Are you working with foreign buyers?
Let's say that English is difficult for them, so you try to compensate by using one of the many free translation services on the internet.
That free software translation service may not be saying what you intend to communicate.
Of course, you don't speak your buyer's language, so you have no idea what the actual translation conveys to your buyer, and that miscommunication might leave you looking incompetent, or worse.
A Reverse Example of Poor Translation
Let's reverse the situation, and pretend that you are the buyer, and that you're looking at a home on the internet in Holland. The real estate agent's first language is Dutch (Nederlands) and yours is English.
You see this beautiful room on the listing website, with the sun streaming in, and that lovely plank floor.
A visitor to the website has commented "Zeit er smaakvol uit bei jou thuis." You email the agent, asking what this means. The agent, who knows no English, copies the text into the SDL site, clicks the "Translate" button, and sends you this answer:
Well, there you go! Sees there pleasing from with you home! The agent has no idea that this is gibberish, and from your puzzled point of view, you aren't much better off than you were before you asked the question.
The meaning is unclear, and you are left to try to wrest clarity from confusion. It's not easy done, as my Oklahoma ranch friend used to say.
Clicking that "Listen" button won't help either, even if you turn up the volume real loud. What will help somewhat is clicking the Google Translation button there on the right hand side. While SDL is in the business of selling human translation by the word at seven cents each, Google is in the business of telling you what you want to know. Is it any wonder that Google does a better (but still not perfect) job of it?
The problem is that all languages use idiom, where the actual words used have a different meaning in context than what you see on the page or hear when said out loud. Looks tasty out in your home? Probably not. Looks pleasing... is closer to the meaning.
Aren't you glad you stopped by my blog? Tot ziens!
photo courtesy my facebook friend Diana Apie, who speaks Engels better than I do Nederlands
I'm Mike in Tucson, your preferred Tucson Arizona Mortgage Lender.
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