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Filling up TM with previously translated texts
Thread poster: Evgueni Terekhin

Evgueni Terekhin  Identity Verified
United States
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English to Russian
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Apr 21, 2006

Hi, everyone. I just installed WF two days ago. Is it possible to add up to the existing TM my previously translated files?

I also have another question. My translations are mostly Bible commentaries. Very few repetitions. Do you think it makes any sense to use WF?


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Heinrich Pesch  Identity Verified
Finland
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Yes and no Apr 22, 2006

You can put the old translations into your TM either manually or by an alignment tool. For Wf there is Plustools, from the same author as Wordfast.
But in your case it is of not much use, because there won't be any repetitions. The only advantage would be, that you could use the context search, if you want to look, how you have translated some phrase previously.
But Wordfast helps ergonomically, because you don't have to look anywhere else than the screen when translating, and will help you not to skip any sentence.

Regards
Heinrich


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Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
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Two questions, two answers Apr 22, 2006

Evgueni Terekhin wrote:
Hi, everyone. I just installed WF two days ago. Is it possible to add up to the existing TM my previously translated files?


Yes, if you also have the original texts. Then you could use PlusTools to align the texts. Read all about it in the PlusTools manual (download from same site as Wordfast).

I also have another question. My translations are mostly Bible commentaries. Very few repetitions. Do you think it makes any sense to use WF?


Being able to use fuzzy matching for repetitive text is only one advantage of using translation memory. Another is the fact that you're creating a bilingual reference which can be useful later when you're searching for the translation of a term or a phrase. If you're concerned that using CAT might interfere with the literary nature of your translation, try segmenting by paragraph instead of by sentence.


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