Translation

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The Craft of Translation

Have you ever known what you want to say, but cannot find a way to convey the words without changing the meaning behind them? Have you ever said something that would make perfect sense in your native language, however, you come to realize it doesn’t quite make sense in the language that you’re speaking? It…

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Do you know who can certify a translation?

In Canada, only a Certified Member in good standing with a provincial association of translators and interpreters, which are members of the national Canadian Translators, Terminologists and Interpreters Council (“CITTIC”), in the specific language combination can certify a document as a “certified translation”. In my case, I am a Certified Translator (English to Spanish) and…

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A Translator Is An Artist

Did you know that not all translations or interpretations are created equal; some require the translator or interpreter to be extremely creative and crafty in order to capture the meaning of the phrase. I am talking about things like those listed below: Words with double-meanings that may be hard to understand; Metaphors, catchphrases or jargon;…

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HOW TO RECOGNIZE A GOOD TRANSLATION

We have frequently been asked to discuss bad translations and/or translation errors that we have seen over our years of practice; instead, today I thought that it would be better to discuss how to recognize a translation that is well done. A good translation is where the translator is invisible, imperceptible; A good translation sings,…