How to find the best English to Spanish professional translators
Doing business translations in Spanish is a complex task that requires different stakeholders to get involved in the process to produce a high quality outcome. Be prepared to sit down with your English to Spanish professional translators to give them in-depth information about your project if you want them to make the right decisions along the way.
But before we dive deep, are you still considering whether you need professional translators?
When hiring an accountant, a solicitor, a financial advisor, a training facilitator, a mechanic, a tradesman or auditor, you will always at a minimum, require that are certified and qualified in their field. This same minimum requirement should always be extended when hiring the services of a translator too.
Just as there are many accountants, solicitor and tradesmen out there operating without having acquired any certifications or studied any qualifications in their field, the same occurs in the translation field. There are lots of translators out there operating with any official certifications or qualifications – and it may never cross your mind to ask about their qualifications! Read this article to to discover more reasons why you should hire Spanish to English professional translators rather than having a friend of a friend do the job for free.
Finding the best English to Spanish professional translators is not as easy as finding a good German or Italian NAATI certified translator. Spanish is spoken across 22 different countries, each of them with their own culture, beliefs and linguistic variations. And if you are looking for a professional translator to take care of your business translations in Spanish, then the risk of not getting it right is even higher.
To find the best English into Spanish professional translators, it's important to first stop and think about the following:
Don't hire a Spanish translator from Spain if you are trying to reach a Latin American audience, or vice-versa. We can't stress this enough. If you already have a preferred provider, make sure they are properly briefed and they use an English into Spanish professional translator who is originally from the country you are trying to reach.
If you are trying to reach Spain and Latin America, we recommend that you get two different translations, localised to the needs of each continent. Although there are situations when you could get away with only having one version, it's best not to put your marketing efforts at risk by producing neutral translations.
So when can you get away with using a neutral version of Spanish?
The purpose of producing a neutral version of Spanish is for all Spanish-speakers to understand, even if it doesn't sound natural to anybody. So if the purpose of your business translations in Spanish is purely to get your message across, perhaps a neutral Spanish is the way to go. For example, a user guide, an instructions manual or a notice.
But be very mindful that neutral language will not 'convince' anyone to take an action, it will never be suitable for marketing copy. This is because marketing copy is heavily reliant on culture, beliefs and traditions. And those affect language more than you can ever think.
So if your business translations in Spanish need to speak to your audience's hearts, don't risk it. Get a translator that really understands your clients.
Translators specialise in different areas of knowledge. Marketing translators tend to be experts in transcreation, which is the process of adapting a message from one language to another, while maintaining its intent, style, tone, and context. Marketing translators are generally really good at writing marketing copy, a lot of them are also copywriters.
Legal translators have extensive knowledge of the legal systems of the source and target countries, just like Spanish into English professional translators specialised in IT or software have a very in-depth knowledge of those areas.
You get the idea, right?
3. Previous experience
Thoroughly review your Spanish into English professional translators' experience. If you are working with a translation company, ask to see the resumes of the translator in charge of your project. This way you can make sure that your Spanish translator has experience in translating similar content.
4. Standard QA process
Most providers of business translations in Spanish would have standard quality assurance processes in place. Make sure they have a system to guarantee that your translations will be error-free and culturally appropriate. Here at Sylaba, we have a quality guarantee so in the unlikely event that you are not satisfied with your translations, we will keep working on them at no extra cost until you are 100% happy.
Having strict quality assurance processes gives you the piece of mind that your business translations in Spanish will be top notch.
To wrap it all up
We recommend that you start by filling out our free project plan template. It will help you get your thoughts in order and make sure you don't leave anything behind. Remember, when it comes to business translations in Spanish, planning is key.