Have you ever thought: “Why should I hire a specialised translator? Translators just deal with words, don’t they?” Well, not exactly. For example, my field of specialization—financial and economic translation—requires a great degree of understanding. Within the world of finance there are many complex terms and concepts. They require niche expertise, because in essence it […]
Has your translator ever asked you: “Do you have a style guide?” And you wonder: What is a translation style guide? Why do I need it? If you are building an international marketing strategy to expand your customer base, you need to communicate your unique brand identity to connect with potential consumers in new markets. […]
IF TRANSLATORS WERE CAR MECHANICS…, or 4 common questions to ask before buying a translation service.
“Can you repair my car? I need it for tomorrow.” “Can I see it?” “No. Not until you tell me if you can fix it.” “Um…What kind of car is it?” “A blue one.” “I mean the manufacturer and model.” “That’s personal information I don’t want to disclose. When will it be ready?” “Well…what […]
Why should a good translator ask you questions? From very generic ones before the project starts, such as asking you about the purpose and audience of your content, to more technical ones, such as preferred terminology or style, questions are a sign of a professional approach. This is the equivalent of the gathering of requirements […]
I’ll be the first to admit: I have built my industry knowledge and maintained my translation skills in my in-house software development jobs. In other words, I was part of the in-house staff who spoke languages. A lot of translation work landed on my desk. However, in many cases, especially in development and testing […]
And why do translators specialise anyway? These are just words, aren’t they? Well, not exactly. Financial and economic translations require a great degree of understanding. Translators who understand the concepts will be able to translate much more accurately than those who don’t. Within the world of finance there are many complex terms and concepts On […]