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.

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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.

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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.

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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.



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