What is translation memory

A translation memory (TM) is a database that stores sentences or sentence-like units (headings, titles or elements in a list) that have previously been translated, in order to aid human translators.

A downloaded TM in Excel format. Each row is a pair of TM entry.


How can translation memory help translators

When a translator translates a new segment that is similar to the previously translated segment, computer-assisted translation (CAT) software will automatically show corresponding target segment. The translator can decide whether or not to reuse the translation, or to make some changes.


How translation memory is generated

When you translate, each pair of your source and target segments will be saved automatically to your translation memory database.


How to use translation memory

On the translation page,

- Click on the "Translation Memory icon" ♻️ on the right side to open the TM panel.
- Place your cursor in the text area of the sentence that you want to look up its translation memory. If there is a match, TM will appear in the panel.
- Click on the TM (words in green) that you want to use.
- The TM is pasted into the text area.


TMs are ordered by similarity. TM with the highest similarity will be listed first.
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