Translation and translators in the market

Translation is mostly conceived as a pure language knowledge and automatic activity performed by those who “can speak” or “know” one or more foreign languages. Few know that it’s a skilled and creative action and that in order to take it a suitable preparation is needed.

The business market is requiring more and more skilled translators in order to translate their documentation and websites, so appearently companies address to professionals in order to get their translations done. Agencies and freelance translators have a good load of work (even though translation demand is lower than the offer). By the way, if we consider results our certainties start to fade away. This is not a general rule or hypothesis applying to all countries in the world; Europe, in particular the southern area, has nothing to do with translators’ status in the USA. If we have a look at localized websites, for instance, we can spot the results of these differences. I recently read on an Italian recruitment website the wonderful translation from English into Italian of the word interview into intervista. Unfortunately localization is often considered as the less creative field of translation and the simplest from a fraseological point of view. As a matter of fact many freewares, web applications and social networks are translated by volunteers and this is certainly not a way of recognizing the importance of translation and localization! If a single term has been wrongly translated, it’s very likely not to there have been a translator behind it.

There’s a huge gap between big companies who search for specialized translators in order to translate software and websites and the examples above made.

Will it be a matter of budget or of common declassification of translation activities? The only conclusion we can come to is to advise to address to professional translators and agencies for both translators and company’s results protection! How and what we write and say is often more important than any marketing strategy!