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Machine Translation of Einstein's Biography in Japanese
Thread poster: Kiwi_de
Kiwi_de Local time: 08:45 German to Japanese + ...
Aug 1, 2011
Recently, Einstein's biography by Walter Isaacson "Einstein: His Life and Universe" has been published in Japanese in 2 volumes. But readers pointed out as reviews on the website of amazon.co.jp that the translation of the 2nd volume seems to have been done by a machine translation. (I could not find any reviews on this book on amazon and I found only the first volume.) The publisher has called in the second volume.
According to the news, there was the following text as translation in the second volume:"数数千が、訪問代表団と会合するためにユニオン列車車庫に群がった、そして、パレードは200台の酔っぱらっていて旗の包茎の車を含んでいた". That is only an example. The publisher let "科学系某翻訳グループ (a scientific translation group? Maybe there would be another better translation)" translate a part of the second volume. In internet, it was pointed out that one can get the same translation result from the English original text by a machine translation that provides a portal site (maybe google?) as the translation in the second volume.
It is very pity that such a translated book has been published. Clients nowadays want to save money for translation, but I think that to save money is not to keep translation quality.
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