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Importance of Translators and Interpreters in Global Business

Interpreters and translators provide services in a number of business areas, and they specialize in specific fields.

Some of the business areas in which translators and interpreters play a key role are:

• Medical interpreters and translators:

Medical interpreters help promote communication between hospital management and patients.

Medical translators also help translate patients' journals and hospital information brochures into patients' languages.

Medical interpreters and translators will have strong knowledge of medical and conversational terms in both languages, as well as the cultural aspect relating to how the patient receives the information.

• Localisation translators:

Localisation involves the complete adaptation of a product for use in a different language and culture.

A translator possesses a high degree of knowledge regarding the local users of the product.

The main goal of localisation translators is to adapt the product as if it had been originally manufactured in the country where it will be sold and supported.

• Specialized business translators:

Specialized business translation involves specialist translation in various fields such as, finance, economics, marketing etc.

An interpreter or translator will have sound knowledge of the respective businesses and markets and current events.

An example of this type of service is specialized business translation in financial markets.

This involves the translation of documents such as financial statements, mutual funds reports, regulatory statements and reports etc.

into the target language.

• Conference interpreters:

Conference interpreters work in international fora such as WTO, the World Bank etc.

where the participants come from around the world.

Some times, these interpreters are also used as mediators among international businesses that operate in foreign countries.

Conference interpreters often have the ability to interpret from at least two passive languages to one active language, for example, from Spanish and French into English.

Translators and interpreters assist cross-cultural communication among businesses by converting written or verbal language into the target language.

Thus, interpreters and translators play a vital role in global business.

Language is already imprecise, and the tendency of the average person to omit, alter, or embellish the words of another is well known. It doesn't take much contemplation to reach the conclusion that the ability to communicate clearly is not as common as is often assumed, especially when it comes to conveying complex concepts or technical or specialized language. Friends, acquaintances, and especially employees often tend to overstate their abilities and understate their shortcomings -- people don't like to disappoint someone they know. It can be unsettling to think that the more unrealistic a person's sense of their own abilities the more likely they are to feel the need to make a

display of them, perhaps seen as a momentous opportunity to do something different, exciting, or important.

The question is: can risking your critical business or legal communications on a non-professional be worth the incidental savings?

Probably not. Hiring a professional interpreter is the only way these problems can be avoided with any reasonable degree of confidence. Competent professional interpreters meet industry standards in their methods of interpreting: The wording and meaning of what is said is to be followed as closely as linguistically possible. Nothing is to be unnecessarily added or omitted. Mastery of, or at least familiarization with, vocabulary appropriate to the task is completed in advance. The ability to interpret consecutively or simultaneously is required. Professionally appropriate timeliness, manners, and dress standards are followed.

Jun 09, 2020 by Mohd Ali Saifi