A guide to translation services

Translation services can be complicated for those who are new to using the service and there's lots of options to think about.

In this guide, we will look at some of the most frequently asked questions people ask around translations services. With our team, our interpreting experts are highly proficient in a vast array of business sectors and do their very best to help you to break through the language barrier. We specialise in business translation services, ensuring that documentation includes the correct legal, technical and commercial terminology, so that our clients are communicating effectively in the international market. We also assist with bespoke website certified translation services for all languages, effectively widening your audience and enabling your business to reach further afield.

  • What are translation services?

Translation Services provide support to companies and individuals allowing you to communicate effectively with a global audience in any language and across all subjects/areas. Working with highly skilled and qualified translators and interpreters enables us to successfully translate content in a way that takes into account cultural nuances, in-depth understanding of local language, technical terminology, in-depth knowledge of the business jargon, audience and purpose.

  • How much does a translation service cost?

Translation costs vary depending on a number of factors, such as word count, source content, file format, source and target languages, turnaround time.

  • What are the different types of translation services?

Each translation service is subject focused which follows a specific process and has a particular technique which suits its content and requirements. What works for one translation type might not work for another.

  • How much does it cost to translate official documents?

This will vary depending on the document and language required. Sometimes a notarisation is required and the document may need to be legalised depending on your requirement

  • How do I know if my translation is good?

A good translation should clearly convey the meaning of the original text, read smoothly, and be free from spelling or grammatical errors. Naturally, if you are unable to have an independent professional translator examine both documents, you will not be able to check this.

That is why selecting a professional translation service is critical. Our chamber translation services guarantee completed transactions are quality checked by a proof reader or editor before delivery to the customer.

  • How long does it take to get a document translated?

We offer fast document translations, but there are many variables in translation work, so we cannot offer a standard turnaround time. A short, non-technical document can be translated into a few languages within a few hours, whereas large, complex multilingual projects may take days or even weeks to complete. Whatever your timescale we will endeavour to work with you to meet your needs, and we will be entirely honest if we do not feel that a requested timescale can be met.

  • What languages does the chamber translation team offer?

We support all commercial world languages and routinely translate English to and from: French, Italian, German, Spanish (all), Portuguese (both), Dutch, Hungarian, Austrian, Czech, Slovak, Polish, Russian, Lithuanian, Latvian, Estonian, Arabic, Hebrew, Hindi, Thai, Korean, Chinese (both), Japanese, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, Greek, Turkish, Malay and Vietnamese.

  • Do you work with companies or private individuals?

The majority of our requests come from companies, but we also often work with private individuals and are happy to help them with their translation needs.

  • How can I get my documents to you?

Our preferred method to receive and deliver translations jobs is via email or secure electronic transfer. As well as being the most cost and time-efficient method, this ensures we can follow your layout requirements exactly without you incurring additional typesetting costs. If this isn’t possible we are able to arrange a secure handover for your document, just get in touch.

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