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WordReference Verb Conjugator (Beta)

WordReference Verb Conjugator (Beta)

While looking for an appropriate spanish translation for “information retrieval”, I came across WordReference Verb Conjugator tool. It’s a great tool. It might be an old news but is new to me.

A search for “buscar” and “optimizar” provides all possible conjugations and tenses. The tool also lists terms with similar conjugation models. It is a great tool but keep in mind is still in beta.

Back to my original search, WordReference translates “retrieval” as “recuperación” which means “recovery”.

A more accurate translation is “obtención” since “information recovery” does not necessarily implies “information retrieval”.

Fortunately, WordReference translates correctly “information retrieval” as “obtención de información”.

This example illustrates that literal translations cannot be taken at face value. Now add regionalisms and the picture gets a lot complicated.

To illustrate, “cuero” in different countries and contexts means different things; i.e.
1. leather (USA, as in “leather material”)
2. drums (Cuba, as in “sonando los cueros”)
3. prostitute (Puerto Rico, as in “esa mujer es un cuero”)
4. a compliment (Mexico, as in “que cuero de mujer”)

This is my classic example against using regionalisms when optimizing documents. Incidentally, many translation services powered by humans overlook the problem posed by regionalisms.


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Gemma Houghton

Director of Marketing at Webcertain
Gemma has worked in international search marketing for over 15 years and is Director of Marketing at Webcertain, overseeing all marketing activities for the Group. She also organises and programmes Webcertain’s International Search Summit and International Social Summit, Barcelona-based conferences focusing on international and multilingual digital marketing. Gemma holds a Professional Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing, a Diploma in Management and Leadership from the Chartered Management Institute, and a BA joint honours degree in French and German.

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