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Thread poster: Fahim Hoosen

Fahim Hoosen  Identity Verified
South Africa
Local time: 02:09
Arabic to English
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Apr 21, 2014


I have never used TM software before so please forgive my ignorance.

I recently downloaded SDL Trados Studio 2014 and am currently trying it out for Arabic to English translation. My problem is that when it brings the Arabic document (from Word) into the Editor it breaks down the source into these blocks of text of about 2-3 lines each. The problem with this is that the TM will only display a match if the exact same 2-3 lines are repeated in the document which rarely happens.

What is repeated is a few terminologies (1-2 words) or phrases (4-6 words)

Is there any way to solve this or is this how TM software works?



Emma Goldsmith  Identity Verified
Local time: 02:09
Member (2010)
Spanish to English
Patience and concordance Apr 21, 2014

As your translation memory (TM) is new, it won't give you many matches. That happens over time (I'm talking about months or years). So you need to be patient.

In the meantime, if you think you've translated part of a block of text (segment) before, then highlight those words in the source text, click F3 and see if Studio will find a partial match within a segment (this is the concordance feature).

I do recommend reading up as much as you can to make good use of your new software. The "Getting Started" tab in the Welcome view is a good place to start.



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