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Why Being a Native Speaker of the Target Language is so important for the Translator?

Translation services are best achieved when the recipient of the message understands precisely what was intended by the sender of the message. However there is tremendous room for confusion in and amongst this seemingly simple process. The art of translation is one that requires an in-depth understanding of communication, language, culture and idiosyncrasies. Most everyone has at some time or another received an erroneous message. The reasons for this are varied and can be attributed to listening and not hearing, catching the tail-end of a vital piece of information, a broken message, or any number of other possibilities.

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The mother tongue advantage in translation

What is mother tongue?

Although the term mother tongue is very commonly used in general parlance, it has been variously defined with different connotations ever since its first appearance around 14th century in literature. A common dictionary definition of mother tongue would be: a parent language; one’s native language; the first language learned by a child and in which it can express fully and identifies with; the language learned by children and passed from one generation to the next, etc. In the translation industry, persons fluent in mother tongue or the native tongue are generally considered to have an edge over … Continue Reading