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1 Financial Translation Blog A dose of skepticism to guard against localization hype, courtesy of Miguel Llorens, a Spanish-English financial translator Quotes from the blog and tweets of Miguel Llorens

2 Financial Translation Blog A dose of skepticism to guard against localization hype, courtesy of Miguel Llorens, a Spanish-English financial translator You know one of my bugbears (or perhaps hobby horses) is the Content Tsunami. It is the main pillar of the flimsy business case for Low Quality Translation.

3 Financial Translation Blog A dose of skepticism to guard against localization hype, courtesy of Miguel Llorens, a Spanish-English financial translator The main question archeologists of the future will have about our civilization: "Why did they have so many goddamned headphones?"

4 Financial Translation Blog A dose of skepticism to guard against localization hype, courtesy of Miguel Llorens, a Spanish-English financial translator A reader calls me a "conservative when it comes to the translation business" because of criticism of MT and crowdsourcing. I suppose I am a conservative if innovation means producing shitty work.

5 Financial Translation Blog A dose of skepticism to guard against localization hype, courtesy of Miguel Llorens, a Spanish-English financial translator I imagine that if you opened the average freelance translator's anxiety closet, you would find a rogue's gallery featuring crowdsourcing, machine translation (MT), pressure on rates from the larger agencies, outsourcing to lower-wage markets, the industry's knock-off cyberevangelists and just plain dismal news about the world economy.

6 Financial Translation Blog A dose of skepticism to guard against localization hype, courtesy of Miguel Llorens, a Spanish-English financial translator Is English changing faster because of the Internet? In a word, uh, no

7 Financial Translation Blog A dose of skepticism to guard against localization hype, courtesy of Miguel Llorens, a Spanish-English financial translator

8 Financial Translation Blog A dose of skepticism to guard against localization hype, courtesy of Miguel Llorens, a Spanish-English financial translator Allegedly, we are facing a case in which demand for a service has expanded fantastically but the price per unit of that service has dropped.

9 Financial Translation Blog A dose of skepticism to guard against localization hype, courtesy of Miguel Llorens, a Spanish-English financial translator Google Books asks me for my location. That's endearing. Oh, don't be coy, Google. You know I know you know where I am 24 hours a day.

10 Financial Translation Blog A dose of skepticism to guard against localization hype, courtesy of Miguel Llorens, a Spanish-English financial translator Ok. I am a translator. Power is why I got into this game (not the sex... not the money...).

11 Financial Translation Blog A dose of skepticism to guard against localization hype, courtesy of Miguel Llorens, a Spanish-English financial translator When we push back the curtains, however, we find a huge hamster wheel powered by thousands of underpaid and underqualified translators post-editing stuff the agency downloaded from Google Translate.

12 Financial Translation Blog A dose of skepticism to guard against localization hype, courtesy of Miguel Llorens, a Spanish-English financial translator "With MT, it almost feels as if the wheel is moving by itself!"

13 Financial Translation Blog A dose of skepticism to guard against localization hype, courtesy of Miguel Llorens, a Spanish-English financial translator To say that lower cost of post-editing (since that is the proper name for the activity, not machine translation) is driving down the cost of translation is tantamount to claiming that the invention and massive adoption of frozen dinners in the United States of the 1960s drove down the average salaries of chefs in Paris during the same decade.

14 Financial Translation Blog A dose of skepticism to guard against localization hype, courtesy of Miguel Llorens, a Spanish-English financial translator “If we’re designing a machine translation tool, wouldn’t it be hypocritical to use a human editor to translate the output in our Help files spit out by that very MT tool?” Well, not if you want your users to actually embrace the tool.

15 Financial Translation Blog A dose of skepticism to guard against localization hype, courtesy of Miguel Llorens, a Spanish-English financial translator The main question archeologists of the future will have about our civilization: "Why did they have so many goddamned headphones?"

16 Financial Translation Blog A dose of skepticism to guard against localization hype, courtesy of Miguel Llorens, a Spanish-English financial translator McLocalization: – The Answer to a Question Nobody Asked

17 Financial Translation Blog A dose of skepticism to guard against localization hype, courtesy of Miguel Llorens, a Spanish-English financial translator Language Technology Isn’t Getting Better, Our Expectations Are Just Getting Lower

18 Financial Translation Blog A dose of skepticism to guard against localization hype, courtesy of Miguel Llorens, a Spanish-English financial translator My God, all these vacationing bankers returned to work today and they want me to translate the equivalent of the Baghavad Gita in two hours.

19 Financial Translation Blog A dose of skepticism to guard against localization hype, courtesy of Miguel Llorens, a Spanish-English financial translator How ridiculously easy is it to feed crap data to Google Translate and mess up its output? From the looks of it: pretty easy. Score one for crowdsourcing, I guess.

20 Financial Translation Blog A dose of skepticism to guard against localization hype, courtesy of Miguel Llorens, a Spanish-English financial translator Alas! Our “Crap Quality” theorist will feel a distinct pang of disappointment. And perhaps an extreme terror, not unlike Jack Nicholson’s wife in The Shining as she inspects her hubby’s literary handiwork. Yes, it is as if the Internet has been maniacally scribbling “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” over and over again

21 Financial Translation Blog A dose of skepticism to guard against localization hype, courtesy of Miguel Llorens, a Spanish-English financial translator Seven Similarities Between the Machine Translation Crowd and a Religious Sect

22 Financial Translation Blog A dose of skepticism to guard against localization hype, courtesy of Miguel Llorens, a Spanish-English financial translator 1.- Both fervently await a significant event that is in the future, but constantly deferred (the Second Coming, the Rapture, alien invasions, the day when machine translation [MT] is actually useful).

23 Financial Translation Blog A dose of skepticism to guard against localization hype, courtesy of Miguel Llorens, a Spanish-English financial translator 2.- Both gather periodically at ritual events to recite incantatory nonsense (covens, black masses, localization conferences).

24 Financial Translation Blog A dose of skepticism to guard against localization hype, courtesy of Miguel Llorens, a Spanish-English financial translator 3.- Both demand that you renounce all your worldly possessions in favor of a fuzzy afterlife no one has ever seen (Heaven, Paradise and the 72 virgins, well-paid post-editing).

25 Financial Translation Blog A dose of skepticism to guard against localization hype, courtesy of Miguel Llorens, a Spanish-English financial translator 4 - Both seek to alienate you from your loved ones and take all your money.

26 Financial Translation Blog A dose of skepticism to guard against localization hype, courtesy of Miguel Llorens, a Spanish-English financial translator 5.- Both solicit funding on the basis of preposterous premises.

27 Financial Translation Blog A dose of skepticism to guard against localization hype, courtesy of Miguel Llorens, a Spanish-English financial translator 6.- Both demand a significant amount of blind faith.

28 Financial Translation Blog A dose of skepticism to guard against localization hype, courtesy of Miguel Llorens, a Spanish-English financial translator 7.- Both have been denounced as farces by Richard Dawkins. (I’m not actually sure about this last one).

29 Financial Translation Blog A dose of skepticism to guard against localization hype, courtesy of Miguel Llorens, a Spanish-English financial translator Ha! Finally did it! I replied to an agency query asking them to "please provide your best rate." #HowYouLikeThemApples?#HowYouLikeThemApples


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