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The Importance of Precision in Legal Translation

Posted by Tony Phillips on Sep 15, 2014 4:37:24 PM

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Anyone who has read a legal brief knows that the law is many things, but it is first and foremost a battery of densely packed language in complicated arrangements.

The law is also an adversarial plane where battles and fortunes are won and lost on the basis of definitions. Legal translation is, therefore, not a realm where close enough is good enough. Like all good legal writing, good legal translation leaves no loop holes (except those you intended), uses terms precisely (except those you wish to be vague), and draws clean lines (unless you want them blurred).

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Topics: legal translation, legal translation service, certified legal translation

You Can’t Rush Quality: Document Translators Take Time to Get it Right

Posted by Tony Phillips on Sep 11, 2014 2:13:34 PM

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There are sprints, there are marathons, and then there are document translations. The translation of a document may not be as exciting as a sprint or as dramatic as a marathon, but it's often just as pressure-packed as the former and just as grueling as the latter.

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Topics: document translation service, translation services, human translation services, document translator

Dutch Language Translation Worldwide

Posted by Carl Pettit on Sep 10, 2014 11:33:46 AM

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Although the Netherlands is a fairly small country in terms of geographical size, it has created a fairly large footprint across many continents over the years. The influence of Dutch traders and explorers in the past can still be felt today. That’s why Dutch language translation is an important part of modern global commerce and communication.

In case you aren’t up on your history, it might be a good idea to see where the Dutch and other people inhabiting this very flat country have traveled to over the past few centuries. A good place to start is the former Dutch colonies. This will give us a bit of a window into the influence the Netherlands has exerted across the planet and why there’s a continuing demand for Dutch language translation.

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3 Things You Should Keep in Mind About Affidavit Translation

Posted by Carl Pettit on Sep 9, 2014 10:49:44 AM

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When dealing with authoritative bodies and institutions, you always want to make sure you dot the i's and cross the t's in order to effectively further your cause. In other words, everything has to be official and by the book. A big part of that is affidavit translation. Here are three things you should keep in mind in regards to affidavit translations, from how to define them to when to use them.

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Document Translation Services & the World of French

Posted by Tony Phillips on Sep 8, 2014 11:24:24 AM

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“…All languages change, all the time – the only static languages are dead ones.” - Guy Deutsher, The Unfolding of Language

Know your audience. It’s the most fundamental axiom in any genre and any language, and especially in document translation.

Whether it’s advertising, promotional materials, product descriptions, or simple brochures, what matters most in writing is the reader. It’s no use writing like James Joyce if the people you’re writing to can’t stand to read what you wrote. Quality translation, localized for a specific audience, is written in the style and custom of the times. Nothing says “bad translation” like outmoded terms, old-fashioned expressions, musty old clichés, and stilted grammar. To get with the times, one must write like the times. And in our times, a language must shift to accommodate readers in different places with different customs and different manners of speech.

Consider French.

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Topics: French translation, document translation, french translation services, canadian french translation, localization

Things Document Translators Care About

Posted by Tony Phillips on Sep 5, 2014 11:36:13 AM

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I came across an article by Eleanor Dickey in Classical Quarterly entitled “How to Say ‘Please’ in Classical Latin.” It runs just over 17 pages and cites 19 different texts.

Linguists are a fixated lot.

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Topics: chinese translation, document translation, accurate translation

How to Get the Most from Professional Language Translation Services

Posted by Tony Phillips on Sep 4, 2014 11:00:00 AM

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If you’re a busy professional in today’s global market, you are probably not a professional linguist as well. For you, sourcing professional language translation services can be a frustrating process. You probably have nagging questions that won’t go away until you finally settle on a translator.

How do you know you’re getting the best value for your budget? How do you ensure that your professional language translation service provides you with the best translation possible? How can you contribute to good translations if you can’t read them? Perhaps most importantly for any business person, how can you minimize work and cost?

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Topics: business document translations, professional translation service, business translation

Using Facts to Choose a Quality Medical Translation Service

Posted by Tony Phillips on Sep 3, 2014 10:03:29 AM

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If you are responsible for selecting your company’s medical translation service, you’ve probably done your homework and checked around for the best value in the industry.

Maybe you’ve tried to compare a few vendors, but if you’re like many professionals charged with procuring the best medical translation service possible, in the end you go with your gut and keep your fingers crossed. You know in the back of your mind there must be a better way to select your translation vendor, but how can you distinguish between a great service and one that’s just not up to par?

In finding a quality medical translation service, there are a few general guidelines to follow that can help ensure you’re choosing the best vendor to meet your needs. Following the criteria below, you can be certain you’re making the right choice.

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Topics: medical translation, translation service

4 Medical Translation Myths Debunked

Posted by Tony Phillips on Sep 2, 2014 11:00:00 AM

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Medical translation is a highly diverse and complex market: a bigger market than you might think. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there will be 83,000 jobs for interpreters and translators by 2020 with a 42% growth in demand for translators within a decade. As globalization and international communication become the norm in all industries, professional and specialized language services become more important than ever before.

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Topics: medical translation, medical translating, translation service

Ensuring Quality Notarized Translations

Posted by Carl Pettit on Aug 29, 2014 9:52:00 AM

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Ensuring that you get great notarized translations on time can often be the difference between a process running smoothly or falling apart. Price, turnaround time, and the accuracy of the translations are all important parts of the transaction. This is especially true for notarized translations because they are usually required for urgent and/or vital circumstances. Here are three steps you can take to make sure the notarized translations you ask for are top-quality every time.

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