Translation 2 翻訳2

I used to translate PC manuals for general purpose computers

At that time, about 20 years ago, there was some translation software, but neither English to Japanese nor Japanese to English was very accurate.  So I was paid quite well.  Sometimes, I was asked if I knew of any good translation software, but if there was any, I would have lost my job.

Once someone asked me, “I used translation software and it says ‘donkey’ here, do you know why?”  I found out that the name ‘Robert’ was translated to donkey because ‘roba’ is donkey in Japanese.  We couldn’t help but laugh.

Now, in my iPhone, I have an app that can translate about fifty different languages, and I find that it works well.  I don’t need an electronic dictionary any more.