Spanish for Professional Purposes...

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Study on Dangers of Computer Translations

HealthDay reporter Dennis Thompson has written an article about the dangers of computer translations of instructions for use of prescription drugs.

This is an excellent example for students studying Spanish for the Professions--it highlights the need for bilingual and bicultural professionals and warns of the dangers of short cuts.

The examples of bad computer translations in the article include one problem made famous by an episode of the tv show "ER": the English "once" and the Spanish "once" could create huge problems on a prescription bottle since taking something once a day (in English) is completely different than eleven times a day (in Spanish)!

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