The 4 most common types of translation (and when to use them)

When you need a text translated, there are generally four ways to have this done:

 

1. Machine translation (MT)

 

Translation through a computer programme (e.g. Google Translate). No human intervention.

Free, virtually instant translation
Bad quality – various errors and unclear or even absurd wording

 

2. Machine translation + human proofreading (PEMT)

 

A proofreader (only on rare occasions a professional translator) corrects the most obvious errors and unclear wordings of machine translation.

Fairly cheap and rapid
Still contains errors and bad wording

 

3. Human translation

 

A qualified and professionally trained translator translates the text.

Fairly accurate, well-worded translation
Costs more and takes longer than PEMT

 

4. Human translation  + revision

 

A second translator carefully checks the translation of the professional translator.

The careful checks allow for the highest quality
Is the most expensive and takes the longest

 

 

In other words, the quality of the translation improves with each method, but so does the costs and duration:

 

 

What method is recommended for your text?

 

I just want to know
what it is about
I want to know
what it says
I want to use the text
professionally
I want to publish
my text

 

Alta Verba only delivers translations via methods 3 and 4, depending on your company’s needs. Method 4 is the only way to guarantee the very best quality that you can publish carefree. The other methods risk damaging your company image. Do not be fooled by the hot air about machine translation, with or without human revision (methods 1 and 2). They only damage your company image.