Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 5th Feb 2018 23:04 UTC, submitted by Morgan

Such a development would cause a soul-shattering upheaval in my mental life. Although I fully understand the fascination of trying to get machines to translate well, I am not in the least eager to see human translators replaced by inanimate machines. Indeed, the idea frightens and revolts me. To my mind, translation is an incredibly subtle art that draws constantly on one's many years of experience in life, and on one's creative imagination. If, some "fine" day, human translators were to become relics of the past, my respect for the human mind would be profoundly shaken, and the shock would leave me reeling with terrible confusion and immense, permanent sadness.

As a translator myself, I can indeed confirm Google Translate is complete and utter garbage, but the idea that I would "mourn" the end of translators seems outlandish to me. The unstoppable march of technology has eliminated countless jobs over the course of human existence, and if translators are next, I don't see any reason to mourn the end of my occupation. Of course, it'd suck for me personally, but that's about it.

That being said, I'm not afraid of running out of work any time soon. Google Translate's results are pretty terrible, and they only seem to be getting worse for me, instead of getting better. There's no doubt in my mind that machine translation will eventually get good enough, but I think it'll take at least another 20 years, if not more, to get there.

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There is better...
by Trenien on Tue 6th Feb 2018 15:42 UTC
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GT is quite trash, but some are better. Case in point:
They're a department of linguee and use their vast linguistic database. It's far (very far) from perfect, but from what I can tell (i.e. when I can translate myself) it is much better than GT.

I'm now waiting for it to integrate other languages I can't speak and I'm interested in.

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RE: There is better...
by nicholasj on Thu 8th Feb 2018 17:19 in reply to "There is better..."
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In Deepl's translation of La Marseillaise:

Aux armes, citoyens,
Formez vos bataillons,
Marchons, marchons!
Qu'un sang impur
Abreuve nos sillons!


Guns, citizens,
Train your battalions,
Let's walk, let's walk!
That impure blood
Show us our furrows!

"Let's Walk, let's walk!" is priceless. Not exactly martially motivating. And the less said about furrows the better.

Wikipedia has that stanza as:

To arms, citizens,
Form your battalions,
Let's march, let's march!
Let an impure blood
Soak our fields!

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