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Expertise and cost, how to hire a professional Arabic translator
With the advent in technology, it became theoretically possible for anyone to claim being a professional translator, produce a sound resume, or even ask somebody else to do it for them. Suggesting a low rate may encourage companies looking for a good profit margin to take them.
For project managers, not knowing Arabic very well is one reason which helps such low profile translators go unchecked.
The majority of clients won’t make the difference between professional work and a translation full of mistakes in the target language. This is simply because nobody would expect a university graduate professional translator to make mistakes in his/her native language. However, due to the complexity of Arabic grammar and its style as well as the deficiencies in some educational systems, it is often difficult to recruit professional native Arabic speakers.
How does it happen?
If we consider that the problem of hiring a professional Arabic native speaker is problematic, it doesn’t mean we accuse all professionals in the field. We don’t mean Arabic translators are unprofessional, either. It also makes sense to say that we are not advocating this position to show that we are the only people who provide high quality work. We agree with many language providers on the need to find a balance between cost and professionalism without compromising for quality. The point we are trying to make here is that it is in our interest to standardise the hiring of translations in order to protect the profession.
The problem is often noticed by those who handle Arabic proofreading jobs. You often fell you are dealing with a machine translation production, or an unrevised translation, in the best case. It is true that the morphological structure of English is quite problematic for learners. But, this should not be the case for university graduate native speakers. The type and frequency of mistakes raise the question: Who is responsible for this?
For whom does the bell toll?
It tolls for everybody. It is not the educational institution alone. However, as translation services providers, we should take serious measures to maintain a high standard of language production and translation output. Hence, from our side we need to employ high calibre translators and help those in difficulty by encouraging them to work with professional proofreaders. Instead of paying unnecessarily for special proofreading or retranslation, we would better avoid the unprofessional ones and give help to those who are qualified but less experienced. In a word, we need to adjust our recruitment procedures and methods when it comes to language pairs in similar situations.
What are the effective recruiting procedures?
For hiring new full time or freelance translators, please refer to the below set of quality procedures. A professional translator is not only a native speaker who knows two languages: source target languages. She/he is not the one who occasionally translates for extra income without exercising constantly. The recruitment procedure should take into consideration the following points:
? A recognisable university degree.
? A verifiable work experience of three years, at least.
? A certification from a professional organisation or proven training.
? Certified knowledge and training to use TM (translation memory).
? Availability to undertake a timed test, either online or onsite (in our office).
? Reference from a client for whom you have worked as a full time translator.
The first four requirements do not necessarily give a professional translator, but the test shows the capacities and skills the candidate has. An authentic reference is also very reliable and also useful in tracing the past professional experience of the person. Hence, our aim is not only to protect our reputation, but also to safeguard the profession from outsiders.
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