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Back-Translation. Seriously? Lol!

versailles
Community Guru
Rene K Member Since: Jul 10, 2014
11 of 15

@Nichola L wrote:

 

 
I wonder who will do this job! Lol!


 

Proposals: Less than 5

Last Viewed by Client: 22 hours ago

Interviewing: 3

Invites Sent: 54

Unanswered Invites: 28

Hired: 2

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datasciencewonk
Community Guru
Kat C Member Since: Jul 11, 2016
12 of 15

@Rene K wrote:

Here:

 

"The purpose of our client doing this Back-Translation is to evaluate the quality of the original French(EU) Translation"

 

It's a translation agency. Already explained to them that this is pure nonsense but obviously it exists. I wonder how frequently it happens

 

Any of you ever heard of such thing? People really do quality check by backtranslation? It seems so stupid! 

 

Or did I miss something?


 Whenever I'm about to kvetch regarding the trials and tribulations of being a writer...

 

I read the translator/translation threads.

 

Oy vey.

 

 

elastella
Community Guru
Ela K Member Since: Feb 9, 2015
13 of 15

I was interviewing for a job where an English-speaking editor wanted me to translate German articles written by several German copywriters for a German audience into English so he could evaluate the quality of said copywriters/source files...

 

I offered to edit & evaluate the German files - but they didn't want that.

versailles
Community Guru
Rene K Member Since: Jul 10, 2014
14 of 15

@Ela K wrote:

 

 

I offered to edit & evaluate the German files - but they didn't want that.


OK, then he needs to hire you on a hourly basis for German language lessons. With some serious work and effort, in a couple of years he'll be able to assess the quality of this German content himself.

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wendy_writes
Community Guru
Wendy C Member Since: Aug 24, 2015
15 of 15

+ 2 to Kat's comment ... esp. after reading the ProZ discussion on backtranslation that Nichola shared.

 

My head is spinning.

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