Anymem: User-Friendly Translation Memory Software


Translation Memory Basics

Translation memory (TM) is a database where translations of separate text segments are accumulated. If translator encounters a similar segment to the one which had been translated earlier, translation memory will suggest using this completed translation. Such method is called “computer-assisted translation” (CAT).

Generally, TM software performs the following functions:

  • breaks the text into segments or "translation units" (as a rule, it can be a sentence, more rarely it is a part of compound sentence);
  • determines if some segments match each other, and what type of match it is;
  • searches memory for translators of matching segments and suggests them to translator.


The advantage of using TM is evident when it is used to translate technical texts which often contain a lot of identical or almost identical sentences.