Many people feel that translation is a task that is easy, straight-forward and free. If you just need to translate an email or a few line of text, free translation tools are usually enough. But if you are dealing with business documents or any marketing materials that need to be printed, you need a professional translation service.
1. Anyone can be a translator as long as he or she knows a foreign language. Personally, I feel that this is the most common misconceptions about translation. Knowing a foreign language does not make one a professional translator. First of all, a translator needs to have a deep understanding in at least 2 languages: a mother tongue language and a foreign language. Next, he or she needs to write well. Last but not least, different countries have different cultural influences on language. If you want your documents or work to connect well with the people in a foreign country, you need to translate the text according to their culture.
2. Translation is free. With the Internet, you can find tons of free translation tools online. However, these tools do not understand the language culture. Therefore, the text translated may not be as accurate as you think it is.
3. Translation is easy. This is another misconception that I will like to address in this article. Translation is not easy. Period. It can be a daunting and complex task if you do not have a great deal of experience, concentration and patience. It is also a very tiring task because a translator needs to continuously move between 2 languages and mind frames. He or she will need to read and digest the information before writing them in the target language.
4. A professional translation service is not necessary. Yes to some extent. It really depends on the work that needs to be done. As I have mentioned earlier on, if you just need to translate a simple email, free translation tool can do the job. However, if you need to translate business documents and marketing materials for your company, you need a professional translation service to produce work with standard and accuracy.
After all, it is your choice. To sum up everything, the bottom line is this: if you need a professional, accurate and decent translation work, then hire a professional and reputable translation agency or translator.