Choosing the Ideal Translation Service for your Business
By: Ifrah Mubashir
Once you decide to go multilingual the most time consuming and difficult tasks is trusting an external source to take care of content which you might or might not be able to judge properly depending on what languages you speak. It is easy to feel little bit overwhelmed when you see the large number of services available. The key to making the right choice is to understand the types of service provided. Let us help you through this process.
Let’s have a look at the list of options Google will provide you with when you embark upon your journey of finding your translation soulmate.
Automated Translation Service Providers:
Automated service providers such as google translate are usually free translation and readily available. Though there cost may seem attractive, do not over estimate their potential. Automated translation providers can be useful for basic vocabulary only and are reliable in limited instances. Careless use of automated translation can result in wrong words being used that may not make any sense to the reader. Primarily, these service providers are for personal use and are seriously not recommended for any official use.
Freelance translators are usually self-employed which sometimes makes it hard to trust their capabilities but the truth is they are usually sufficiently qualified for the job. However, it’s always a good idea to thoroughly go through their profile, good translators will even provide you with a sample of their work. Do not hire anyone who makes promises that sound too good to be true. Freelance translators are a viable option for smaller projects, if you are hiring for bigger projects on an urgent basis, freelance writer may not be the best option.
Translation Services Agencies:
This is probably the most reliable and efficient option. Translation agencies have full time professionals constantly working on one project after another which keeps the up to date and proficient in their field. Your chances of being scammed are the lowest. Online Language Translation Agency can manage a team of several translators and thus a big project. They can handle ecommerce website translation projects, translating multiple pages of content in a short period of time. Still, the advice remains the same – do not choose someone who makes unreal promises.
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