What Tools are There for a Professional Translation?

By: Armando Riquier

Tools for a professional translation have become much, much more than just a simple pen and paper. General knowledge of a language does not make one a professional translator. We all have access to dictionaries, thesauruses, and glossaries. If we look there are volumes of resources available. Tourists know about all the guidebooks that can translate English to French or French to English. But, when you are looking to translate business documents or corporate websites it is best to find a translator who works for himself or a professional translation service for instance.

The Internet makes translating easier for those of us who just need a simple phrase translated. With a few strokes of the keyboard anyone can find what they are looking for and a website that will answer any questions they may have. Even Google.com has software that can help with translating just about any language you can think of. If they can't help, then they employ professional translators who volunteer for the languages they don't cover.

There are several shareware programs available such as WordFisher, DejÃ? vu, MTScript and many more. One of the more popular programs is TRADOS. There are tools available in conjunction with TRADOS that can make translating easier for your computer. You can also use Yamada Language Guides to find just about any information you would need about a particular language. They have information on languages such as Chinook, Arabic, Russian, Swedish, Yiddish and any other language you can think of, even Zulu.

Professional translation companies are the answer if you are looking for a job to be covered for your business. They do not rely on software or machine-based translation. By employing a language company you will be hiring highly skilled and educated specialists in fields and enterprises that will help you avoid errors that might arise from entrusting work to people who use software only to translate their material.

It is important for professional translators to network with others in their trade. Finding people who do what you do on a daily basis can be an excellent resource and tool. Not only do they know what is involved with your work but they can be a source of information as well. Utilize the knowledge of fellow translators when needed.

Another possible tool that translators can also take advantage of is taking courses in their native language. In addition, they can make use of friends and family that speaks their native language. Those can be useful to keep your skills sharp.

A lot of tools are out there that you can use. You just have to look around and not be afraid to use all of your resources. The computer can give you access to help through websites or software that translates. You can also connect with people in the country of the language you are translating to help you with a particular issue you are having. Network with the community of translators or with a local professional translation agency to communicate with others out there who understand what your job entails and can be of help.

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