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The development of machine translation technology has always been closely related to the development of computer technology, information theory, linguistics, and other disciplines. From early dictionary matching to dictionary-combined expert linguistic knowledge, to corpus-based statistical machine translation, with the improvement of computer computing power and the explosive growth of multi-language information, machine translation technology gradually stepped out of the ivory tower and has started providing real-time and convenient translation services for the ordinary users.

What is Machine Translation?

Machine translation, also known as automatic translation, is the process of converting a natural language (source language) into another natural language (target language) using a computer. It is a branch of computational linguistics and one of the ultimate goals of artificial intelligence, with important scientific research value.

At the same time, machine translation has important practical value. With the globalization of the economy and the rapid development of the Internet, machine translation technology plays an increasingly important role in promoting political, economic and cultural exchanges.

With the universal application of the Internet, the acceleration of the process of world economic integration and the increasing frequency of international social exchanges, the traditional methods of manual operation are far from meeting the rapidly growing demand for translation. People’s demand for machine translation has grown unprecedentedly. Translation has ushered in a new development opportunity. With the emergence and popularity of the Internet, the amount of data has surged and statistical methods have been fully applied. Internet companies have set up machine translation research groups to develop machine translation systems based on the Internet such as “Baidu translation”, “Google translation” and so on. In recent years, with the progress of deep learning, the further development of machine translation technology has promoted the rapid improvement of translation quality, and the translation of spoken and written language is more authentic and smooth.

Errors are inevitable in Machine Translations

Many people have the wrong conception of machine translation. They think that machine translation is too biased to help people solve problems. In fact, the error is inevitable. The reason is that machine translation uses linguistic principles, the machine automatically recognizes the grammar, calls the stored lexicon, and automatically performs the corresponding translation. However, due to changes in grammar, lexical, syntax, or irregularities, it is inevitable that errors will occur.  After all, because of the changes in its lexical, grammatical, and syntactical contexts, and the change of its context, the meanings of content in different languages will differ.

Limitations of Machine Translation

In fact, no matter which method, the biggest factor affecting the development of machine translation is the quality of the translation. Judging from the achievements, the quality of machine translation is still far from the ultimate goal.

To improve the quality of translation of machine translation, the first thing to solve is the problem of language itself rather than the problem of programming; The machine translation system is definitely unable to improve the quality of the translation of the machine translation. At the same time, human beings have not yet understood how the brain performs fuzzy recognition and logical judgment of language, it is impossible for machine translation to achieve the degree of “faith, expressiveness, and elegance”. This view is probably the limitation of machine translation that restricts the quality of the translation. It is worth mentioning that the American inventor and futurist Ray Cozwell predicted in an interview with the Huffington Post that the quality of machine translation will reach the level of human translation by 2029. There is still much controversy in the academic world about this assertion.

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In any case, this is currently the most promising period for machine translation. This concern is based on an objective understanding and rational thinking. We also have reason to believe that with the joint efforts of computer experts, linguists, psychologists, logicians and mathematicians, the limitations of machine translation will be solved.

List of translation agencies in Nepal

List of translation translation agencies in Nepal

Nepal, situated in South Asia is between the two giant economies of the word, India, and China. With this geographical advantage, we believe that Nepal can be a business hub and opportunity in southeast Asia.

There are many things that a company should consider before launching a product or service in Nepal. The first and most important thing is language. Language involves research, understanding the law and regulations and becoming familiar with the customs and traditions of Nepal. This is also somehow related to reading the mind of people, who are ultimately going to be the consumers of that company. So, the company should find a trusted translation agency to translate all its material into Nepali. Not all companies can understand the importance of translation in business but the translation agencies can cater to the language needs of companies according to the requirements.

Whether you are a new startup or a multinational company looking to explore the market in Nepal, you have to use a professional translation agency to translate or localize your materials into Nepali.

List of translation agencies in Nepal

Here is a list of translation agencies in Nepal that can provide you with professional translation service experience.

1. Bhasa Nepal

Bhasa Nepal is probably the first registered language translation company of Nepal. It is especially proficient in the translations of South Asian languages, with native command over English Nepali, Bengali, and Hindi translation. It also provides translation and interpretation services into almost all the languages spoken in the present day all over the world.

Address: Kirtipur, Kathmandu, Nepal

Phone Number: +9779841196811



2. Rupantar

Rupantar Net Solutions (P) Ltd. is a customer-focused Nepal based Translation & Localization company, led by the highly experienced and enthusiastic team members. It is one of the leading service providers of Translation & Localization services in English – Nepali language pairs.

Address: Anamnagar, Kathmandu, Nepal
Phone: +977-9851145157

Alliance Française de Katmandou

The translation department of the Alliance Française de Katmandou translates your written documents from French to Nepali (oral) and English, and from Nepali and English to French. It also offers interpreting services outside the conference situation when simultaneous translation.

Address: Ward number 4, Dhalko Bato, Pulchowk, Lalitpur

Phone: +97715009221/+9779808418422



4. Nepalaya Translation

Nepalaya Translation is one of the established translation agency in Nepal. It has quality translators with proficiency in tackling translation complexities and developing a coherent pattern in unknown terminologies.

Address: New Baneshwor – Kathmandu

Phone: Not Available



5. Square Services

Square Services provide you with professional Nepali interpretation and translation services with a team of native language experts.

Address: Maharajgunj, Kathmandu

Phone: Not Available



6. Media Chautari

Media Chautari offers translation services from Nepali to English and English to Nepali. It can assist you in certifying your personal and legal documents through government agencies and the agencies recognized by the government.

Address: Anamnagar, Kathmandu

Phone: +977-1- 5705376



These are the list of translation agencies available in Nepal right now. If you are looking for an Individual English to Nepali Translator, I also provide Nepali Translation on a freelance basis.

If you are interested in becoming a translator, Here is an article on How to work as a translator?

If you want to add your translation agency to the list, please feel free to contact me.

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