Netflix's Hermes Test Scores Subtitlers' English Translations

By: Joey Haar - Mar 31, 2017
References: tests.hermes.nflx.io & engadget
Even seemingly simple phrases in one language can bring untold complications in another, so Netflix Hermes has been created as an attempt to keep content on the massive streaming service as widely accessible as possible. Netflix Hermes is a test developed by Netflix in order to assess the translating capabilities of subtitlers, helping to reduce the (often silly) translating errors that can creep into subtitles.

Netflix offers subtitles for over 20 languages. Since the majority of Netflix's content is in English, Hermes assesses subtitlers ability to understand and effectively translate from English into the language of their choice. To be sure, this isn't as simple as literally translating phrases. Idioms always pose a problem, especially for those unfamiliar with the culture of the show or film. Aside from grammar and comprehension, Hermes tests subtitlers' ability to recognize idioms and find a culturally appropriate match in the translation language.