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What is the difference between translation and interpreting?

What is the difference between translation and localization?

What is Internationalization?

What is Globalization?

What is Machine Translation?

What is Translation Memory or CAT?

Do you use translation memory technology?

What is the difference between translation and interpreting?
Translation requires experienced, professional linguists who translate written words in documents (including electronic media such as web pages) from one language to another language.

Intepreting requires experienced, professional interpreters who translate spoken words from one language to another language.    top

What is the difference between translation and localization?
Translation is usually a part of localization or internationalization, and involves taking the ideas and concepts expressed in one language, and expressing them in another.

Localization adds another dimension and focuses on culturally relevant parameters or layout questions when adapting a product or service to a particular language and culture. This includes localizing time zones, date formats, currencies, national holidays, color sensitivities, icons, product or service names, geographic or culturally specific examples, gender issues and other culturally dependent information.    top

What is Internationalization?
Internationalization is the preparation necessary for cost effective localization. It is the process of planning, designing and implementing a "culturally and technically" neutral product, which can easily be localized for a specific culture or cultures.

Internationalization needs to be addressed in the earliest product planning stages and affects all stages of the product lifecycle. Generally speaking, a properly internationalized product is easier to localize than a non-internationalized product.    top

What is Globalization?
Globalization in the broadest sense encompasses internationalization and localization, as well as putting into place the requisite materials, financial, and personnel resources in a global market to support your product or service on a local level.    top

What is Machine Translation?
Also referred to as "automatic translation" or simply translation software. Machine translation software translates text from one natural language into another natural language. MT (Machine Translation) assesses the grammatical structure and syntax of a given language and transfers these parameters from the source language (the language requiring translation) into the target language (the language to be translated into).

Under most circumstances, machine translation cannot replace the work of a human translator, nor is it intended to. Machine translation is best suitable for translation of large volumes of text not for publication, or for a process referred to as 'gisting'. Gisting provides an intelligible rendition of the source text in another language, but is not designed to produce text for publication.    top

What is Translation Memory or CAT?

CAT stands for “Computer-Assisted Translation” and refers to the process of a human translator translating text from one natural language into another with the assistance of a translation tool.

The tool is in essence a sophisticated memory tool which interactively associates a segment from one language with a segment from another language after the human translator has finished translating this segment. Any subsequent occurrence of this exact segment is then automatically presented to the translator during the actual translation process for review, edit or approval.    top

Do you use translation memory?
Viva Translations routinely uses a variety of tools in its workflow processes, including translation memory suites. These tools help improve consistency in localized text, facilitate quality assurance procedures, reduce turnaround times and can offer significant savings across projects. We use only industry-standard tools and formats to avoid proprietary technology.    top

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