How to keep quality of Machine Translations under control?
Machine Translations (MT) are an incredible invention that makes our life easier. But sometimes, their accuracy is low, and translating large amounts of texts will inevitably produce outputs of varying quality.
Translating strings to a language you don’t know well with MT engines can be a pain because you might not fully understand what’s truly in there.
What can you do to ensure consistent quality levels of machine translation output? Localazy offers some solutions you might want to consider:
If you are conducting the translations yourself, try to use Additional MT Engines to get more suggestions, allowing you to compare and decide.
You can employ both of these methods while using Localazy to achieve the best possible quality of machine translations.
What is Machine Translation?
Machine translation (MT) is the process by which computer software translates text from one language to another, without human intervention.
What is the best Machine Translation Engine?
We can gauge how good a Machine Translation Engine is by the accuracy of the translation, conciseness, consistency of output, and how many language pairs they offer.
Localazy offers four major machine translation engines to use when translating your content (available with the Additional MT feature enabled).
Use English, which is unquestionably the best language to pair with another language for machine translations because translations from and to English give the best results overall. That’s why it is also a good idea to select English as the source language for your projects in Localazy.
As for the engine itself, each one has its pros and cons:
Google Translate is the most popular and offers many languages and language pairs with a reasonably accurate translation, making it the best average option.
DeepL is becoming quickly better and better and is great for more technical terms. It is usually also very concise but has a lower variety of language pairs.
Amazon Translate still has a somewhat fluctuating quality; it can be very high or pretty low, but you can use it for free with Localazy.
Microsoft Azure has fewer available language options and average quality.
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