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Here is a real example of the difference that online vs. professional translation can make. We chose a sentence at random and tested it by entering it into five of the most commonly used online translation tools. We then shared the resulting translation with one of our Chinese translators and asked them to comment on the quality of the translation. See the results below!

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CHINESE

SENTENCE FOR TRANSLATION: “No matter what country you travel to, brushing up on the basics of the local language can be very useful in helping you find your way around.”

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Automated Translation
无论您前往哪个国家,对当地语言的基础知识刷牙可以帮助你找到自己的方式左右非常有用的。 不管你去什么国家,温习一下当地语言的基础知识可以帮助你发现你周围的路非常有用。 无论是哪个国家旅行时,刷牙的基础知识上的本地语言将是非常有益的,帮助您找到您。 不管国家您移动对,掠过在地方语言的基本可以是非常有用在帮助您寻找您的道路。 Language Not Available
Reverse Human Translation
No matter what country you go to, brushing teeth on local language basics is very helpful in finding your way in doing things around. Regardless of what country you go to, reviewing on the basics of the local language can be very useful in helping you discover your direction around you. No matter what country you travel to, the basics of brushing teeth on local language is very helpful. It helps you finding you. Regardless of countries, you move right. Skim through local language basics can be very useful in helping you find your direction. Language Not Available
Our Translator’s Comments
Missing translation for “travel”, “brush up” is translated as “brush teeth” and “find your way around” is translated as “find your way in doing things”. Comprehensible but a bit tongue twisting and misconstrued. Also missing translation for “travel”. Good job on translating “brush up” right though. Comprehensible but a bit tongue twisting and misconstrued. Also missing translation for “travel”. Good job on translating “brush up” right though. “travel to” becomes “move (objects)”, 对 means “right/correct” but not sure where it comes from, “brush up” becomes “skim through” and wrong structure. Language Not Available

 

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