Risks of Machine Translation
Risks of Machine Translation
Machine translation is the application of computers to the task of translating texts from one natural language to another.
On a basic level, Machine translation performs simple substitution of words in one natural language for words in another, but that alone usually cannot produce a good translation of a text, because recognition of whole phrases and their closest counterparts in the target language is needed.
As machine translation is characterized by low cost or even cost-free, it is being used to promote one’s business all over the world. However, machine translation remains as a highly risky way that could damage your business because it can cause misunderstanding easily.
Language is ambiguous in nature both at lexical level and at syntactic level.
On a lexical level, same word can have different meaning. The specific meaning of a word depends on the context. However, machine fails to translate it properly according to the context. For example, tear means the “byproduct of crying” and “rip” as well
On a syntactic level, same sentence can mean differently as being illustrated in the following example,
Flying plane can be dangerous.
In the google translation, we could see the translated result is
飞行的飞机可能是危险的。(A plane that is flying can be dangerous.)
Indeed, this sentence can also mean
开飞机可能是危险的。（It can be dangerous to drive a plane.）
Once more complex sentences are put into the machine or google, it can even cause more serious mistranslation.
Mistranslation can cause minor cost to deadly cost, but they can be avoided by professional translators. We hope you will take this into consideration when planning your entry into a foreign market.
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