Your translator has a wealth of experience, expertise and business
judgment that come into play on every project. But you may be surprised to
learn that what you put into a job is just as
vital as what the translator brings to it.
What can you do to be sure to get the best translation service?
- Tell the translator for what purpose you need the document translated.
Translators can adapt their services to meet your needs — but you must tell
them what those needs are.
- Schedule jobs as far in advance as you can. Any service provider can
meet your requirements better with an idea of what is coming. Avoid the
trouble, expense and risk involved with rush jobs.
- Send the translator an editable file to work from. Using editable copy
is now standard procedure.
Source copy on paper or by fax, or PDFs with images rather than retrievable
text, can drive up the price.
- Send the pictures. Translators work with meanings and concepts, not just
words. If graphic information is useful to the reader, it will be useful to
the translator, too. Never send parts lists without drawings. (Is that Scheibe
a washer, a spacer, a disk, a plate, a web, a blank, or a wheel?)
- Listen to questions. You may be the only one who has the answer
(internal company terminology, shop talk, client-specific terminology or
And when your project is done and completed, let your translator
know what you thought of his or her work. A critique
by a specialist, with pointers to terminology and reference materials,
will benefit your future projects.