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Aug 14

The Risks of Machine Translations in Education and Why You Should Adopt a Human-in-the-Loop Approach

The Risks of Relying Solely on Machine Translation in Education: Why You Should Adopt a Human-in-the-Loop Approach

Technology has come a long way, allowing us to translate with the click of a button. However, the education industry needs to be careful about relying solely on machine translation. Here are five compelling reasons why we should integrate human expertise:

1. Loss of Nuance and Cultural Sensitivity: Language is more than just words; it carries cultural and emotional value. Without cultural understanding, machines may translate phrases verbatim, leading to confusion or offense. Take the phrase "break a leg." In the English-speaking world, this idiom is a way to wish someone luck. But a machine, devoid of cultural understanding, might translate this phrase verbatim, leading to potential confusion or even offense in another language. With a human-in-the-loop approach, we can find the phrases that carry the same meaning or ways around literal translation to ensure the message truly resonates and prevent any potential confusion.

2. Technical and Subject-Specific Errors: Education covers a wide range of subjects, each with its own terminology. In a biology class, the term "cell" signifies the basic building block of life. Yet, in another context, "cell" could denote a small compartment or room, or a type of phone. Machines, often lacking contextual awareness, can falter here. When a human is involved in the process, they can make note of incorrect use of words and find the proper terminology, ensuring the message is accurate and understood across all languages.

3. Ambiguity and Multiple Meanings: Language is versatile, but this can pose challenges in translation. Consider the word "lead." It can denote the metal, symbolize leadership, or describe the act of guiding. A machine, working algorithmically, might stumble in discerning the correct context. However, a human translator, with their innate ability to interpret context and nuance, can seamlessly navigate such linguistic intricacies.

4. Loss of Original Intent and Tone: Literature carries emotions and messages beyond the literal translation. A machine might nail the literal translation but can miss the deeper essence, the raw emotion, or the fine nuances the author wove in. Thanks to the profound understanding of human translators, they can encapsulate and communicate the genuine essence, helping students to interact with content that stirs and stimulates.

5. Potential for Miscommunication in Assessments: Assessments are one of the key metrics in education, and it plays a major role in shaping students' futures and charting their academic journeys. Imagine the ramifications of a machine-translated exam where a question, lost in translation, sows confusion. Such missteps could lead to unfair evaluations, casting doubts on students' abilities. By weaving in human oversight, we can ensure clarity, fairness, and an accurate reflection of students' knowledge and competencies.

Bridging Tech and Touch and The Need for Human Insight in Machine Translation

Machine translation has made remarkable strides, and its achievements are commendable. However, the complex nature of language, particularly in education, requires the nuanced understanding only humans can provide. By integrating human expertise into the process, we can meld the best of technology and human intuition, ensuring students receive a superior learning experience that transcends language boundaries.

The Akorbi Approach to Translations
At Akorbi, we recognize the unparalleled value of the human touch in the realm of machine translation. We proudly champion the human-in-the-loop approach, ensuring that every translation not only meets technical precision but also resonates with cultural and contextual accuracy. With a comprehensive suite of services tailored to meet diverse linguistic needs, we are committed to delivering excellence in every project. Contact us today to see how we can help you with your language needs.

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