A translator is an essential link between people who speak different languages. At the core, a translator facilitates written communication between two or more persons who speak different languages and are unable to directly communicate. They often work on documents for broader consumption such as brochures, books, and advertisements. However, a translator often does more than just translate; frequently, they also educates her clients about the history, culture, and customs of the people with whom the client is seeking to communicate. Armed with this cultural knowledge, the translator helps ensure that the client is able to abide by local customs and therefore not engage in taboo behavior.
Translators also translate terminology lists, drawings, presentations, operation procedures, manuals, memos, various electronic data, and other sensitive material. To effectively translate these technical documents, the translator must have in-depth knowledge about the subject matter itself, that way a robust, clean, and clear translation can be produced.
Due to the variety of clients for whom that a translator can work, it is hard to generalize the hours and schedule for a translator. Further, the educational requirements for the position can vary due to the necessity of understanding content material for international companies.
- Maintain confidentiality of all translations and engagements as needed.
- Identify and resolve misunderstandings of meaning quickly and tactfully while maintaining neutrality.
- Translate communications dynamically or statically while preserving context, content, and intent.