How to Train for Translation Work
A translator not only needs to translate one language to another, they also convey thoughts and ideas. Translators and interpreters are different. Interpreters convert one spoken language into another. Translators convert written materials from one language to another. In both careers a person needs to have a strong understanding of two separate languages. One language should be their own and the other that of another culture. In order for a person to have a good grasp on writing in their own language an education is strongly preferred. Obtaining a Bachelor's Degree will help them master their language in the written form.
For those that do not grow up in an environment in which two languages are used for communicating consistently, education can also help. They can start with taking language courses in high school, maybe sooner. They should continue the language in college and choose that language as their major. While in college a person should study abroad in order to spend time with another culture and participate in exchange programs. Being around those that speak the chosen language will help a person gain a better understanding; not only the spoken language, but the environment in general.
Once a person decides that a translation career is right for them they can enroll in a certification and training program. Knowing a second language is the way to start but there is always plenty to learn when it comes to this career. By enrolling in a training and certification program a person can improve their skills and qualifications. This will also give them better career choices. Translators work in schools, healthcare, social assistance, government, agencies, publishing companies, telephone companies, and airlines are only a few places that hire translators. With the diversity of culture in the world there are endless possibilities for translators and the need for them will continue to grow at a fast rate.
How to train for translation work? Learn two languages and learn them well. A person's native language may come easy but they will need to put a lot of work and effort into truly mastering the language of another. Engage in the environment of the other culture. Learn their dialects, their actions, their words. Learn to read and write that language using the proper spelling and grammar just as you know how to read and write the first language. Take college courses and certification and training courses and never stop learning because the language never stops changing.
-By Adriana Tassini
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