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Re: Google antitrust

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I use both and tend to find that sometimes one is better than the other. Often Google will be slightly more sensible in its word choice/phrasing than deepl. Other times it's the reverse. And lately if deepl finds an English word in something you want translated into English it simply won't do it. Had one the other day; a Russian paragraph that had an English word in it so deepl said English detected and promptly changed the translation to be done to French.
In that case, just specify the original language, rather than leaving it to auto-detect.

Here's a comparison of Google Translate vs DeepL, using a randomly selected extract from some fine German literature as the seed text:

1. Kapitel

Im Elternhaus

Als glückliche Bestimmung gilt es mir heute, daß das Schicksal mir zum Geburtsort gerade Braunau am Inn zuwies. Liegt doch dieses Städtchen an der Grenze jener zwei deutschen Staaten, deren Wiedervereinigung mindestens uns Jüngeren als eine mit allen Mitteln durchzuführende Lebensaufgabe erscheint!

Deutschösterreich muß wieder zurück zum großen deutschen Mutterlande, und zwar nicht aus Gründen irgendwelcher wirtschaftlichen Erwägungen heraus. Nein, nein: Auch wenn diese Vereinigung, wirtschaftlich gedacht, gleichgültig, ja selbst wenn sie schädlich wäre, sie müßte dennoch stattfinden. Gleiches Blut gehört in eingemeinsames Reich. Das deutsche Volk besitzt solange kein moralisches Recht zu kolonialpolitischer Tätigkeit, solange es nicht einmal seine eigenen Söhne in einem gemeinsamen Staat zu fassen vermag. Erst wenn des Reiches Grenze auch den letzten Deutschen umschließt, ohne mehr die Sicherheit seiner Ernährung bieten zu können, ersteht aus der Not des eigenen Volkes das moralische Recht zur Erwerbung fremden Grund und Bodens.


Google Translate:

1st chapter

In the parental home

Today it is a happy destiny for me that fate assigned Braunau am Inn to my birthplace. After all, this little town lies on the border of those two German states whose reunification, at least to us young people, appears to be a life's work to be carried out with all means!

German Austria must return to the great German mother country, and not for reasons of any economic considerations. No, no: even if this union were, from an economic point of view, indifferent, yes even if it were harmful, it would still have to take place. Same blood belongs in a common realm. The German people have no moral right to be active in colonial politics as long as they cannot even bring their own sons into a common state. Only when the border of the empire also encloses the last German, without being able to offer the security of their food any longer, does the moral right to acquire foreign land arise from the plight of one's own people.


DeepL:

Chapter 1

In the parental home

Today, I consider it a lucky destiny that fate has chosen Braunau am Inn as my birthplace. After all, this little town lies on the border of the two German states, whose reunification seems to us younger ones at least, to be a life's work to be carried out by all means!

German Austria must return to the great German motherland, and not for economic reasons. No, no: even if this reunification, economically speaking, were to be indifferent, even if it were harmful, it must nevertheless take place. Equal blood belongs in a common empire. The German people have no moral right to engage in colonial political activity until they are able to bring their own sons into a common state. Only when the Reich's border embraces the last German, without being able to offer the security of his food, does the moral right to acquire foreign land arise from the plight of its own people.


Note the subtle differences. DeepL has a much more natural feel to it, and I find this consistently.
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