The world is full of preconceptions and the translation profession is not exempt from this inevitable fate. In fact, translators are always engaged in the never-ending battle of educating the customer. Today we want to try to debunk the most common translation myths.
First and foremost we have: ‘Everyone who can speak two or more languages can be a translator’. If this was true, the world would be overflowing with translators. Luckily for the actual professionals, knowing two languages does not necessarily mean that a person can translate between those languages. There is so much more behind the mere knowledge of the language, despite the general skepticism of the public.
The second fairly common misconception is that translating from one language to another is the same as translating in the reverse direction. In reality, translators should always translate into their own native language and not vice-versa, unless they are perfectly bilingual, which is rare.
Third is the ‘translators can translate any subject matter’ belief. Unless they have an encyclopedic knowledge of everything due to extensive studies, translators tend to specialize in only a few key areas. In the same way that a cook or a painter probably wouldn’t be able to discuss the intricacies of engineering, a translator specialized in cuisine or art would unlikely be able to translate a technical engineering text.
Another myth that is often the source of misunderstandings is the conviction that translators can deliver any translation within a very short turnaround time. Clients sending a translation request expecting the job done on the following day is a not unheard of. Translators are not machines; they need sufficient time to deliver a quality product.
Here at LingoStar, we have specialized translators from all over the world able to work on any type of document. We can provide language services in over 100 languages as well as English. Call us today or send us an email for a free quote!