A translator is a person who translates written texts from one language into another. In a certain sense, translators can be seen as “intermediaries” between people, companies, public bodies and organizations that use different languages, alphabets and writing systems.
The main tasks of a translator typically include;
- Translating written texts from one language into another, maintaining the concepts, tone, cultural references and nuances of the original source text
- Proofreading translations and ensuring that they are free from errors
- Ensuring that translated texts meet all relevant editorial requirements, i.e. in terms of layout, style, font etc.
- Delivering translated texts in accordance with the agreed deadline
- Perfect command of target and source languages
- Extensive knowledge of the culture and society of the country in which the source language is spoken
- Good general knowledge
- Knowledge of translation techniques
- Knowledge of translation tools, e.g. CAT tools, dictionaries, terminology databases and glossaries
- Ability to use common computer software applications
- Communication skills
- Precision and reliability