Category Archives: Translation

Usage in Professional Fields – Part Three

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The number of professional fields that require accurate, and complex translation is almost endless, but there is one field that stands out where translation is incredibly important and that is the field of medicine. The process of translating medical documents can literally be a life or death practice, with mistakes having potentially catastrophic and fatal consequences. The practice of medical translation is very wide reaching, with a variety of different needs and requirements which will be analysed further in this article. The Process of Medical Translation There are a variety of different documents that will require translation, ranging from data sheets and technical documents, right through to marketing and training […]

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Difficulties in Translation

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On the surface many people will believe that providing you can speak a language, you will be able to translate it – this is not the case, the art of translation requires a much deeper understanding of the language and multiple different factors come into play. For instance, when presented with a written document to translate, the writer may have used multiple synonyms to great effect, but the translator may not have those options in the language the text is being translated too, and will therefore be unable to create the same effect. Other problems that are prevalent with written translations are grammatical issues, it is not simply enough to […]

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The History and Origins of Translation – Part 2

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History has seen many translators, who are often unknown characters that have paved the way for great ideas of work and contributed amazing knowledge to the world. Some translators even lost their lives for their work, perhaps the most infamous being William Tyndale, an English scholar who translated the Bible into English and was subsequently executed for it. Tyndale’s translation was the first English Bible to draw directly from Hebrew and Greek texts and was the first to take advantage of the printing press. He was arrested and later executed on grounds of heresy, but eventually King Henry VIII authorised the Great Bible for the Church of England which was […]

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The History and Origins of Translation – Part 1

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“Translation” comes from a Latin phrase which literally means, “to bring or carry across”, and since the beginning of time humans have needed to be able to translate – whether that was actions and gestures needed for survival, or moving right up to the modern form of language translation we know today. Some of the earliest forms of written languages that are commonly known are Egyptian hieroglyphs, which were the formal writing system used in Ancient Egypt. These combined logographic – a written character that represents a word or a phrase, not dissimilar to Chinese characters, syllabic – a written character representing a syllable, and alphabetic elements with a total […]

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