Unless you have a need for a professional translator, you will probably find that the quality of smart phone assistant translators is good enough and they seem to be getting better all the time. It’s unlikely that they will replace a human translator any time soon when the importance of accuracy is paramount, such as a legal document translation or a medical document translation but for all non-commercial and amateur translation needs their accuracy is sufficient.
Everyone has had the experience of chuckling or being amazed at how just a few words that have not been translated properly have led to quite a different meaning than intended. It’s common when you go on holiday to see unprofessionally translated signs and tourist literature. In fact, some newspapers and magazines make it one of their regular features to display some poor hapless translated sign that is unintelligible or downright funny or just daft.
Languages are not static entities. Words change over time. New words come into vogue, while others fade, sometimes completely and at other times resurface after decades. Spelling is something that also changes with time. These changes are of absolute importance to document translation services as their translators must always be aware of and use the correct forms of spelling and orthography as well as be aware of changes in standard word use.
It happens to everybody at some point. You jabber away in your own language, but the person or people you are talking to think you are a ‘foreigner’ because they don’t recognise your accent. It’s almost as if the term ‘native speaker’ means not just someone who uses their first language i.e. the one they were brought up with, but someone who speaks with a particular accent as well.
Research, development and the manufacturing of medical devices are becoming very important globally. The European Union and the U.S. are currently the largest markets for these types of devices. This doesn’t have to be the case, as there are other countries like Brazil, Australia, Russia, China and India.