There are at least two common situations when machine translations can offer real advantage compared to other translation options. Firstly when human translator service is used with basic translation project, machine translation can save as much as half of the translation expenses charged by the translation provider. Secondly, when translating easy-to-read documents, machine translator can achieve very high quality translation within minutes. Don’t believe me? Read ahead.
When you want to translate any text to another language with extremely high quality, a human translator must be involved. That means it will cost you some money and when the price is usually based on the word count, the translation project can become way too expensive for a small business or for a private person. If you first translate the text with computer and then have a professional, human translator proofreading and fixing the errors you can save up to 50% in cost. Thus by combining machine translation and human translation you will achieve great savings both in cost and time.
Another way to use machine translation effectively is to translate text that is easy for a computer to translate. When the text itself is easy the computer makes less or no errors. Thus you will have good quality translated by a machine. There are various guidelines (check for example our machine translation guidelines or this article) for writing text that can be easily translated with a machine. First of all, write short sentences. All sentences must be also simple without complicated sub sentences or multi-level sentence structures. Also make sure that you use common language and not any speciality words.
In a previous post we compared machine translation with driving a car. If we take this parable to this conversation also, it really seems reasonable. You can’t travel around the world by driving a car, but it is reasonable to drive to the airport or harbour. Likewise machine translation can take you closer to the destination and ease you journey. In addition driving a car is much more pleasant if the road is in a good condition. A good machine translator is like a good car: it speeds up the tour and takes you closer to the destination smoothly and quickly. Sometimes the road even leads to the end and a good car is the only transporter you need.