Basic Criteria For Selecting High Quality Translation Providers
There are hundreds of languages spoken all over the world and in today’s globalized economy it is crucial to communicate effectively with foreign-based suppliers, customers and business partners. To facilitate this communications process, translation services have sprung up all over the world. But what are the criteria for high quality translation services?
Professional translators deal with a wide range of specialized subject matters. As a result, individual translators need to specialize in a certain field and become highly proficient in their chosen area of specialization. Translators working for a translation business in Calgary, Montreal, Toronto or Vancouver, need to demonstrate an excellent understanding of their chosen subject matter in addition to being linguistic experts in their chosen language combination.
Here is a general guideline of the quality requirements involved in professional translation:
Professional translators are highly educated language professionals who have advanced academic training in languages and/or in a technical subject matter. It takes many years of in depth studies to become truly proficient in translations. Language is a very subjective and complex field, and basic elements of linguistic science such as grammar, punctuation and spelling only form a small part of linguistic competence.
In addition to that, translators must choose a field of specialization that they will work in. The most commonly demanded subject areas are commercial translations (which can include documents in the fields of sales, marketing, accounting, finance, insurance or management), legal translations, technical translations (which cover a very wide range of specialized subject matters including engineering, science and manufacturing), medical translations (which also cover pharmaceutical and biotechnology-related documents) and many more. Again, it takes several years to acquire the specialized subject matter expertise in order to translate competently in one of these specialized subject areas.
Translation is also an art, and to convey a message in the most effective way in another language, a translator must also be highly proficient in creative writing. Professional translators should only translate into their native language since their natural level of proficiency will be highest in their mother tongue.
Stylistics and cultural awareness are additional factors that are crucial in determining a translator’s linguistic capability. Many concepts mean different things or have different connotations in different cultures. It takes a high level of cultural sensitivity and knowledge in order to correctly convey constructs from one language to another. Naturally, stylistic proficiency is also required in creating a natural translation in the target language.
The goal for any translator, whether they are working for a translation business in Calgary, Montreal, Toronto or Vancouver, is to create a document that retains its complete meaning with all its nuances, details and connotations in the foreign language. The audience reading the document should not be able to tell that they are dealing with a translated document; the text should come across as an original document that was created in the target language.
Finding a good translation service in Calgary, Montreal, Toronto or Vancouver involves making sure that the company screens, tests and selects their professional translators very carefully. Translations are a sophisticated service, and business success often depends on proper communication with customers and suppliers in foreign locations. Make sure you select your translation service carefully.
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