Increased Need for Accurate Translation:

Poor translation comes in many forms, it has been known to be funny at times and offensive at others. With globalization on the rise and the increase in immigration, the need for accuracy in translation is now a priority. Accurate translation is not limited to street signs and menus, but documentation regarding medical, legal, governmental or educational information as well. There are 25.1 million limited English proficient (LEP) people living in America, whether you’re providing services, healthcare or selling products, accurately communicating with such a large demographic is key in sustaining business. It’s easy to become misguided on the importance of translation in our diverse society and as a result poor translations are oftentimes found in even the most critical content.

Steer Clear of Disasters By Following These Tips:

Never Use Machine Translation (MT) Software:

Free online translation is a wonderful tool if you’re traveling or need to engage in a simple exchange with a person who speaks a different language. Using MT can help you get the gist of general conversation, however it’s known for its inaccuracies and should never be trusted as an alternative to professional translation services. MT software produces errors more often than not, which could lead to dangerous misunderstandings in medical emergencies or regarding legal matters. Bad translation is misguiding and can in turn cause substantial damage to a person’s life, property, liberty and livelihood if not handled with the professionalism it requires. If you have an important or official document in need of translation, hiring a professional language service company is truly the only option to ensure accuracy. Although MT software may save time and money the repercussions of not using a professional language service company can be severe and more expensive in the long run.

Avoid Using Cheap Language Service Companies:

When it comes to language services, you really do get what you pay for. Saving money is great but sacrificing quality will gain you access to inexperienced and unqualified linguists. If the price seems too low, then you are probably going to be disappointed with the outcome of the project. Avoid costly errors by enlisting high quality translation services that utilize a thorough quality control process to ensure all translations are not only linguistically but culturally and technically accurate. Don’t fall victim to the repercussions associate with mistranslations, it can be a lot more costly to clean up a translation mishap after it’s occurred.  

Hire a Professional Language Service Company:

The art of translation can only be successfully completed by hiring a language service company (LSC) who will connect you with a professional who has the skill, knowledge and experience in your specific field of expertise. Professional translators have the ability to convert the source language’s original tone, meaning, content and cultural cues into the target language with accuracy and attention to the finest detail. Working with professionals from the beginning ensures your project is completed with the highest regard for accuracy and can help you avoid negative outcomes from the start. Language service companies pair your project with the most competent and experienced translator for the job. The translator assigned to your project will have experience translating for the subject matter which your documents reference. They will also be familiar with your industry’s terminology and jargon. Understanding the importance of hiring a professional is the first step in avoiding potential misunderstandings caused by poor translation. It’s easier to avoid a translation error in the beginning as opposed to having to fix one after the damage is already done. Poor translation can ruin your reputation, offend whole demographics and potentially put patients at risk of receiving misguided care. Leaving the critical task of document translation to the professional can ensure you do not fall victim to the negative outcomes poor translation can cause.

Niki’s Int’l Ltd. is a WBENC-Certified Women Business Enterprise with 20 years of language service experience. A global network of highly skilled interpreters and translators are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for on-site, telephonic and video remote interpretation services. Our linguists are available in over 350 languages and dialects, and our network includes certified interpreters and translators. Our work is guaranteed with a $1 Million Errors & Omissions policy, so that you can be confident that your project will be completed with the highest level of quality and professionalism within the field. For more information contact us at 1-877-567-8449 or visit our website at

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