Specialist Literature Translators
This section provides a database of literature translation firms with construction industry experience. For those suppliers/manufacturers considering export, versions of literature will be required in other languages. It is worthwhile considering this option at the design stage since the graphical design, style and layout can be arranged in a standard format allowing different languages to be over printed – allow an additional 10-15% of space for translated text which will then obviate the need for costly redesign. However, a direct reproduction of literature designed for the UK market may not always be suitable if it is obvious to the overseas audience that the literature was designed for that market.
There is no getting away from the fact that employing a professional translator is well worth the cost. The damage that can instantly be caused to your company’s image and reputation by an inaccurate translation could be significant and take a considerable time to repair. Selecting a translator needs care and thoughtful consideration. The Institute of Translating and Interpreting have published an excellent guide full of tips and advice. It is entitled Translation, Getting It Right – A Guide to Buying Translations, and can be obtained free from the Institute or downloaded from their website here.
A quick search on the Internet will reveal that there are many on-line translation services, some free of charge, that may be useful; however, as touched on above, care needs to be taken since literal translation can often distort the original message, sometimes with disastrous results.
Further information, advice and lists of translation services in specific industry sectors can be obtained from the following:
Association of Translation Companies
Unit 24, Level 6 North
New England House
New England Street
Brighton BN1 4GH
Tel: +44 (0) 1273 676777
Fax: +44 (0) 845 058 2590
Institute of Translating and Interpreting
Milton Keynes Business Centre
Milton Keynes MK14 6GD
Tel: +44 (0) 1908 325250
Fax: +44 (0) 1908 325259
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