The Advantages and Disadvantages of Machine Translation
by Er Translation
In the past when we had to figure out the meaning of a word
from another language, we made use of a dictionary. Not only was
this a very time consuming task but it was kind of irritating
owing to the fact that it was difficult to interpret the meanings.
Moreover, when an entire paragraph or note had to be translated,
this could be very difficult because one word had several meanings.
So what to do? That's where the machine translator came into the picture.
But what exactly is a machine translator?
Since the advent of the 21st century, there have been a lot of
developments and new technologies have been introduced which have
made life more convenient and simple. A machine translator is such
a small yet useful device. Machine translation,
which is also known as Computer Aided Translation, is basically
the use of software programs which have been specifically
designed to translate both verbal and written texts from one
language to another. In the face of rapid globalization, such
services have become invaluable for people and you just cannot
think of any disadvantages of machine translation.
Nevertheless, like everything has its pros and cons, so does
machine translation. Let's go over the advantages of machine
- When time is a crucial factor, machine translation can
save the day. You don't have to spend hours poring over
dictionaries to translate the words. Instead, the software can
translate the content quickly and provide a quality output to
the user in no time at all.
- The next benefit of machine translation is that it is
comparatively cheap. Initially, it might look like a unnecessary
investment but in the long run it is a very small cost considering
the return it provides. This is because if you use the expertise
of a professional translator, he will charge you on a per page
basis which is going to be extremely costly while this will be cheap.
- Confidentiality is another matter which makes
favorable. Giving sensitive data to a translator might be risky
while with machine translation your information is protected.
- A machine translator usually translates text which is in any
language so there is no such major concern while a
specializes in one particular field.
Disadvantages of Machine Translation:
- Accuracy is not offered by the machine translation on a
consistent basis. You can get the gist of the draft or documents
but machine translation
only does word to word translation without comprehending the
information which might have to be corrected manually later on.
- Systematic and formal rules are followed by machine translation
so it cannot concentrate on a context and solve ambiguity and neither
makes use of experience or mental outlook like a human translator can.
These are the primary advantages and disadvantages of using machine
translation for a document regardless of language. They can be weighed
and the right decision can be made depending on the information and
the quality that is required.
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