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Why Google Translate was turning Russia into Mordor

Google had to explain why its translation tool had some not-so-nice things to say.

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This is ironically funny, if you think about it.  You will hear from many translation and localization experts in the tech comm field that while Google Translate is good for a quick translation for your own understanding, it’s not a reliable tool for larger documentation, and this article provides an example of that very instance.  There are better machine translation tools, and there are tools to help writers put language in the best neutral language state possible for machine translation, but it doesn’t take the place of a human translator just yet. Getting close, but I guess that Google Translate isn’t close enough. 


So–be careful! 


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Danielle M. Villegas is a technical communicator who currently employed at Cox Automotive, Inc., and freelances as her own technical communications consultancy, Dair Communications. She has worked at the International Refugee Committee, MetLife, Novo Nordisk, BASF North America, Merck, and Deloitte, with a background in content strategy, web content management, social media, project management, e-learning, and client services. Danielle is best known in the technical communications world for her blog,, which has continued to flourish since it was launched during her graduate studies at NJIT in 2012. She has presented webinars and seminars for Adobe, the Society for Technical Communication (STC), the IEEE ProComm, TCUK (ISTC) and at Drexel University’s eLearning Conference. She has written articles for the STC Intercom, STC Notebook, the Content Rules blog, and The Content Wrangler as well. She is very active in the STC, as a former chapter president for the STC-Philadelphia Metro Chapter, and is currently serving on three STC Board committees. You can learn more about Danielle on LinkedIn at, on Twitter @techcommgeekmom, or through her blog. All content is the owner's opinions, and does not reflect those of her employers past or present.

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