Improvements in technology notwithstanding, machine translation is still the equivalent of painting a wall by throwing a bucket of primer against it.
At the same time, I’m well aware that companies are under constant pressure to keep costs to a minimum.
Which is why, as a flexible translation partner, I offer my customers a “fit for purpose” machine translation service for internal documentation, past correspondence and any other material that might not justify the full cost of being lovingly translated by a seasoned professional.
This involves calculating how much time it would take me to turn a machine translation – an unholy hotchpotch of sentences wrenched from different contexts and authors – into an accurate representation of the source text.
It won’t be fit for your customers, but it will be fit for purpose.