Hands up if you’ve ever used Google Translate? Well me too! I’m guessing we’ve all used it at some point whilst surfing the net, but for what purpose? For me it’s mainly when shopping on Japanese or Korean eCommerce sites, or reading blogs and articles from overseas for work. The reason I click on that little pop-up when it appears in the right-hand corner of my screen? To get the gist of what it is I’m quickly skimming over. For online shopping sites it’s usually to double check that the store ships to the UK and that the delivery charges aren’t extortionate. Unfortunately, more and more businesses are relying on Google’s open-source translation solution, or other Machine Translation systems, to translate the international versions of their website, which can be a dangerous decision to make!
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Antonia Tsaknaki: she lives and works in Thessaloniki as an English teacher, translator, exams coach, proofreader. Her hobbies are literature, theater and linguistics. She is obsessed with commas and detests greeklish, since it upsets both languages and cause her eyes great pain!