How to reverse a translation memory?
Thread poster: Mathieu Jacquet

Mathieu Jacquet  Identity Verified
Local time: 00:06
English to French
Jun 23, 2008

Hi all,

I have a FR -> EN TM, and I want it EN -> FR...

I'm using SDL Trados 2007, Word 2003 on Windows XP.

Thanks for your help!



Giles Watson  Identity Verified
Local time: 00:06
Italian to English
Workbench help file Jun 23, 2008

Hi Mathieu,

This is the Trados help file on reversing TMs. You may not have found it because Trados calls the process "inversion".

If you have a bilingual translation memory, you may want to use it in the opposite language direction. This is easily done using the Export and Import functions.

Note: The procedure outlined below involves the creation of a new translation memory in Translator’s Workbench and is valid for file-based translation memories only. You cannot create a server-based translation memory in Translator’s Workbench.

To invert a translation memory:

Open the translation memory you want to invert in in exclusive access mode.

Use the Export command on the File menu to export the translation memory to an external text file.

Create a new translation memory using the New command on the File menu. The language direction should be the opposite to that of the exported translation memory. You can also open an existing translation memory in which the language direction is opposite to that of the exported translation memory.

Use the Import command on the File menu to re-import the exported text file created under step 2. Translator's Workbench automatically assigns the translation units in the inverted order. After the import, you have a new translation memory with the opposite language direction.

Happy translating,



Mathieu Jacquet  Identity Verified
Local time: 00:06
English to French
Thank you Jun 23, 2008

Yes, right to the point, I keyboarded "reverse"icon_eek.gif).

Thank you Giles!

And happy translating to you too,



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