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Business Translator - How To Be A Good Translator

Mar 18, 2008
As business globalization technology reaches across most nations, business translation is very important if you are providing your products or services in other countries. This is important because you will need to submit business plans and documents to your local managements. As different countries have different accounting and documentation practices, this is where business documentation translation plays an important role.

To translate documents well, you need a good translator. Someone who has a good knowledge of foreign languages does not necessary means that he or she is a good translator. To put it simply, to be a good translator, you need to possess the skills to make the right analysis of the meaning in the target language. On top of this, a good translator needs to understand the different dialects of the country so as to translate the documents more accurately.

If you aspire to be a good translator, these are some criteria that you need to be able to fulfil first:

1. You need to know how to read and speak different languages. This is the most basic criteria that you need to have in order to be a professional translator. If you cannot even read multiple languages, there is no way that you are able to translate a document accurately. Pick this skill by reading knowledge-providing sources like bilingual dictionaries.

2. You need to be a good language writer. Writing is the chief work of a translator. You need to possess great copywriting skill and well aware of the different styles of writing based on the type of language that you are writing for. Proper punctuation and paragraphing also increase the value and readability of your translated materials.

3. You need to be a sharp listener. While listening, you need to grasp various key notes, specific vocabulary and idioms so as to translate a speech accurately. There are important points that your client will not want you to miss it. Listen attentively and translate them accurately for your client. This is a very important criteria and it can be developed through regular practices.

4. Engage yourself in bilingual dictionaries, encyclopaedias and utilize them. From these materials, you can develop knowledge that is essential to become a proficient translator. With more exposure to these materials, you get to learn more new words that can be used in different situations.

These are 4 criteria that you must posses in order to become a professional translator. However, excellent translators are not produced overnight. It is all down to hard work, effort and time spent on upgrading themselves. If you are able to do the above, you definitely can one of them in the near future.
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