Please consider the following points when sourcing a translation:
Does the whole document need to be
We may be able to help you identify the relevant areas for translation
before starting work.
What is it for?
Translating a brochure, article or report for publication may take longer
than an internal document required for "information only". Please
tell us how the translation will be used and allow sufficient time for
the translation process.
Please let us know if there are any particular style requirements. For
example, adherence to US English spelling conventions or in-house terminology.
Reference material (e.g. relevant product/brand or personal names, company
information, etc.) is invaluable for a translator and will enhance the
Leave as much time as possible for the translation. Avoid a rushed translation
without time for proper research, reflection and enhancement.
What about machine translation?
It may be helpful in deciding whether or not to have something translated,
but even the best machine-translated text will require proofreading and
For more guidance, we recommend the ITI's downloadable guide for businesses
- getting it right.