In today’s global economy, businesses are no longer restricted by geographical boundaries, which means that professional translation services have become essential for companies looking to expand their reach to international markets. Professional translation services encompass many offerings, including document translation, website translation, certified translation, and more.
In this blog, we will take a closer look at these three translation services and the benefits of working with a professional translation company to deliver them.
Document translation involves translating documents such as legal contracts, financial statements, and medical records from one language to another. Professional translation services employ proven quality assurance processes to ensure that a translated document accurately conveys the original document’s meaning without any errors or omissions. Ensuring accuracy in translated documents is particularly important for legal, medical and financial files, where even the slightest mistake could have serious consequences.
In the case of legal documents, a mistranslation could result in a breach of contract or even legal disputes. This is why it’s crucial to work with a professional translation service with a team of experienced legal translators who understand the nuances of legal terminology in both the source and target language and can accurately translate all the complexities.
Similarly, when it comes to medical documents, accuracy is paramount. A mistranslation could lead to incorrect treatment or even endanger the patient’s life. Professional translation services will partner with highly experienced medical translators and carry out meticulous quality control to ensure medical reports, prescriptions, and other medical documents accurately convey the required information.
When it comes to financial translation, documents such as annual reports, financial statements, and investor presentations require a high level of accuracy and attention to detail. Whether expanding your business to a new market or seeking investment opportunities abroad, accurate translation of financial documents is essential for building trust with stakeholders and making informed business decisions. Professional translation services specialising in financial translation will have a team of experienced financial translators who are well-versed in financial terminology and can accurately translate in-depth financial documents while meeting the highest quality standards.
With the rise of e-commerce and digital marketing, website translation has become crucial for businesses seeking to engage customers in different languages and drive sales from these markets.
In today’s digital age, having a multilingual website is no longer a luxury but a necessity. Current estimates show that around 43% of people worldwide are bilingual, and a further 17% are multilingual. However, more often than not, people prefer to browse and buy in their native language. A recent study from CSA Research revealed that 79% of online consumers prefer to purchase products using their native language. Furthermore, 40% will never buy from websites in other languages.
When translating your website from one language to another, you can focus on any content it displays. This includes everything from product and service descriptions, blogs and marketing materials to customer support content and user interfaces.
Website translation is not a straightforward task, particularly when the copy is more creative. When working with a professional translation service, its team will understand when to engage with experienced transcreators (translators who are also skilled copywriters) to ensure that your translated website retains its brand style and tone consistently for all markets.
Certified translation is usually required when documents are needed for official purposes, for example, in court, government establishments (e.g., the UK Home Office or Passport Office) or academic institutions. Sometimes international businesses also require certified translations if they are dealing with legal disputes. Examples of official documents include birth certificates, marriage certificates, and immigration documents.
For a translation to be certified, it must be signed and stamped by the translator to confirm that the contents are true and accurate. Alongside the declaration, the translator will provide their full name and contact details or those of the professional translation company. In the UK, translators providing certified translations must be recognised by an official governing translation body, such as the Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIOL), the Institute of Translation & Interpreting (ITI) or the Association of Translation Companies (ATC).
A professional translation company will manage the whole process for you, ensuring that the appropriately qualified translators work on your documents and that the translation meets all the requirements for certification and is accepted by the relevant authorities.
An example of when certified translation is used is the immigration process. A certified translation is often required to prove the authenticity of the document, like a birth or marriage certificate. A mistranslation of this document could result in the rejection of the application or even legal consequences. Working with a professional translation service that has experience in providing certified translations for various types of official documents or circumstances will ensure the process is carried out correctly and without issue.
These are just three areas where professional translation services may be used to assist communication across language barriers, supporting successful business activity and growth. Professional translation services give you the peace of mind that the correct protocols are being followed in the translation process to ensure the utmost accuracy and that quality work will be delivered.
Mission Translation is a professional translation company that works with highly qualified, native translators specialising in their field. With ISO accreditations for Quality and Translation Services, we ensure our services are delivered to the highest standard to support our clients’ activity.
If you require translation services for one of your projects, please get in touch with our team, who will be happy to help.