Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Why machine translation doesn't work

And why competent human translators should still be used, as illustrated by this e-mail:

Good time of day. You are disturbed by the charitable company Redd Cross of Slovenia. We have the business offer for you. We can offer to you of earnings, thus your salary will make from 1000$ to 2000$ per one month, at an incomplete working day. Your earnings can be and higher. The more and forces you will give time, the there will be your salary more. If it is interesting to you, you write on the address of e-mail of our agent: he will contact you within 24 hours and will throw off to you all details, and will answer you on all your questions.

Thank you for attention Redd Cross of Slovenia!

Possibly this was done by a human being mechanically using a two-language dictionary, but the problem is the same.

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