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Translations in 65+ languages
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Did you know 5 million Australians
speak a language other than English at home?

We specialise in delivering high quality translations that are clear, respectful and culturally appropriate.

To do this, we take the time to understand your project and develop a fit-for-purpose strategy that will get you, and your community, the results you are looking for. We have developed strong connections with a large professional network of linguists such as professional translators, proofreaders, community checkers, copywriters and interpreters.

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Sylaba Translation offers highly personalised, professional community translations services, plain language editing and training programs.

Health and community translations are our main area of focus:

    Translation of health promotion materials

    Translations of fact sheets, flyers, brochures, posters and booklets

    Translations of videos, infographics and presentations

    Translations of websites and other multimedia platforms

    Translations of media releases

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Case study: How Cultural Adaptation
Works in Translation Projects

    Translation is not just about language. Culture plays an important role in how effective content can be. As such, cultural adaptation is a key component of our quality-driven translation process. Here is how that can look like:

    A peak cancer organisation in Australia engaged Sylaba Translations in the translation into 9 languages of a set of fact sheets. The purpose of the translations was to inform Australian migrants, refugees and asylum seekers of basic information about cancer and cancer prevention.

    In our initial scoping session we identified the risk of certain concepts being culturally sensitive. For the translations to be effective, we knew that we needed to mitigate these risks by adapting the message to the beliefs of each cultural group.

    To do this, we ran community consultations prior to translation to:

    understand the barriers that different communities have when it comes to cancer prevention.

    address those barriers and produce information that speaks to each audience.

    This is some of what came out of the consultations:

    Some Arabic and Indian communities believe cancer is contagious.

    Some minorities in the Greek community believe cancer is incurable.

    Can you catch cancer from someone else? No. Cancer is not contagious. People can’t catch it from someone who has it. It is safe to be near someone who has skin cancer or any other type of cancer.

    Because this statement only applied to the Arabic and Indian communities, we only included it in the Arabic and Hindi translations.

    Cultural adaptation at work!

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