French/Spanish to English translation

02 July 2012

Finding the Perfect Translator

There are four basic qualities that define a good professional translator. These are – strong knowledge and experience over the language, certification in translation services, ability to translate without tampering with the meaning in the document and finally easy availability and timely delivery of the translation document. 

A professional translator needs to know the language in detail and should have a sound vocabulary in both languages in order to be able to accurately translate the document using the right words, as sometimes a sentence conveys a meaning that is different from what the words or phrases express. Usually if the translator has lived in the country where the language is spoken or has received tertiary education you will find they usually have a good set of skills. Don’t be shy to ask where they have learnt the language and what their level of expertise is. You can also find out more about the translators experience on the translation services website. 

Professional certification is a must have for any professional translator.  Professional translators in Australia must be registered with The National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI) which is the national standards and accreditation body for translators and interpreters in Australia. It is the only agency to issue accreditations for practitioners who wish to work in this profession in Australia. 

It is also good to look for translators that will translate the source text by comprehending the overall meaning and not individual sentences or words and will also translate all relevant stamps, logos and will keep the formatting of your document as close to the original as possible. 

Last but not least timely delivery, easy availability, and whether translation is a full time or part time job for the translator, are some of the other things that are worth checking before hiring a professional translator.  Look for a professional translator that has a good website and the means of uploading documents online or by email and be sure they can service for translation services Australia wide.   

 

FAQ

What is translation?

Translation is the process of changing the text from one language to another whilst conveying the same meaning as demonstrated in the source text...

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How long does it take to translate a document?

Although dependent on the field and complexity of the translation, generally speaking, personal documents can be translated within 2-3 business days. Larger jobs will vary...

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Why should I have my documents translated professionally?

Professional translation differs greatly from machine translation (i.e. Google Translate, Babylon, etc). A professional translator ensures that the translation reads naturally and not like a translation. Accredited through NAATI...

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How to choose a translator?

a. Check their qualifications - and/or request information about their experience. Translators should only accept assignments for which they are competent and as a client, you should expect...

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