Converting translated file into TM
Thread poster: ziyad mahdy
ziyad mahdy
Local time: 11:13
English to Hebrew
Apr 6, 2015


I've translated a big project with Excel 2013, from English into Arabic in separate columns/rows. Now I'm starting to use Trados 2011 and I want to upload this project as a TM for further use. A friend told me I have to insert segment by segment, as if it's a new project in Trados, but this is gonna take long time. Anybody can help please?

Another question please, is there a Free source for TMs? Where I can upload mine or download others.


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Roy Oestensen  Identity Verified
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May be easiest to import it into a Multiterm file Apr 6, 2015

I believe it is possible to import an Excel file as a translation memory, but it seems Multiterm makes it easier. I don't have Studio 2011, but 2014 has a Multiterm Convert application, which makes it possible to import Excel into an existing MT. It then may be you can export the MT as an xmt file that can be imported into a translation memory.

And by the way, most of the time you would have to create your own TMs, at least if it's not the major language combinations like between English and German or French.

[Edited at 2015-04-06 16:20 GMT]

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Multiterm may not... Apr 6, 2015

... really be the way to go. You have a few ways to tackle this. The easiest by far is to use the Glossary Converter from the OpenExchange as this is a simple drag and drop of the Excel file and convert directly to TMX.

Another way is to save two files. Hide the English in one and hide the arabic in the other, then align the files. You have Studio 2011 so have WinAlign installed with Studio which will do the job easily enough.

One other is to save the file as a tab delimited or a csv, and then open this in Studio. This can be set up to recognise the source as one column and the target as the other. Then add a TM and update the entire file into the TM in one go; or alternatively import the SDLXLIFF into your TM.

But my money would be on the Glossary Converter... very simple method to create a TMX from your spreadsheet.


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ziyad mahdy
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Thanks, it helps Apr 7, 2015

Thank you So Much, this really helps.

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