Test translations are one of the most disputed matters in the translation industry. Customers use them when selecting a translation agency and the latter uses them to hire translators. Some people think tests are a necessary evil; others believe they are compulsory; while there are those who question their usefulness altogether. Let’s consider this phenomenon from different points of view.
The Internet is teeming with guidelines regarding skills translators must possess in order to be considered good. As a rule, they all mention the same qualities: perfect proficiency in foreign languages and flawless mastery of the native one, ability to “sense” linguistic subtleties, integration with the language environment, extensive vocabulary, advanced computer skills etc.
Not only do you, some of your friends and your brother Alex consider yourselves to be translators, but so does just about anyone else who has ever studied a language. But getting a degree is really just theory. When that theory comes into contact with how language is really used, this can result in countless mistakes, misunderstandings and conflicts. This article is about how to avoid such situations.
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