Translation is a skilled craft. A professional translator will have a deep understanding not just of the words of their two (or more) languages, but of their grammatical structure, flow and particular idiosyncrasies.
Companies that require translation should always opt for a professional translation company rather than a friend who ‘speaks a bit of’ the language they need. Here’s why.
Professional translation for business clients
A professional translation agency has to maintain an excellent reputation if it is to succeed. That means its translation have to be of consistently high quality and its clients need to be satisfied. In this day and age, poor service is quickly highlighted on social media, so by using a professional company that’s been in the business for several years you can have certain expectations of the standard of translation you will receive.
Using a non-professional translator can result in poor quality translation. Being able to speak a language reasonably is a far cry from being fluent. If you take your business seriously (and want the people you are reaching out to do to the same) then your translator needs to be fluent in the target language.
Speed of service
When it comes to using a professional translation agency, you are free to issue deadlines that the company must adhere to. This means you can be sure that your translation will be produced on time and that you can use it in line with your company’s plans.
When it comes to a friend helping with translation, your need to be grateful for their help may well outweigh your ability to ensure deadlines are stuck to. If your helpful friend misses your deadline, what recourse do you have?
Added extras – localization services
By using a professional translation company, you have the option to benefit from a number of added extras. Localization services can help to ensure that your translated document is fully appropriate to the audience it is intended for. Many translation agencies also offer proofreading and desktop publishing services, to ensure that your translated documents is word-perfect and in the format that you need it in.
What benefits has professional translation brought to your business? What were the advantages of opting for a professional agency rather than an informal arrangement with a friend?