Tag Archive: French

Feb 27

How to avoid common mistakes in translation

Poor translations undermine your credibility Do not expect a machine translation to produce a translation that is clear and true to the original. You always need a native speaker of the target language to check the translation.  Machine translation can be a useful tool, especially when you want to translate from a foreign language to …

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Mar 22

Lessons in translation: make sure you are true to the original text

This brass plaque in an excellent example of a poor translation. I was soaking in the atmosphere of the medieval castle at Boulogne-sur-Mer in France, when this pair of brass plaques caught my attention. I was perplexed at how a simple but elegant plaque in French had been so poorly translated in the English version. …

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