In translating, consistency is one of the keys to avoiding miscommunication. After all, what could be better than finding all the right words to express yourself? When using a translating tool, words differ depending on the context of the sentence. This is a difficult case for slow readers, and for those who are translating to a language that has a strict sense of formality.
It becomes increasingly difficult to be uniform with the choice of words as the sentence gets longer, for example in legal documents, technical manuals, or even company brochures. This is where the DeepL’s Glossary comes in. Launched in 2017, the DeepL translator is a small yet amazing tool, and this year, they revealed their new feature: Glossary.
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Being understood one word at a time
The Glossary keeps track of how you would want your words to be translated. It saves the preferences and application of the user, saving time while ensuring consistency. Users just need to click on the translated text and choose the ideal formulation to save the word in the Glossary. Alternatively, the user can manually input the preferred word formulation by clicking on “Customization”.
The Glossary allows for complete authority over the Customization feature, which could be turned on or off, and affect the rules that bound the translator. Currently, DeepL can accept Glossary pair entries for nouns, adjectives, pronouns, verbs, adverbs, and multi-word blends.
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The DeepL Translator changes to accommodate the user’s choice of words by shifting the grammar. This feature is currently available for the following language translations: English to French, English to German, French to English, and German to English. Additional language combinations will be made available soon.
DeepL Translator’s Glossary is available for both free and paid users. For free users, they get to input and create only a limited number of Glossary pairs. Meanwhile, DeepL Pro subscribers can create as many pairs as they want.