Common myths on translation
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‘To translate, all you need is a good dictionary.‘ = FALSE Translation is a profession. If a good dictionary were enough, bad translations would not be so common. (Think of all those incomprehensible instruction manuals or amusing hotel notices!) ‘Good … Read More

Multilingual discussion forums – the real test of barrier-breaking
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“What we need is one multilingual discussion forum where users can define their profile and only see entries in the languages they can read.” The Commission’s websites focus on satisfying need for information, but they offer some possibilities for active … Read More

EU website multilingualism: what to translate and into which languages?
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The size and complexity of EUROPA would be problematic even if it were monolingual. According to DG COMM figures, EUROPA includes some 6 million documents. Directorates-General are responsible for their own publishing activities, and no percentage is available on the … Read More

European Union’s policy for web translation
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There is no doubt about it: people prefer reading in their own language. The Commission’s Communication DG has repeated many times that the multiplicity of languages presents a real challenge for the creation of what they term a “European public … Read More

Localizing in translating the website content
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The reference group translators occasionally modify the contents of the texts they translate, but this is not done as routinely as adjusting the order of elements or the style and level of details. Among the clearest examples of localisation was … Read More

Localising in translation to match reader attitudes
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“You can only convince Swedes through facts, not words. The web texts should explain what has been achieved, not tell how great we are.” The Swedish and Slovenian translators, in particular, mentioned that they avoided using writing styles that might … Read More

Cultural habits in the localization for the translation of a website
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(Venice, Italy) “The readership of websites is more varied than the readership of legal texts, which makes adopting the most appropriate style a matter of thought.” To the extent that the Internet has its own mode of expression – more … Read More

Localisation as a part of web translation
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LISA, the Localisation Industry Standards Association defines localisation as “the process of modifying products or services to account for differences in distinct markets”. Commercially, localisation is typically carried out by retailers of imported products or by software companies to adapting … Read More

How to translate in a way which is credible in the eyes of readers?
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One of the greatest changes the interviewees have experienced on moving from one of DGT’s language departments to web translation is that they feel that the reader is closer to them, and this is a tremendous boost for their motivation … Read More

Workflow of a web translation
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“When translating, you have to check things, find information etc; it is difficult to measure the amount of this work.” There are two major differences in the organisation of the Web Translation Unit as compared to the language departments: first, … Read More

Technical tools for web translation
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Web translators use specialised tools, which typically allow the creation of links. Learning to use them takes time and requires web translators to be computer-literate and willing to learn more. A widely used tool in DGT web translations is SDL … Read More

The style of web translation
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“You don’t have to be a master of prose, but sensitive to that aspect, writing more like a journalist. A web text has to be easily understandable, while a technical Regulation can be more difficult as it is only intended … Read More

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