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The Benefits of Business Translators

Although many other languages can presently take the claim of being international languages in their own right, English remains an influential and global tongue that spreads its influence across matters like politics, trade and commerce, and entertainment.

Then again, in contrast to what many westerners think, it’s not the world’s most widely spoken language any longer. Chinese, Arabic, French, and Spanish share the throne with English as languages that the majority of the planet understands.

On that note, in the world of commerce, it has become a prerequisite to use business translators—professional translation experts that can do extensive … Continue Reading

Using a Translation Agency or Service

In an industry full of freelance translation services, professional translation agencies, machine and human translation options, and translation directories listing all of these components in one place, a corporation can be forgiven for feeling nonplussed and bewildered as to who to hire and where to go. Finding an efficient and value-addled translation company is always easier said than done, but it still needs to be done anyway because it remains a key business decision in our interconnected world at present.

The need for trustworthy individual translation services or reputable professional translation firms to dole out … Continue Reading

Types of Translation

Because of the dramatic evolution of the professional translation industry, there are currently new terms and words being used to describe translation service specializations that don’t fall under general categories like human translation or machine translation. This article intends to serve as a brief guide of sorts to some of the more common and basic of these recently coined expressions. Here are just some of them:

  • General Translation: The simplest of translation types, a general translation allows a translator quite … Continue Reading

To Be a Good Translator

As a translator who does professional translations for various client documents and other related translation services like speech interpretation and website localization, you must realize that you are a member of the global community, and as such have a responsibility to help solve the world’s communication problems and think about world affairs related to and outside the scope of your line of work.

This credo isn’t limited to diplomat translators or interpreters used by various foreign dignitaries either; anyone providing translation services in industries both political and commercial must realize that their linguistic … Continue Reading

Lost in Asian Translation

Korean, Japanese, Chinese, and Vietnamese embody a considerable part of the American translation industry, particularly the West Coast. Also, despite the high potential of profit in translating those languages for commercial use, many professional translation firms and individual translation services have very little knowledge about Asian languages. Moreover, the complexity of these dialects is also a good reason why human translation is a must when translating anything and machine translation is at best left as an assistance tool.

Asian Languages Prefer Simplicity over Verbosity

Eastern languages usually eschew the linguistic tools that their western … Continue Reading

Human Translation of Video Games

Our world is currently a world of video games. Since the 1990s, video games went through constant innovation. Almost every time, a new game is offered on the block. But marketers see one loop hole that bar video games’ popularity onto going full blast: gamers from all over the world are often ‘lost in translation’.

This is what market observers see as the reason US-made video games cannot solicit absolute patronage in Japan and vice versa, which is also true in other parts of the world. To remedy their dilemma, professional translation came in.

Professional translation offers much … Continue Reading

A Proofreading as Language Service Creates Better Accuracy

One of the main reasons people use online machine translation services is because many of these services are free of charge.  However, although money can be saved by using machine translation, individuals and companies are learning that human translation and a proofreading as language service offer advantages over machine translation.

Human translation saves a buyer time.  By hiring a professional to translate the document, the amount of work on the client’s part is significantly reduced.  For example, in many cases, all a customer has to do is enter or upload the document that needs to be translated and the professional takes … Continue Reading

Professional Translation as a Part-time Career?

Are you thinking about taking on a part-time job? Well, look no further. You can take professional translation as a career and enjoy its many benefits.

Professional translation is an interesting yet very challenging job. The interesting part in getting into this job is that you always get something different every time. Every project is as exciting as the next. You cannot expect the same thing with every document that you will need to translate. The challenging part, meanwhile, comes from the fact that languages from all over the world are entirely different from one another. Each language sets a tone … Continue Reading

Using Google Images to Translate Unknown Words

One important trait of a good translator is being resourceful. As has been said over and over again, translating documents from one language to another is not as simple as juggling the letters of the alphabet. When no direct translation of a word or phrase is available, you will have to resort into finding the best tool that will take you there.

Google Image Search as Translation Tool

Google, with its extensive line of service, has this feature that can help you out in cracking the meaning of words that you can’t find anywhere in the dictionary. Alas, you can use Google … Continue Reading

Back-translation and Accuracy

A competitive marketer knows the price of being misunderstood. That’s why adept translation is a target everyone’s hitting for.

Followers of machine translation, however, do not have any other resort but to rely on the back-translation feature of their device to ensure the accuracy of their documents. To put it simply, back-translation is a technique where the translated document is translated back to its original language. This is to see through any loopholes in the translated document as well as to confirm if the translation is suitable enough.

What Machine Translation Can’t Do

In machine translation, the back-translation technique is done and over … Continue Reading