CAT tools

I have just finished my assignment on CAT tools and had to use MateCat as part of it.  I really didn’t expect to like translation technology.  I thought that they may make a translator redundant. However, I love technology in general, so it’s no surprise that I can see that I will also love translation technology in time and as I become better acquainted with it.

It does take a different set of skills though than human translation, as it is more like editing the machine output that actually translating the source text. I can see that it won’t be suitable for all types of texts either, as it won’t be able to cope with poetry or more literary texts. It’s quite difficult at first to get used to seeing the text in segments, and I noticed that my usual habit of reading the source text completely and then again as I am working through it, and pondering on what it means in context, how to approach it etc. didn’t happen when using the CAT tool, it was simply editing the English output compared to a very short segment of original text. It felt a bit like working on a production line. It will be useful for projects for marketing, and for clients who use specialist vocabulary though, as the translation memory will remember things so I don’t have to.

It’s quite difficult at first to get used to seeing the text in segments, and I noticed that my usual habit of reading the source text through completely and then again as I am working through it didn’t happen when using the CAT tool, it was simply editing the English output compared to a very short segment of original text. I will have to ensure that I read the original completely before loading it in future. It will be useful for projects for marketing, and for clients who use specialist vocabulary though, as the translation memory will remember things so I don’t have to. Is that a bonus? Will it make me lazy?

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