So how do you make sure that documents are translated precisely? Naturally, it will all depend on the translator that you choose. So you have to make sure that from the very beginning, even before you go on hiring someone, you already have a clear idea of what you want to happen, and the quality of Chinese-English translations that you need. In hiring an effective translator, here are just some things that you need to remember to help you choose the right one in the end.
First of all, you should find someone Translate to English who has extensive knowledge and understanding of the culture of both countries where the languages are spoken. If you choose a Chinese-English translator based solely on his educational background and experience in translating, it doesn’t necessarily give you a complete picture of his knowledge of China, for instance. There should be a clear indication that tells you he is well-equipped with the knowledge needed to understand Chinese culture. Did he work or used to live in China for a particular period of time in the past? Has he worked with Chinese businessmen before? Did he major in Asian Studies with focus on Chinese culture and literature?
Another trait a translator translating Chinese-English should have is the knowledge also in the particular field of the material to be translated, whether it is literature, business, legal or science. Chinese-English translations are successful only if the original message from the source language is communicated clearly and exactly in the target language. Fluency helps a lot, but if a translator has no background or even knowledge about certain scientific terms and jargons, he wouldn’t be able to go on too far with the translation.
If you could find a translator who will be able to do all these, you are in good hands. But how do you find a super translator? Finding an individual who could do all these could be difficult, but hiring a Chinese-English translation company could up your chances of getting better translated results. There are a lot of translation companies that have a team of expert translators in different topics and subject matters. Aside from the diversity in knowledge of their translators, they also have specific processes that they follow to ensure only reliable results.
Inquiring from different people and relying on word of mouth is your best chance in getting good translators who will give you precise Chinese-English translations. Ask friends, family, and other acquaintances for translation companies they might know, or start searching on the internet, take down notes of your research, and double check the names with your friends and family. Cross referencing always increases your chances to find out which translators from your list are credible and which are not.
Charlene Lacandazo writes for Rosetta Translation, a leading full-service translation agency based in the UK and China.
Rosetta Translation specialises in Chinese-English translation, as well as interpreting services worldwide.