Steps to Successful Translation

By keeping these points in mind before and during the process of translation, you are sure to emerge successful in your translation endeavor.

Simply put, translation is a method of converting the meaning of a text from one language to another. However, behind this straightforward method there lies an intricate mental operation which calls for a comprehensive understanding of grammar, language structure, idioms, etc.

with respect to the original and target language. Translation, by and large, has been a human activity; but, efforts have been made to automate the process using computerized tools. Computerized software for translation is generally not recommended since the software is incapable of getting hold of the pitch and tone of the text, unlike a human being, and thus, it cannot produce an ultimate refined translation. The best part is that excellence in translation is achievable, if certain concrete strategies and steps are followed.

Point for Successful Translation
First and the foremost, the translator must be a native speaker of the target language. He / she should have an in-depth knowledge of the target language.

  • The translation must be crisp and easy to comprehend as many native translators have a tendency to be over wordy. This gives rise to unnecessary complexity which one should avoid by all means.
  • The translation process must be robust, ensuring that content in the original language and the target language articulate the same message while taking into consideration a variety of restrictions placed on the translator.
  • A good translation, apart from being slick and eloquent, should be able to
    seize the elegance of the target language, its form of speech and its expression, while not letting go of the essence and the meaning of the content. Moreover, it should express the obvious as well as the inherent meaning of the original language into the target language as wholly and correctly as possible.
  • A successful translation also necessitates a higher degree of competence which comes from a continuous, disciplined study and practice. The translation of even obviously simple texts requires an in-depth awareness of the language as well as its environment.
  • Last but not the least; a highly successful translation is the one that is capable of establishing an inspiring rapport between people who speak and understand different languages.

By keeping these points in mind before and during the process of translation, you are sure to emerge successful in your translation endeavor.