If the document has any value or importance whatsoever you should always consider using a professional language translation service like International Contact, Inc. Sure, there are other websites that claim to do it for free. The reality is you will receive a horrendous translation – believe it or not, computers still can’t understand the difference between ‘running to work’ and ‘running your mouth.’ A highly skilled and experienced human translator is always necessary if your goal is to put forth a positive image for your company, product, or service.
You might think a bilingual intern or a secretary is the answer, but this could potentially lead to huge problems with tiny culpability. Most foreign markets, generally quick to become brand loyal, will render a harsh and permanent judgment on your bad first impression.
In today’s “I need it yesterday” environment, things are always urgent and frequently done last minute. But if at all possible, adequate time should be allowed for the translation process. When dealing with technical or complex materials, it might take almost as long to translate your text as did to write it originally.
Finally, be aware that purchasing professional translation services may not be as cheap as an intern or secretary. Translation is a highly skilled professional service, just like a consultant, lawyer, or accountant. The final product is often directly linked to the price you pay. Translation is more than linguistic knowledge or accuracy. Translators at International Contact are also sensitive to industry vocabulary, project timelines and the intended audience of any document.