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The German translator at STB

A German flag spotted by STB's team of German translators



At Surrey Translation Bureau we are very fortunate to have an in-house translation team! This is a huge advantage for us. Our in-house translators can respond to urgent translation requests quickly and advise our project managers on linguistic queries.



From very early on at Surrey Translation Bureau, German to English and English to German translation have been two of our core language combinations, and still are today. That’s why it’s so useful to have one English to German translator, and two German to English translators in house. In addition, two of our project managers fit German to English translation jobs around their busy schedules. For any translation, it is important to have it written by a native speaker. This ensures that all the nuances of the original document are carried across, and that the translation sounds natural.



Our fantastic team of full-time, in-house translators at STB have many years’ experience – 18 years between them! They usually translate documents covering technical documentation, marketing material and financial, legal and medical documents. However, they have also worked on less standard material, from parasites in farm animals to material for a golf tournament to charity aid reports.



One reason why German to English translation constitutes a sizeable chunk of the translations we do for clients – and why it’s important to UK industry – is because Germany exports many products to the UK. These products range from white goods, such as Bosch washing machines, to cars, such as BMW and Volkswagen. These brands may seem a very clichéd idea of Germany, but you just have to look around your house and on your street to see how prevalent these items are in British society.



STB’s ties with Germany don’t just extend to our German clients who often require translation into English, French, Chinese or Hindi…, or our clients from the UK who need a German translator to reach new markets. We are also a member of the German-British Chamber of Industry and Commerce who hold regular networking events.



Although German translation is important at Surrey Translation Bureau, we can’t forget the other 100+ languages we translate. Export relationships are expanding from the traditional partnerships, such as England and Germany or England and France. We are seeing increasing demand in languages across the board; not just into English or out of English, but other combinations, such as German to Chinese, or Japanese to French.



In addition to our in-house and freelance translators, our project managers all have a Masters degree in translation. As a result, they are able to thoroughly check and sometimes complete linguistic work from French, Spanish, Swedish, German, Italian, and Portuguese to English, and from English to Finnish and Chinese.



If you want to know more about German translation or any other language combinations, ‘Schreib uns eine E-Mail’ to hello@surreytranslation.co.uk or call 01252 730 014. 

Translating Europe Forum – journey from Language Enthusiasts to Young Professionals

The end of October marked the second annual Translating Europe forum at the European Commission in Brussels. The event was organised by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Translation, Rytis Martikonis. Their objective was to bring young people in translation together and empower them to discuss ideas, projects, experiences and new approaches to translation.


Resource Manager, Allison, outside the European Commission
Resource Manager, Allison, outside the European Commission

The Translating Europe conference began on Thursday morning when motivational speaker and coach, Joy Ogeh-Huttfield (Joy Transformation), woke everyone up with her dynamic and fun presentation about having a vision and accomplishing personal goals. She told us to think outside the box, to raise our standards and to have a purpose. What better way to inspire young translators than to help them visualise their success?


Other topics discussed at the various panel-style presentations ranged from the translation of video games and multilingual app development, to localisation at Google, but the topic that seemed to resonate most with those in attendance was the ‘translation skills gap’. Seminars such as ‘Training translators in a changing world’ and ‘A Translator’s Palette of skills for the 21st Century’ discussed this topic. The seminars considered reasons why new translators might feel undertrained after completing their Master’s degree and proposed solutions to the problem.


You might be asking yourself, ‘What is this gap, and where did it come from?’. This ‘translation skills gap’ that many new translators experience occurs when they make the transition from full-time student to starting their career as a linguist. Emerging translators often admit to feeling underprepared for life as a professional freelancer and are left to figure things out on their own after graduation, not knowing how to specialise or where to begin. Just a few years ago, the best way to gain experience in the translation industry was to seek a position at an in-house translation department. There, new translators would hone their linguistic skills and build up experience in a specialist area. However, these coveted in-house positions are now few and far between.


So how can new translators gain the necessary skills to be successful in this industry? A common theme in the discussions following the panel presentations centred on the fact that young professionals entering the market tend not to lack the skills, but instead proper guidance within the industry. That is why traineeships and internships are playing an ever-increasing role in the career development of new translators.


Here at STB, we could not agree more with this sentiment. That’s why we piloted our university programme last year. It consists of a series of presentations to MA Translation Studies students around the UK. We talk to the students about how to find work with agencies and build a mutually beneficial professional relationship. We also started a six-week internship programme, giving interns experience in resource management, project management and translation and editing. We believe that a hands-on training approach paired with receiving constructive feedback is the best way for emerging translators to take the next step in their career and gain confidence in their skills.


The language industry is evolving at a rapid pace due to technology, so we must react and draw on our resources to prepare the next generation of translators and bridge the so called ‘translation skills gap’. It’s time for the translation industry and academia to collaborate so that we can provide emerging translators with the necessary skills to be successful in this industry.

Panelist, Miguel Severner, put it best during his presentation. “Let’s train the future generation of translators for the industry we want, not the industry we have.”


The Translating Europe Forum was an inspiring event for young translators. It was not only for young people, but created by young people, allowing them to talk openly about the issues they face when starting out in the industry, and also focus on the areas that are important to them like the benefits of branding and using social media, to name a few. There was even time for attendees to reflect on why they had become translators in the first place during an ‘I’m a translator because…’ tweet session, something that everyone enjoyed and felt very positive about!

This two-day conference concluded with a speech from the Director-General himself. He inspired all translators and interpreters to go forward in their career with confidence. I, for one, returned to Farnham (after a quick tour of Brussels!) feeling motivated to make positive contributions to the translation industry and to help the future generation of translators succeed!


Allison exploring Grand-Place, Brussels
Allison exploring Grand-Place, Brussels

If you would like to read more about the event, take a look at the #TranslatingEurope hashtag.


Inspired by Allison’s experience at the #TranslatingEurope Forum? Why not see what translation could do for you by requesting a quote from hello@surreytranslation.co.uk?