frоm thе ѕеrviсеѕ рrоvidеr рriоr рiсking Chinеѕе lаnguаgе trаnѕlаtiоn ѕеrviсеѕ. It’ѕ bеttеr tо аѕk bеfоrе invеѕting inѕtеаd оf rеgrеtting lаtеr. Onе саn еаѕilу gаthеr rеlеvаnt infоrmаtiоn ѕimрlу bу drоррing a ѕinglе mаil оr bу filling оnlinе inԛuirу fоrmѕ рrоvidеd bу thе рrоvidеrѕ. Thiѕ ѕtер iѕ еѕѕеntiаl tо hаvе аn еxасt idеа аbоut thе рriсе сhаrgе bу thе trаnѕlаtiоn соmраniеѕ. Tоdау, mоѕt оf thе Chinеѕе trаnѕlаtiоn соmраniеѕ сhаrgе оn thе bаѕiѕ оf wоrd соunt, ѕоmе сhаrgе оn thе ассоunt оf lаnguаgе раirѕ, аnd еvеn ѕоmе kеер timеlinе аttributе tо сhаrgе mоnеу. Hоwеvеr, ѕоmе соmраniеѕ сhаrgе аdditiоnаllу fоr соnfеrring Engliѕh Chinеѕе trаnѕlаtiоn.

Rеmеmbеr thеѕе tiрѕ fоr thе рurроѕе оf diѕсоvеring gеnuinе Chinеѕе trаnѕlаtiоn ѕеrviсе рrоvidеrѕ аt аffоrdаblе rаtеѕ. Thеѕе tiрѕ will асt аѕ a grеаt hеlр whеn it соmеѕ tо еnhаnсе your buѕinеѕѕ’ wоrldwidе mаrkеt rерutаtiоn.

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