Main Types of Translations and Their Use

Main Types of Translations and Their Use

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Last Updated: March 4, 2022
By: Rana Hamodah

This is the period of globalisation and technical advancements, including innovations that have altered history’s direction. One thing that stands out in all of business and technical activities is a company’s capacity to develop cross-border communication, which is the cornerstone of corporate expansion. The field of translation encompasses a large and diverse range of activities. There are several translation processes, ideas regarding translation, and distinct sorts of translation services, such as technical translation, legal translation, and sworn translation. The following are the most popular translation types:

Literary Translation

Plays, novels, verses, poetry, and other literary works are all translated using this method. Many people consider literary translation to be one of the best types of translation since it goes beyond simply text translation. A literary translator must be able to convey humour, cultural subtleties, sentiments, and other finer aspects of literary works.

Computer Translation

(CAT) Computer-assisted translation (also known as Machine-assisted human translation or (MAT) Machine-assisted translation) is a type of translation software that assists a human translator in the translation process. This sort of translation is created by people, with software assisting in certain areas of the process; on the other side, in Machine translation, the translation is done by a machine.

General Translation

As the name implies, general translation is concerned with non-specialized translations. There is no need for technical or particular terminology in the language utilised. The majority of translation labour comes under this category, and it might be written or spoken.

Software Localization

The user interface must be translated, however that is not the sole characteristic of software localization. It also deals with system messages, error messages, and help files, and the content must be tailored to the target culture in this respect. The translator may have to deal with the issue of internationalisation on occasion. Coca-Cola, for example, is a brand that is accessible to practically everyone on the planet. Now that the Coca-Cola company wants a website in several languages, it would make more sense to have the software manage multiple languages rather than constructing numerous websites, which may cost a lot of money. This will allow the website visitor to select his preferred language from the list.

Commercial Translation

This type of translation necessitates the translator’s mastery of particular abilities, such as knowledge of business jargon and the industry in which the company operates. Business reports, communications, memoranda, corporate accounts, and tender papers are examples of texts that are translated into commercial documents. If a business works with legal documents, this might lead to a connection with legal translation.

One of the most challenging translations is legal translation. Marriage and birth certificate translations, as well as treaties, contracts, memorandums, agreements, and wills, are all examples of legal translation. A professional translator must be aware of numerous underlying contexts of legal documents as well as the underlying contexts of the two states or regions for whom the papers are intended, such as politico-legal and socio-cultural issues. They’d next have to convert it into a language that the target audience can comprehend.

Technical Translations

Technical translation is the translation of technical information such as manuals, user guides, films, training materials, instruction booklets, online help text, and marketing materials for technical subjects such as science, manufacturing, or engineering.

Medical Translations

Medical translation encompasses all aspects of the medical industry. From the packaging to specialist guides for medical literature or

instruments, for example. Medical translation, like legal translation, is highly specialised, and any mistranslation or inaccuracy can have devastating effects. Medical document translation may be challenging as well, because the standards of translation varies from one state to the next; a firm or translator that specialises in medical papers might be one’s best choice, as they will be familiar with all of the criteria in detail.

Multimedia Localization

Multimedia translation refers to the translation of images, animations, films, GIFs, and infographics, and is one of the most common forms of translation in the world. Companies generate and disseminate multimedia material in order to reach a larger audience, which must be translated into different languages in order to keep the audience interested. Although localization and translation of multimedia material appear to be easy, they are extremely difficult since they must also be modified to local culture and norms. If done incorrectly, it may cause your viewers to abandon your multimedia material.

Financial Document Translation

Financial papers, such as account statements, bank records, and financial statements, must be translated to make them easier to grasp and comprehend for the target audience. Despite the fact that the text to be translated is not long, it must be done accurately and properly by certified translation professionals in Canada. It’s possible that a translator may be necessary to convert the currencies, which will necessitate a cautious translation technique.

About the author

Rana Hamodah

As a migrant to Canada, Rana understands the challenges newcomers face and how access to information can help ease the transition.

Her two Bachelors of Arts in Linguistics and Literature and Translation paired with her Masters in Education and her candidacy for a Ph.D. in Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy (EDD) at the university of British Columbia make her uniquely qualified in ethnocultural communications. She is a Commissioner for Oath and can administer oaths and take, receive, and attest affidavits, affirmations and declarations. Currently, she is also pursuing her Immigration Consultant Certificate.