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Why most translation companies won’t tell you about translation memory

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Translation memory may sound like a really dull subject but most translation companies won’t even tell you they use it.

Why do they keep it a secret?

Translation memory remembers sections of text which have been translated and, when they appear again in the same document or in later texts, the memory suggests that the previous translation be used. The translator can either accept or reject this based on the context.

Improving translation quality and speed as well as lowering the cost

What this means is that sections of text aren’t translated twice. This has several effects: it means that your translations are more accurate because the translator is using pre-approved text; it means that your translation can be completed in less time and, finally, it means the translation is cheaper because the translator only charges for new work.

The last reason is the one which stops translation companies telling you they use translation memory. Instead of passing on those savings to you, they keep them themselves and improve their profit margin.

We break down the cost and pass on translation memory savings to you.

We don’t do that. All our translation quotes include a breakdown of translation memory benefits. This means you can clearly see how much you’ll save by utilising translation memory. And the best bit is the more you have translated the better the memory gets, so the more you save and the more accurate your translations become. It’s a win-win situation.

To find out more about how translation memory can save you money and improve the quality of your translation, call us on the number below or request an instant translation quote.


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