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Global Content Strategy by Val Swisher

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Chapter 6. The Translation Memory Dance

The Translation Memory Dance

Ah, translation memory! That fabulous database that makes your translations faster, cheaper, and more consistent. I like the concept of translation memory (TM). If a word or phrase or paragraph has been translated before, so the concept goes, the previous translation pops into place any time you need it again.

Elegant.

Here’s the definition of TM from Venga, a San Francisco–based translation company:

Translation memory (TM) is a database that stores your completed and approved translations so that the translations can be reused for future projects. When a translator uses translation software (called

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