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THE PROBLEM OF TRANSLATING


When I was teaching English Extra Program in SMA N 1 Bukateja (2008), my students asked me, whether there is a translator device to make translation process become faster.

There are several ways to get fast translation: software, hardware, and system. The example of these ways are Transtool (software), AlfaLink (hardware, digital dictionary), and Google translate (system). Not only from bahasa Indonesia into English or from English into bahasa Indonesia. But, some devices such as digital dictionary can also translate to many, many languages. Yeah, today, digital dictionary and translator software can be found as easy as to use it. But, please note, that the problem in translating a language through software are about accuracy and time consuming. When we try to translate using a software, maybe we get it faster. But, after that you need to check the result’s accuracy related with the context. Sometimes, a word can’t be used if be combined with other words to arrange a sentence. So, finally we need to check word by word, line by line, context and usage of terms, even the completeness of sentence. It’s consuming more time! On the other hands, direct / manual translating through opening dictionary, will make us memorize well about new vocabularies and enrich our vocabularies too. Although, we aren’t prohibited to use technology. Technology made to help us, but don’t trust it too much. Because the technology was made by human and never be perfect.

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