Translating Documents Online, An Experiment

One thing that I do fairly often is translate documents on the internet. I normally use Babelfish and usually I am translating Spanish and Portuguese. I do have enough of a working knowledge of both languages that I can muddle through press releases without help. But it saves time and prevents possible human error if I have the translator do most of the heavy lifting and then zero in on the important parts with my own analysis. I did recently translate some documents in Dutch and German in Google and noticed that they were better than some human translations I have seen in those languages. (Dutch and German do seem more straight forward than Romance languages.) Anyway, I decided to do a side by side comparison. I am using a Braskem press release issued earlier this week on an accident at one of its plants. I figured I would share the result because businesspeople, scientists, and curious people of all kinds are using translation services more and more. Braskem’s original Portuguese: Em continuidade aos comunicados divulgados anteriormente, a Braskem esclarece que sua unidade de Cloro Soda de Alagoas permanece inativa por decisão da companhia e nenhum outro vazamento foi detectado desde o primeiro evento. A Braskem prossegue com o trabalho de identificação das causas dos eventos e está colaborando com as autoridades e órgãos competentes no esclarecimento dos fatos. Cinco trabalhadores da Mills, atingidos no início da manhã de hoje pelo rompimento de uma tubulação quando preparavam uma inspeção para identificação das causas do primeiro evento, receberam atendimento médico no Hospital Geral do Estado. Um deles foi liberado ainda pela manhã e os demais continuam sob cuidados médicos. Here’s Braskem’s translation: Complementing the notices to the market published previously, Braskem clarifies that its Chlor-Alkali in Alagoas will remain inactive by decision of the company and that no other leak has been detected since the initial event. Braskem continues to work to identify the causes of the event and is collaborating with the applicable authorities and agencies to clarify the events. Five workers from Mills, who were injured early this morning by the rupturing of a pipe as they were conducting an inspection to identify the causes of the initial event, received medical care at the State General Hospital. One of the workers was released this morning and the other workers remain under the care of physicians. Babelfish: In continuity to the divulged official notices previously, the Braskem clarifies that its unit of Chlorine Soda water of Alagoas remains inactive for decision of the company and none another emptying was detected since the first event. The Braskem continues with the...

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