Tapping into Machine Translation

April 29, 2021 Machine Translation

Machine translation technology increases productivity and can help you reach a global audience faster than ever before. Here’s how.

What is machine translation?

Machine translation (MT) is an automated translation produced by specialist computer software. Although it once had a poor reputation, advances in machine learning and language technology mean that MT software is becoming more sophisticated by the day.

Delivering high-quality output that requires minimal editing from human translators, MT now plays a key role in the translation process. This is the fastest way to translate high-volume projects, and when combined with post-editing, it can deliver outstanding results at minimum cost.

These technological advances in computational linguistics help us meet the increasing demand for translation, which is being driven by growing economic globalisation. There are now four main types of machine translation to choose from:

  • Statistical machine translation (SMT)
  • Rule-based machine translation
  • Hybrid machine translation
  • Neural machine translation (NMT)

MT engines can be trained to translate across any language pair and specialisation, using either statistical data analysis or neural networks. The latter, known as neural machine translation (NMT), produces the highest quality of results in multiple target languages and is currently the most popular solution.

At Intertranslations, we have integrated advanced NMT solutions within our translation services to provide you with high-quality results at a fair cost. By adopting suitable methods and integrating modern workflows, we offer our clients cheaper, faster and more reliable translation solutions.

What are the benefits of machine translation?

1. Increased productivity

MT is an ideal solution for translating high-volume projects, particularly for descriptive texts such as product and service descriptions. These texts produce some of the best MT results in terms of quality, along with customer service guides, user manuals, marketing materials, technical instructions and other technical documents.

2. Faster turnaround times

Speed is one of the main advantages of using MT. Although human translation remains more accurate, MT engines are able to translate large amounts of content instantly. This helps speed up the delivery process greatly.

3. Lower costs

Human translation is a demanding and meticulous process which is reflected in the final cost. Using MT is an efficient way of getting your material translated across multiple languages, while also saving an average of 40–60% in terms of cost.

4. Increased consistency

Using MT does not have to come at the expense of quality. Customised MT engines can be trained to use specific terminology throughout your material, improving accuracy while ensuring consistency. This is particularly important in high-volume projects and harder to achieve when working with multiple human linguists.

Our approach

At Intertranslations, we offer professional machine translation services in all European, Middle Eastern and Asian languages. Drawing on more than 20 years of experience in the translation industry, we combine a team of highly skilled linguists with the latest technological advances. This way, we can offer faster delivery at a reduced cost while ensuring high-quality results.

Our R&D department specialises in NMT engine creation and training. Their work allows us to produce our own Intertranslations MT output, or we can use yours—whichever best serves the needs of your project.

We are always looking for ways to deliver faster turnaround times, enhanced consistency and more affordable translation solutions for our clients. Combining machine translation technology with linguistic expertise, we can help save time and money while still maintaining quality when handling large-volume projects.

Team of experts

Our team is made up of professional translators, engineers and post-editors who systematically evaluate MT outputs. This way, we can make sure we find the best fit for your project.

Custom solutions

Any necessary amendments are made during the post-editing stage. This not only guarantees a fluent and natural-sounding translation, but also helps to improve MT performance. By using feedback from translated projects to train our engines, we continually optimise and improve our MT output.

This also allows us to offer custom solutions, training your bespoke MT engine with your own multilingual material. Over time, this leads to more accurate results that require less editing for a lower price.

For top-tier results, we also offer a choice of light and full post-editing. This combines the speed, cost and consistency of MT with the linguistic expertise of native speakers in your target language. By combining machine learning models with our full and light post-editing services, we deliver fast, high-quality translations at a fair cost every time.

Ready to start your translation project? Reach out to our project managers to learn more about our professional machine translation services.

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