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HOW TO FIND A TRANSLATOR 

Finding a translator or agency can be daunting. If low cost is your primary objective, you can simply shop around and find the best price. The problem is that low-cost translations are often achieved by 

PROFESSIONAL TRANSLATOR AND INTERPRETER ASSOCIATIONS

Many countries have professional translator and interpreter associations that list members. You can locate translators and find information about their training, specialisations, experience, certification status, etc.

 

GUIDELINES FOR 'BUYING TRANSLATION SERVICES'

SOURCES OF INFORMATION

Through friends, acquaintances (i.e. word-of-mouth), social media, website reviews, organisations, consulates, google my business.

 
 
 
 
 
SOME LANGUAGES REQUIRE NUMBER TRANSLATIONS
SOME LANGUAGES REQUIRE NUMBER TRANSLATIONS

In France 450, cancer patients received excessive radiation exposure with 7 patients dying. The instructions had been translated into French incorrectly and of the doses of radiation were miscalculated.

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GOOGLE STATES THEIR TRANSLATION WIDGET IS NOT FOR MEDICAL TRANSLATIONS
GOOGLE STATES THEIR TRANSLATION WIDGET IS NOT FOR MEDICAL TRANSLATIONS

The Virginia Department of Health’s website uses Google Translate to provide Covid information to non-english speakers. Spanish-readers were told that the COVID-19 vaccine was 'not necessary' instead of 'The vaccine is not legally mandated but we recommend that you get it once it is available'.

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EVIDENCE OF POOR PLANNING AND PRIORITIES
EVIDENCE OF POOR PLANNING AND PRIORITIES

Victoria, Australia to spend $14 million on more multicultural coronavirus support after translation bungles. Translations of COVID-related information at both the federal and state levels revealed a mix of inconsistent and incomplete messaging. In this poster about face masks Farsi and Arabic were combined.

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ERRORS CAN BE AMUSING

with little damage done

 

ERRORS CAN BE MISLEADING

 
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ERRORS CAN BE COSTLY

HSBC Bank had to launch a $10 million rebranding campaign after its catchprase 'Assume Nothing' was mistranslated to 'Do Nothing'.

 
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ERRORS CAN BE OFFENSIVE

This can negatively impact your brand's image

 
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ERRORS CAN BE DANGEROUS

The French 'Cristaux de soude' translates to 'washing soda' which is much less harmful than lye.

Lye crystals would be better translated in French to 'Cristaux de soude caustique'.

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ERRORS CAN BE FATAL

A Norwegian in Denmark suffered a head injury and was treated in hospital. He explained that he was a haemophiliac (hemofil). Mistranslated as homofil (homosexual) he was sent home. He died a day later from a brain haemorrhage.                  

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ERRORS CAN BE AMUSING

The 'We speak French' was translated incorrectly from English. Instead it implies that they speak amongst themselves in French. You could probably assume that they will speak to you in French as well.

 

ERRORS CAN BE MISLEADING

'To-go' suggests portable. Instead this expression has been translated to the country in Africa - Togo. The real meaning is lost in French as it appears to be a 'Bib from Togo'.

 
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ERRORS CAN BE FATAL

 

A Norwegian in Denmark was treated in hospital for a head injury. He explained that he was a haemophiliac (hemofil). Mistranslated as homofil (homosexual), he was sent home. He died a day later from a brain haemorrhage.                  

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HOW TO FIND A TRANSLATOR 

Finding a translator or agency can be daunting. If low cost is your primary objective, you can simply shop around and find the best price. The problem is that low-cost translations are often achieved by compromising quality. The result is inaccuracies, errors, texts that don’t read well and words that are not appropriate for the culture or context. If you want to obtain a quality translation the process becomes more complicated. How do you know, much less find, this elusive quality translation? Here are just a few tools to help you find and evaluate a translator.

PROFESSIONAL TRANSLATOR AND INTERPRETER ASSOCIATIONS

Many countries have professional translator and interpreter associations that list members. You can locate translators and find information about their training, specialisations, experience, certification status, etc.

 

GUIDELINES FOR 'BUYING TRANSLATION SERVICES'

SOURCES OF INFORMATION

Through friends, acquaintances (i.e. word-of-mouth), social media, website reviews, organisations, consulates, google my business.

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CORONAVIRUS - COVID-19

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Healthline 0800 358 5453 ou/or +64 9 358 5453

 

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FR  Ministère de la Santé Néo-Zélandais

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