How do you change the language pair in Wordfast Pro?
Thread poster: mportal

mportal  Identity Verified
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Feb 3, 2015

I need to translate 3 files in Wordfast Pro 3 (demo version) but I made a mistake when setting the language pair because the suggested pair was English to French (and I need it to be French to English). Now it comes up with 'English' above the French (source) text and 'French' above the boxes for the English translation.
How can I change this?
(Sorry if it's a stupid question - I've never used Wf before).

I am using Office 2013 Home and Student and Windows 8 (if you need to know that).


 

Dominique Pivard  Identity Verified
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Create a FR > EN project Feb 3, 2015

If you want to translate from French into English, you first need to create a project with French as source and English as target:

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Once you have done that, any source document you open will inherit the correct languages: your French segments will be in the left column and you will have an empty column on the right for your English translations.

You may want to go through this tutorial.


 

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Now my translation is there but the source language has disappeared Feb 4, 2015

Thank you very much, Dominique, your advice was very helpful, as was the tutorial, but unfortunately I didn't watch that until after I had done the translation (one file). That came out as a Word file, not TXML as the client wants, and the SL disappeared when I saved it. Is there any way I can make the SL re-appear, or will I have to start again? Also, I uploaded a TM but didn't activate it, so I assume there is no TM with the segments I have translated. Is there any way that you can establish this afterwards, and, if possible, also check the TM I was given?
Probably not.
I think I installed Wordfast pro 3 incorrectly, as well. I put it in 'Program Files', so now if I want to save a file in Wordfast I get asked if I want to change the program. Does that mean I'll have to delete Wordfast Pro and start again (download it again), or can I just slide it across to Downloads or some other location?
Lastly, it asked where I wanted it to be located, so I put that it should be in Office. Does that mean that now I can only work in Word, or will it change to TXML when I activate the TM?
Kind regards
Margaret


 

Dominique Pivard  Identity Verified
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TXML should be there! Feb 4, 2015

mportal wrote:
I didn't watch that until after I had done the translation (one file). That came out as a Word file, not TXML as the client wants, and the SL disappeared when I saved it.

When you translate any supported file with WFP, WFP always creates a TXML, as soon as you do File > Save. That TXML is in the same folder as the source document that was opened in WFP. If your source document was document.docx, you should have document.docx.txml in the same folder.

If this is not the case, you may have not saved your file (TXML) at all. File > Save is not the same as File > Save Translated File. The former is for the TXML (bilingual file), the latter for the final target file (translation, ie. monolingual).

If there is no TXML in the folder, just start over again (will be very fast, since everything is in the TM), but make sure you do File > Save at the end. Then you will have the translated TXML requested by your client.


 


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