Every year on the 30th September we celebrate the work of translators around the world on International Translation Day. All too often there is a common misconception that anyone who knows two or more languages can be a translator. But does everyone with two legs know how to dance?
Translators are here to stay!
Translators have been around since ancient times, and contrary to popular belief, there is no indication that the role of the translator will die out anytime soon despite the advent of machine translation. As long as people need to communicate, there will be a need for professional translators. While there is no denying that translators will need to adapt and learn new skills to succeed in this global digital era, the language services sector as a whole shows no sign of slowing down, with an expected average year on year growth of 7.4% according to the Common Sense Advisory, largely due to increasing globalization and the content revolution.
What makes a superhero translator?
We happen to think that translators are a pretty amazing bunch of people!
Indeed, professional translators are required these days to carry out a number of different tasks on every single project including performing research, applying style guides, reviewing, checking terminology and running quality checks all the while working with various language technology tools.
This coupled with the fact that translators often work from home under considerable time pressure means that translators, now more than ever before, need to rely on an ever-increasing number of essential skills in order to get the job done.
Not forgetting, of course, that professional translators must have specific expertise and knowledge of their chosen subject matter (it is not unusual for our translators to have degrees in disciplines such as engineering or medicine as well as qualifications in translation).
So this year, we decided to find out just what it takes to be a superhero translator. And who better to ask than the previous winners of our AD Vendor Awards for Excellence:
Do you agree? What other skills do translators need to possess in order to succeed? Let us know in the comments section below!
Happy International Translation Day 2017!