Signs of a good translator

... yes, you can recognize them!

Translation does not mean mechanically replacing words. Translation is a creative process. If that were not so, translators would have been replaced by machines a long time ago.

Yet despite tremendous advantages in professional-level machine translation, this has not happened and we don’t expect it to happen any time soon.

Good texts requires good translators. And you can easily tell the signs of a good translator!

Good translators:

  • Speak and write well.
  • Have invested in the technology and resources that let them work quickly and efficiently.
  • Are experienced and can provide professional credentials and references.
  • If given all the details of a project, they can give you a fairly accurate time and cost estimate.
  • Are versatile and eager to invest time and money in learning.
  • Know their capabilities and their limitations. They will not take on a project they are not fully qualified to work on.
  • Ask questions. They know when to consult with you about concepts or terminology that only you can explain.