Archives: January 28, 2019

How would you calculate a repetition in the proposal/invoice?

This question comes up right after explaining what a repetition really is and it is not easily answered.

Technically, once the first occurrence of a repeated segment has been translated and saved to the TM, all other occurrences of this segment will appear as 100% matches to the translator. So, they could be invoiced the same way as 100% matches.

BUT, depending on the type of text you have to translate or the language pair you deal with, this might not be the case. For example, a catalog that is translated into German might deal with “gearboxes”, where in German the singular and plural of this word are identical (Getriebe). This means not all occurrences of this segment (maybe the headings in a table) have to be translated in the same way. Or, taking German as a target language again, one and the same sentence in English can be translated in 3 different ways, depending on the gender of the object you are talking about. Example: Connect the one with the other. (Admittedly, that is not good style in English, but it happens πŸ™‚ ). This sentence could have 3 different translations in German, depending on the gender of the thing you are talking about.


This also brings up the question whether a 100% match can be left unchecked (as many clients seem to think). It is a 100% match after all, so it was there before, it is in the TM, it has been translated and paid for already… The thing is, a 100% match only tells you that the SOURCE segment has appeared before. But it does not mean that the translation is a complete/correct or fits the context. Β That is why translation vendors usually will tell you that even 100% matches should be checked for correctness in context.

Localization Tools – What is a Repetition?

Translation tools are easy enough to get started with, but there are many settings and features that are not so self-explanatory. One of these seems to be the definition for a repetition when doing an analysis of translation documents. When I ask what a repetition is, I get answers ranging from “when words are repeated” to “all sentences that are similar” to “segments that repeat” – where only the last one is partially true.

Here is the definition of a repetition from the tools I have dealt with so far: A repetition is a segment that comes up repeatedly (either inside a document or between documents), which DOES NOT have a 100% match from the TM. This last part is important. If it had a 100% match, it would be counted as such. So if a segment appears 5 times in exactly the same way AND has a 100% match from the TM, it would be counted as 5 100% matches (usually, unless there is a setting to change this type of counting, but that is going too far here πŸ™‚ ).

If it does not have a 100% match, it is counted as a “no match” or “fuzzy match” the first time around. The second time is counted as the first repetition and so forth.