I am using a 3rd party translation company called Gengo to translate phrases and am trying to measure their ability to translate a phrase in English to Chinese, where flow and native quality are the most important.

Given the sentence:

Getting information in my own language is more important than the price of the product.

Is this translation of high quality in terms of grammar structure?


  • compare to Google Translate result: "以我自己的語言獲取信息比產品的價格更重要. "there's not much different. Both results seem acceptable but not quite reaching human editor level yet. Why not run a list of phrases of different degree of complexity, so we can compare Gengo and Google more accurately?
    – Tang Ho
    Jan 13 '17 at 20:56
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    I think the original sentence is ambiguous. Interpretation 1: I use my language to communicate, and I get the information (in any language). Interpretation 2: I get the information by any means, and the information is in my language.
    – wks
    Jan 18 '17 at 12:11
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    It depends on who are the readers. The translation company gives you the one more native to Taiwanese rather than Chinese.
    – Lucius Hu
    Feb 13 '17 at 23:29
  • potential confusion .... it may be mistaken as "透過我自己的語言取得資訊, 比透過我自己的語言取得產品的價格還重要."
    – Henry HO
    Feb 14 '17 at 10:06

Talking about grammar, this version is perfectly fine. The problem is the word choice.

As a native speaker, my translation would be "通过母语获取信息比产品价格更重要".

  • potential confusion .... it may be taken as "通过母语获取信息, 比通过母语获取产品价格更重要".
    – Henry HO
    Feb 14 '17 at 10:05

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