Translation

Who do you choose?

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  There is a variety of Language Services Providers (LSPs) out there, large and small, some very specialized and others providing a broad range of services. When looking for an agency that is right for you, you will have to weigh out their pros and cons as compared to your language service needs. What choices do I have? There are plenty of choices when it comes to language service providers. Which provider is right for you? Many litigation support companies (or court reporting agencies) provide language support as part of their overall services. However, make sure to compare their capabilities…

Does your translation need to be certified?

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A translation becomes certified when a translator or language agency attaches a document to the translation attesting that to the best knowledge of the signer, it is an accurate translation of the original document performed by an experienced and professional translator. It can also be referred to as a certificate of accuracy. It depends on the country. Some countries have “sworn translators” regulated by a government body, and empowered to call their translations “certified.” In the US, there is no government body regulating translators. A translator can obtain professional certifications through an association, such as the American Translator’s Association (ATA),…

Translation Price Logistics

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Have you ever wondered why translation prices vary tremendously? Maybe you paid a certain price for a translation of one document in the past and, then, when requesting a quote for a new document, you ended up receiving a completely different offer? Ask yourself the following questions in order to better understand how translation prices are determined. As with any language related services, the languages that are considered rare have a higher price tag. The good news is, the translator does not have to reside in your town, state, or even country! In some cases, hiring linguists residing outside the US…

Taking it to the next level

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In general, when clients think of translation, they usually think of it in terms of technical texts requiring near-literal translations, such as: Translators try and find as near an equivalent as possible matching the tone, word complexity, technicality, etc. They may use some leeway in adapting the text to regional industry norms, but being accurate to the source takes higher priority. Localization takes translation to the next level by adapting texts for ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­regional consumption. It addresses non-textual elements which translation alone may not, such as: Localization also takes into consideration local laws, rules, and regulations to ensure the content is…

I have no idea what I’m doing!

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Translation is a multi-step process, so every quality translator proofreads their own work. However, it is always important to have a second set of eyes (or even a third depending on project complexity) on any translation project, especially when using an unfamiliar linguist or agency. Other, non-experienced language agencies Legal Interpreters LLC The makers of the TV show Homeland learned that lesson the hard way when their artists’ Arabic language graffiti criticized the show instead of portraying regionally accurate texts. The simple act of hiring an Arabic language proofreader would have allowed them to avoid a public embarrassment. Proofreading is…

What exactly is a “good” translation?

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It might be difficult for an inexperienced client to tell if the requested document translation is of good quality, or not. It is even more difficult to judge the translator’s performance if you don’t know the language you are translating from or into. Gauging what is “good” translation is, to a certain extent, subjective since texts can be generally understood in a variety of different ways. Even after considering the writer’s intention, target audience, and the stylistic feel of a text, there is subjective leeway in how certain things can be translated without one being objectively “better” than the other….

Being Bilingual

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Often being bilingual is confused with being able to interpret professionally, or being able to evaluate interpretation. Sometimes law firms hire bilingual paralegals to help aid in communication with their clients. Similarly, many doctors’ offices have bilingual assistants to aid in communication with their LEP patients. Even though such an employee is a great asset and can be helpful when interacting with the client, they should be wary of providing interpretation, especially for any depositions or inside the exam room. Interpreting requires extensive training and a rich linguistic background. Saying that anyone bilingual can interpret is like saying that anybody…

Translation Price Logistics

Translation Price Logistics

How the Translation Market works and Translation Price Logistics? Most translators calculate their charges per source word, meaning, each word contained in the original document (that requires translation) is counted and the total charge consists of the price per word multiplied by the total number of words. This formula is usually used when working with a Microsoft Word document or a live PDF. Sometimes, the translation is billed per page or per target word, which is the translated word count. Those alternate methods are usually used when the number of words cannot be calculated due to the file format, like a scanned…

Do’s And Don’ts of Translation

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Have you ever been burned by a bad translation? Don’t worry. We’re here to help! Submitting a document for translation can be fraught with worry and a feeling of helplessness. But there are steps that clients can take to help ensure they receive the best quality product possible. Just follow these simple tips… Submitting illegible versions of your documents ALWAYS proves to be troublesome. It will delay the delivery date as well as decrease its accuracy which can have serious consequences for your case. Your best (and safest) option is to submit a legible version of your document, preferably by email….

Interpreters Vs Translators, do you know the differences?

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Interpreters are often referred to as translators and people are not always aware of the differences between the two professions (interpreters vs translators). How are they different? Interpretation is carried out in real-time (simultaneously) or very close to it (consecutively). Interpreters have very well developed short-term memory retention, good note taking skills, and an exceptional attention span. Generally, they will study a limited number of subjects and become experts in those areas (for example legal or medical). They will also review any complex or technical topics before specific assignments to refresh their real-time recall and vocabulary. Translation occurs after a text…

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LEGAL INTERPRETERS LLC is an interpreting agency founded by an actual interpreter with a broad and extensive interpreting experience. Agata Baczyk has been working as an independent interpreter for several years and decided to start her own interpreting agency in order to address the industry's need for professional and experienced interpreters. Most interpreting agencies are not able to screen or assess their interpreters effectively because they don't have the needed tools and knowledge of what that job entails. As a company led by a professional interpreter we are able to ensure that the linguists we contract with are knowledgeable and experienced.