International Business: Google Translate has great uses, disastrous misuses

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  • Kahei Nottingham, UK
    May 11, 2011 9:00 a.m.

    Exactly, we have done an analysis on Google Chinese MT too.

  • Adam Wooten Pleasant Grove, UT
    April 22, 2011 10:32 a.m.

    Emophiliac, thank you. That is a good example of a relatively low-risk use for machine translation. I'm glad it worked out for you.

    Another alternative for a situation like that would be over-the-phone interpretation, which is smoother, but not free. Phone interpretation could be more crucial for a higher-value tour reservation (for a large group) in a language you did not know at all.

  • Emophiliac Vernal, UT
    April 22, 2011 8:21 a.m.

    All I know is, having a translator program handy helped quite a bit in Mexico last month, when I needed to make a tour arrangement between myself (with limited Spanish skills) and a tour company (with limited English skills). A few back and forths with the translator allowed me to arrange a trip in a matter of minutes, when the alternative would have been fumbling with a dictionary and probably coming up with something as unintelligible. Probably the key is having feedback.