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Top 5 FAQs when hiring translation services

WHAT DO I NEED?

Take time to consider what you want from your translation. Is this an internal document? Is it purely informational, or is it designed to sell your products and services? Do you need the whole document translated or just a section? Any good language service provider will help you work out exactly what it is you need and will provide it for you.

HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?

A professional translator will have to take into account the scope, complexity and urgency of the project. Translation services are generally charged based on the word count of the text to be translated, but also take into consideration any research that must be carried out. A highly technical text is likely to cost more than a letter, for instance, purely because of the amount of research that will be required.

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE?

There are several variables to take into account, such as the type of document, the translator's availability and any formatting requirements you may have. The best thing here is to be realistic. A translator usually produces 2000–2500 words a day, so this is important to consider when producing your project timeline. Remember: if it took your marketing department weeks to come up with that snappy piece of copy, a top-quality translator will need a reasonable amount of time to do it right.

CAN'T I DO IT MYSELF?

Good translators have post-graduate and professional qualifications, a wealth of knowledge and many years of experience at their disposal. Speaking another language does not necessarily equate to being a good translator; we all have friends who can cook a good meal, but would you let them do the catering for your wedding? Well, the same applies to translation.

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO USE A SPECIALIST?

Put simply, professional translators are experts and can therefore provide quality. Ask a Michelin star chef how to make a hollandaise sauce, you'll believe what they tell you - being an expert in your field boosts confidence. You deserve to have full confidence in what you’re buying, in the same way that your customers deserve to have full confidence in you. 

 

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