Monthly Archives: October 2009

What is Interpretation?

In my work as a translator, I often hear people, due to an understandable unfamiliarity, tell me that they once again needed an “oral translation”. I then deduce that the concept of “interpretation” is not well-known and that is why people who are not part of this small world of translation tend to be so […]

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Further Thoughts on Localization

Were you perhaps under the impression that localization meant customizing your message (website, documentation, sales material, etc.) to a foreign language-speaking market abroad?  Well, despite the fact that this assumption is generally applicable, it is not entirely true. The reality is that in countries with high levels of diversity, localization may imply adapting your message […]

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Translations for India

India’s market is one of the largest in the world, with over 1 billion people and a growing economy. However, given the scope of its population and its millennia-long history, the demographics cannot be categorized clearly and easily, which is also true for its neighbor China. First, the Constitution establishes that all federal government business, […]

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What is Trados?

When you are looking to pay for a professional translation, the is a good chance you will come up against a magic word: Trados. What exactly are they talking about? It’s actually quite simple: it is a very popular translation software that helps translation clients in a great way. The program creates translation memories of […]

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Last Minute Changes During Translation Projects

Everybody knows that the rhythm of today’s business world means that business leaders often need to send off documentation for translation that will undergo subsequent changes or revisions. Will these people receive translations of documentation that is already obsolete within their company? Not at all—our system of fluid communication with clients and the flexibility of […]

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Language Map of Europe

The map of Europe posted above is an excellent example of why localization is so important. Translators and companies who are looking for translations should not use this as a hard-and-fast, exact representation of where the dividing lines are drawn for the languages of Europe. Instead, take a moment to consider what it is really […]

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Internationalization First, Localization Second

In the present day and age, a large volume of translation projects are requested by customers that are intent on localizing their products, sales pitches, marketing materials, etc.  There is a tremendous need to break into new markets, and that means that localization is a primary concern for tranlsation agencies. Of course, localization can be […]

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How Much Do Translations Cost?

The price of a translation cannot be estimated based on such imprecise factors as the number of pages in the project, as some pages may be full of and others practically devoid of text. To calculate the price exactly, it’s necessary to consider number of source document words and the complexity of the subject matter, […]

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Do We Need Certified Translators?

Let’s say that you are dealing with some important paperwork between two languages (a birth certificate from a different country, perhaps) and suddenly the man on the other side of the desk says, “This document has to be translated by a certified translator.” What do you do then? Well, first of all, don’t panic. It’s […]

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Good Results Demand Better Communication

The more translation projects I have been involved with, the more I realize that communication is a fundamental aspect of translation–not only on the translator’s behalf, but that of the client as well! Indeed, let this serve as notice to all present and future translation buyers (particularly regarding voluminous, complicated documents): have a member of […]

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