Looking for a professional translation provider who can fulfill your translation requirements is just the beginning, entrusting your translation job can be a somewhat nerve-wracking experience. This is because if you are getting content translated there are high chances that you are yourself not familiar with the target language. This creates a difficult situation for you as you have to completely trust your translation service provider to do an authentic job.
But then taking a complete backseat when it comes to translation jobs that bear considerable importance like say marketing materials that are targeted to a foreign speaking populace can be very tough. But there are ways to ensure an accurate translation even if you don’t understand the target language at all and do not have any other way than your translation provider’s word that you have got the best translation.
Try to get a native translator for your job. More specifically the translation provider should be a native speaker of the target language. Generally this ensures authentic translation though there are of course very good translation providers who may not be working with their mother language as the target language.
The translation provider should not only be qualified in the languages involved in your translation project, but also be familiar with the subject or domain of your content. The content to be translated might be technical in nature, it be a legal or a medical document. In such cases you need to locate a professional translation provider with knowledge of the languages, as well as the subject area of the required translation.
Check out whether your translation provider is associated with a professional translation association. While in itself this does not guarantee anything, one can assume that a translator who makes the effort to be a part of such organization would be someone who is serious about his work and career. Moreover such organizations promote, as well as encourage professional development of their members.
Briefings are a very important part of any translation project. Make sure that you brief your translators in detail about your intentions for, and expectations from the translation. And also provide all required materials like glossaries and the like to your translation provider which would help him/her in producing high quality translations. Furthermore, be accessible to your professional translation provider and also be ready to clarify any queries that might arise in the course of your translation project.