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Poll: How do you feel about post-editing machine translation (PEMT)?
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Nina Khmielnitzky  Identity Verified
Canada
Local time: 21:17
Member (2004)
English to French
I hate it Aug 12

I tried it with a few agencies, and it was (censored). Never more.

 

LIZ LI
China
Local time: 09:17
Member (2008)
French to Chinese
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Curious Aug 12

Teresa Borges wrote:

Let’s start by saying that I don’t enjoy editing or proofreading other’s work as much as enjoy translating and so what I feel about PEMT is tainted from the very beginning.

Totally agreed! Just do NOT like it.

Yet, I was extremely curious about how far the "M" can go before my first assignment of PEMT. So it went like:
1st attempt: Still curious but trying to find the logic,
2nd: Not that interesting and just retranslating instead of proofreading,
3rd: Glad to find out that I will NOT be replaced for 5+ years at least.

But then an online CAT of a LSP listed in global top 10 surprised me lately. I was assigned to a translation job... and it then became a PEMT job as their "M" translated it quiet nicely with not so much to retouch. And it's a small text in social science! From a roman language to Asian characters!!!

I still don't believe this, so I am trying to get a 2nd job from this same agency to see what will turn out next time. And I do hope our colleagues working in language pairs like Japanese, Korean, Arab... to share opinions of their experiences.


 

Patrice  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 18:17
Member
French to English
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Other Aug 12

In theory, PEMT should take some of the drudgery out of routine translation and free humans up to touch up the translations for style and so forth.

I took a couple of PEMT assignments a few years back and they were painful and very time-consuming. I have not accepted such assignments since.

I think the secret is in the prep. If a good terminology base is provided, PEMT might be okay, especially for assignments like catalogues and very technical documents.

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In theory, PEMT should take some of the drudgery out of routine translation and free humans up to touch up the translations for style and so forth.

I took a couple of PEMT assignments a few years back and they were painful and very time-consuming. I have not accepted such assignments since.

I think the secret is in the prep. If a good terminology base is provided, PEMT might be okay, especially for assignments like catalogues and very technical documents.

I think, at this point, it is still necessary to employ a translator to do the necessary prep.
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Eric Lu
China
Local time: 09:17
New user
English to Chinese
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Inevitable Aug 13

“Post-editing is possibly the oldest form of human-machine cooperation for translation, having been a common practice for just about as long as operational machine translation systems have existed. ” Many translators including me seem not to like it much, but obviously MT is getting better and better and the clients would love to reduce costs, so it' s an inevitable trend.

Mario Freitas
 
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