Translation Promotes Understanding & Awareness:

Translation is an invaluable tool used by people in every industry and in all regions of the world. Reading a book written in another language, educational transcripts converted in order to attend a collage in a different country, having medical records or legal documents translated and even way-finding signs used to direct people and traffic all undergo the process of translation. Translation aims to promote awareness and understanding across linguistic and cultural borders. As technology has advanced, so has the idea of using machines to perform the task of translation. This sounds like a wonderful, cost effective and efficient idea until there is a true understanding of just how complex translation actually is and the detrimental outcomes that could potentially result if important information is poorly translated. It’s necessary to understand how machine translation works and what the technology is known for producing before using the oftentimes free service to have important information “professionally translated.”  

Machine Translation

Machine translation has really evolved over the past few years and seems to be progressing at a rapid pace. The idea of having an ear bud in your ear that’s able to aid you in communicating with a person who speaks a different language is remarkable. The advantages and opportunities this type of technology could provide are endless, however the translations would have to be exceptionally accurate and precise in order to be used for professional projects. Machine translation more or less takes a line of text in the source language and finds word substitutions in the target language. Oftentimes once the translation has been rendered there’s not a complete thought provided because there’s no way to program a machine to understand complex language ambiguities and cultural nuances that weigh in heavy on how a sentence or thought is perceived.

Machines don’t have the ability to understand idioms, jokes, slang, names or anything that alludes to a concept or references a source. It may be able to give you an idea to generally grasp the content but as far as accuracy and conveying a message, machine translation will leave you highly disappointed. In all actuality machine translation can leave you far worse than just disappointed. Using machine translation for tasks such as translating a legal document used in a murder trial or perhaps for a medical manual that lists the steps the doctor needs to take during a kidney transplant could allow the client to face injustice or cause additional injury or even death to the patient if a single word is mistranslated. Could you trust this type of information in the not so capable hands of machine translation software.

Human Translation:

Translation requires much more than just converting words from one language into another. To translate content accurately, nuances of language, cultural influences as well as historical and regional references all need to be considered in order to create a well rounded and exact translation. 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. This is why professional translators spend years developing their skills through intense education, training and vast amounts of experience. Working with professionals from the beginning ensures your project is completed with the highest regard for accuracy and can aid in the avoidance of negative outcomes.

Niki’s Int’l Ltd. is a language service company (LSC) with over 20 years experience in the language service industry. Niki’s Int’l Ltd. is aware of the critical need for precision and accuracy when it comes to translation, especially in the legal and medical fields. Pairing your translation project with the proper translator who has knowledge and experience in your specific subject matter is the best way to ensure a successful translation. If you’re in need of professional translation services, don’t waste time with the inaccuracies machine translation is known for, contact Niki’s Int’l Ltd. and rest easy in the fact your project will be handled with the highest regard for accuracy within the field.

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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