The influence of globalization has sparked the need for language translation, especially in the field of business. Language translators have sprouted in all corners of the world to aid business processes and transactions. Countless companies and individuals have been dependent in language translators to mobilize their businesses. That is why it is a must to hire a reliable language translator to make your business transactions successful. In hiring a professional language translator, an individual or a company should consider the following:
- The language fluency level needed for the work to be done. There are multilingual or bilingual people who are better in writing than speaking a specific language. Some are better in speaking than in writing or reading. With that, if the translator would only need to translate documents and other files, get a professional translator that is particularly skillful in reading and writing. If the service needed is for conversations only, it is better to get a translator that is fluent or conversational in speaking even though he or she is not that skillful in reading or writing.
- The existing certifications under the name of the professional translator. If this professional translator is what he or she claims to be, he or she must be able to prove it! Ask him or her to present an official document of her language proficiency level. If it is a translation company, all the more reason why they should prove their credibility.
- The translation tools used. Yes, it is a must that the translator is fluent, but it doesn’t mean that they should not use tools to help them in the translation process. Tools are very helpful and handy. They make the translation easier, more reliable, faster, and accurate.
- The familiarity of the translator to the terms that they are going to translate. This is one of the trickiest parts. People think that translators can always translate whatever word you feed them. That is not true! There are always words that are not familiar with them such as technical, social, urban, and other terms that are not in the standard vocabularies. Therefore, when hiring a translator or a translation company, check their familiarity with the field they will be working.
- The translation package they offer. This is where money is involved. The translation package should be attractive and affordable. If the translation work would include documents, consider the rate of their translation per page, per sheet, per project, per word, per paragraph, or per file depending on how they set their package. If the work involves personal translations, consider their rates per hour, per day, or per event. The package should come at a reasonable price.
- The feedback from their past clients. Professional translators must have had many customers already. Score the internet. Search for their past customers that can give you helpful, honest, and unbiased feedback. Their past clients would be able to give you tips not just about their performance but also about how they are as business partners. Bear in mind that language translators are bridges to your foreign clients. Thus, they should be able to produce quality work.
- Last but not the least, consider the delivery timeframe. Time is gold! The time duration of when a translation work finishes depends on a lot of factors. Look for an individual or a company that can deliver you the translation works on time. Fast delivery plus quality output means that you have chosen a productive and reliable professional translator.
It is not hard to find an individual or a company to do your translation works here in the Philippines. The challenging part is to find the most reliable one. With that, following the tips mentioned above is a must. Money is precious. You wouldn’t want to waste your money on a crappy translation work. Find the best language translator in town!
Raphael Rico Zamora is a Filipino Blogger, and a digital marketing enthusiast at Optimind Technology Solutions. It is a company that develops mobile apps, SEO, and web design company in the Philippines.