With the expanding global economy, the number of translation companies is constantly growing to meet the demand for translated materials. Dutch translation companies are those which are equipped with the necessary people (translators) and tools (translation technology) to handle translation into Dutch. If you need Dutch translation services, take the time to learn about how your potential Dutch translation company is equipped in these areas.
While some Dutch translation companies maintain an in-house team of native Dutch speakers, some create a network of off-site translators who they employ on a per-project basis. Both models can result in successful translations, as long as the projects are coordinated and managed properly. In fact, drawing upon the skills of freelance Dutch translators can allow a Dutch translation company to match projects with translators who have relevant knowledge or experience.
Regardless of where the translators are located, the Dutch translation company who employs them should require them to meet the following qualifications:
- Education: At least a Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent degree, in their language.
- Accreditation: Available through a national or international accrediting organization like the American Translator’s Association.
- Professional Development: Generally, more experience means more advanced skills.
- Technical Skills: Translation memory tools, perhaps desktop publishing applications.
Dutch Translation Technology
Dutch translation companies should incorporate translation memory (TM) tools (for example, Trados, Déjà Vu, or Catalyst) into their Dutch translation workflow. Such tools assist translators in managing terminology and repurposing repeated text for added consistency and efficiency. Depending on the services they offer, your Dutch translation company should possess the latest versions of applications for creating and/or editing software, documentation, online help, and Web sites.
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