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In works of science fiction like Star Trek or Doctor Who, one of the most commonly but curiously unremarked-upon SFnal aspects of the future or the advanced alien species is the ability to automatically translate any number (sometimes infinite) of languages automatically, using nothing but a small device (or, in the case of Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series, a fish in your ear). It’s not hard to see that even if it rarely takes centre stage, the idea of “automatic translation” is a powerful one that immediately catches the eye (or ear).

The discussion about whether translation services can ever be taken on entirely by computers, with no human involvement, may not be common cocktail party chatter in your neck of the woods, but when you’re like me and almost all of your friends and associates are in the language translation business it’s been a common topic of conversation for several decades now. The cycle is clear: Someone declares that computers will never take over the human role in translation, then there’s a new invention or device or software breakthrough, someone else says that it’s now inevitable that computers will be doing all of our translation work soon enough, then nothing much happens, and someone declares it impossible again, starting the cycle over.

Machine translation like Google Translate became a very popular translation tool.In some cases machine translation can help read and understand the general meaning of a short text.  When it comes to professional translation only human that understands what the text is about can get the job done right.Famous examples (which are already hard-coded in Google Translate) are “The bird flies like a bat” which can be understood in several ways by a machine. Obviously the quality of machine translation is far from acceptable for professional use.

There has been this growing concern for the human translation agency that machines are definitely going to overtake the business. However, the topic remains to be debatable because there are people, who have different opinions. Some feel that professional translation service through machine translation is good because it has the potential to bring the translation agency, which is more than thousands years of age, on the headlines. Still, some feel that the Machine Translation is not very flawless and has its own loopholes.

Some of our customers sent us this really important piece of information published by Google in its official webmaster blog on March 19, 2010:

Machine translation is fast becoming the wave of the future for the translation field thanks to innovations like the Google Transliteration IME. Granted, human translation will probably remain as the dominant translation system thanks to the limitations of our present translation technology and the inimitable capabilities of the human mind, but the sheer handiness of this type of software is still something of note.

Technology has been inevitably remodeling the practice and concept of human translation in many aspects—so much so that machine translation has become an integral part of the professional translation process.

Today translation has turned out to be one of the key tools to have a better understanding of different cultures and in past couple of years has gained its recognition worldwide. However, looking at the present scenario translation service can be broadly categorized into two categories, namely:

Google Translate (GT) is a popular translation service provided by Google to translate a word, a phrase, a section of text or an entire web page into one of 51 languages mentioned below. It can even provides translated search i.e. one can search a particular keyword in a source language in the target language websites for content and have it translated back into source language. The keyword is first translated into the target language and then the search is conducted in that language.

Professional translation agencies and web-based translation service providers have long been jockeying to provide affordable, cost-effective