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Complex Texts Translators Have to Work With

 

We have a whole host of fully-trained professionals here at Surrey Translation Bureau ready to provide you with high quality translation services for a variety of industries and sectors depending on your needs. Our highly skilled team can all too often make their work look easy, but that rarely is the case when it comes to translation! Some documents are much more difficult to translate than others for a myriad of reasons, the least of all being demanding time frames and the handling of confidential personal data – but that’s not all!

 

Medical Documents

 

Medical documents contain highly sensitive and critical data, and the cost of any mistakes made during the translation of such texts can be disastrous for all parties involved. Of course, the vital information contained is exactly why careful translation is so important, and translators must not allow the risks to prevent them from helping those in need.

 

 

Due to context cues and synonym use in various languages, medical documents lend themselves to a greater probability of being misunderstood; only translators with a qualified medical background should attempt these kinds of translations, to allow for greater understanding of common terms and shorthands that general translators may be unfamiliar with. It should be noted that in a study by the American College of Emergency Physicians, ad hoc interpreters have an error rate of 22% in medical documents, which drops to 12% for professionals (in turn, this drops again to a mere 2% for translators with over 100 hours of experience).

 

 

Legal Documents

 

Like medical documents, legal papers are full of jargon and specialised language which may be unfamiliar or even completely nonsensical to those without adequate training and background knowledge of the legal field. And again, the consequences of incorrectly translating these documents can have devastating consequences for an entire case and the people involved.

 

 

Legal translations also have the added difficulty of cultural barriers, in that legal systems differ from country to country, and what may be standard legal practice in one place may be an alien concept to the recipient of the translated documents. This obviously requires that translators be knowledgeable not only in the legal system of their own country, but that where they are translating the documents from!

 

 

They may be difficult documents, but we have team members with vast experience in the medical and legal fields able to offer highly accurate translation services for you here at Surrey Translation Bureau. Talk to us today to explain your translation needs in greater detail by contacting us on 01252 733 999 or hello@surreytranslation.co.uk.

“Speak My Language”: More Thought Required Regarding Accessibility and Translation Services

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As a highly in-demand professional translation agency, Surrey Translation Bureau knows more than anyone just how vital translation services are in today’s increasingly multicultural society, whether they’re needed for personal matters or business transactions.

Following the findings of a recent report, councils have been urged to reassess the policies surrounding interpretation and translation, so that more effective services may be implemented across various public sectors. The report, undertaken by the Wales Audit Office, focuses on those whose main language is not English or Welsh, as well as deaf people who communicate using sign language, and states that many of these people struggle to access public services including governments schemes, Citizens Advice, or even health services due to language barriers.

Of course, this noticeably focuses on public sector companies, many of which are more likely to have policies in place for these situations, and most private businesses fall behind local authorities when it comes to matters such as language accessibility. That isn’t to say that the private sector fails completely; international businesses are more likely to be familiar when it comes to translation services, but even SMBs may want to consider options such as multiple language choices (with translations carried out by a professional translation agency) for their websites.

Ultimately, both public and private sectors need to familiarise themselves with the process of utilising translators and interpreters in order to best meet the needs of those using their services, and remove any language barriers that stand in the way of effective communication between different parties.

If you’re in need of a local professional translation agency with a team full of fully qualified linguistic professionals, then Surrey Translation Bureau is here to help! As an independent, family-owned business, we work with the qualified translators from around the world to ensure you get the best possible translation. Get in touch with us today to find out more about our various translation services, which also include extras such as localisation, transcription, and desktop publishing – simply call 01252 730 014, email hello@surreytranslation.co.uk, or fill out the pop-up form on any of our website pages.