Posted by: sbilingual | July 2, 2012

Financial or Legal Translation: Tools of the Trade

Tools of the trade for someone who wants to do a financial or a legal translation have become so much more than pen, document and a general knowledge of the language. Financial and legal translators can access specialized lexicons, thesauruses, and glossaries. Many methods of research are available. Almost any language has a book that can help with the translation process.

This extend to other fields as well, every tourist knows about the travel guides that translate Italian, French and German to English or English to Italian, French and German. When translating professional documents, financial or legal websites, a translation company must look further than the superficial. They must look at the intent of the words and make sure that the product of the finance or legal translation reflects the intent of the author.

Today’s technology, however, does make the task of translating easier in the sense that at the fingertips of any person, one can access a reference or a professional site and find responses to any questions one might have. Even Google, has created some professional software that can help translating anything in any language spoken today in the world. They employ volunteer translators for languages that are not universally covered, so buyers beware. Just because someone says they can do a finance or legal translation and handle the information for you does not mean there is a knowledgeable person to do so. These services may be tempting to use because they are free, but if your business depends on what your translated documents say then it would be safer to spend the money on a translating agency.

That is where a professional legal translation company comes in. They will rely on native speakers and not on a computer based translation. If you employ a professional language agency you will hire highly accomplished and knowledgeable specialists in the legal or financial fields. Your company will benefit from those translators as they will avoid costly mistakes done by a computer.

Because some companies cut corners translations from signage to medical documents have suffered from poor translation. There are times that this can be humorous, but at other times a simple misunderstanding can lead to unfortunate results or miscommunication of what your business ethic is. The reputation of your company or business rests on the quality of your translations. It is therefore most important that your message is conveyed clearly and accurately particularly in the case of financial or legal translations.

Translators can also take language courses to refresh their skills. They can also keep up with current vocabulary and get the opportunity to practice their native language outside of the working environment. Having an instructor to discuss material with can be a great resource.

Making use of one’s personal resources is another tool that is available to the translator. Friends and family that speak your native language can be useful when having difficulty. Not any single person knows it all, so when in doubt ask for help from others.

No matter where you look there are many resources and tools that translators have at hand. Dictionaries, online or in book form, thesauruses and glossaries are available. There is also online translator websites for simple translation. One can utilize the knowledge of fellow translators when needed. Any number of tools is out there. The translators just needs to go, search and look and they will be amazed to find how much is available out there.

To find out how Bilingual Resources Group can support your interpretation, translation and bilingual staffing needs, please call 504-253-0364 or visit www.bilingualcare.com.

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