Translation is communication
Translation is the communication of meaning from one (source) language into another (target) language. The word translation comes from the Latin “translatio”, meaning “to carry across.” While a word-for-word translation is possible, the results are often uneven and unsatisfactory. Translators often try to find a middle ground between word-for-word translations and paraphrasing that accurately reflects the content, tone, and style of the source text.
Currently of great debate is machine translation, which provides an automated way of translating text. While appropriate for handbooks or texts featuring a great deal of repetition, machine translation often results in disappointing inaccuracy and copy that makes for an unpleasant reading experience.