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6 reasons to hire a language expert in South Africa
In case you will be visiting South Africa, do not forget, that many people in South Africa do not speak your language. While South Africa has quite a large number of languages, accents and spoken dialects, this does not help if you speak none of them. You can harm your reputation if you come to your partners or customers without a business negotiation interpreter to negotiate price or delivery terms. We can tell you a large number of misunderstanding due to the language barrier which has led to serious losses for both parties.
Babr is the Best place to find and contact language gurus in South Africa. On this platform, you can find over 700 interpreters and translators in over 70 major cities in South Africa and contact them directly at no cost. You can find here translators and interpreters from English, French, Russian, German, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, Mandarin, Slovak, Czech, Norwegian, and other 35 languages. Why would you need them? Find the answers below.
Conference, seminar, and presentation interpreters
When you plan to visit a conference, training, seminar, or workshop in South Africa, these events are a little complex and you will most probably need a simultaneous or conference interpreter in South Africa with a strong linguistic background. Many of the interpreters cannot perform such conference interpreting in an acceptable way, as these often challenge them to have a super complex linguistic qualifications, ability to concentrate, and use complex equipment that can be rented from organizers of the event.
Depending on the event type simultaneous interpreters in South Africa can help you during such events to properly understand the speech of the presenter or lecturer. If you come to a conference without having a professional conference interpreter, you may miss important information as such events are very informative and difficult to understand.
Simultaneous interpreters are very professional in the language combinations they serve. This also involves slang, dialects, culture, tradition aspects, and history of the people involved in the discussion or a conference. In order to deliver a speech correctly, they must have these skills, otherwise, they fail. Usually they also familiar with the setup of standard conference interpreting equipment, including interpreting console, and audio system. To ensure effective delivery of the speech, they should also have a confident and pleasant voice. A lot of concentration and short-term memory are required to listen to the source speaker, perceive it correctly, and interpret it into the target language, all at the same time. While getting prepared for the conference or a seminar, they study and research the subject and acquire new vocabulary. Most professional interpreters have an active vocabulary of more than 20,000 words and over 130,000 words as a passive vocabulary.
Business negotiation interpreter
How can an interpreter serve their clients the best way? First, they should be qualified for this job and should have thorough knowledge about the business of their clients. Secondly, they must know business terminology and learn technical terms which can be used in this business. Last, but not least, they should know the general behavior of the interpreter during business meetings.
Sometimes, you may need a business negotiation interpreter while conducting business or corporate negotiations with potential partners or clients. Also, when you attend international trade fairs, you may want to go to different stands to learn about new products or potential business cooperation. Such visits will also involve business-specific discussions and price negotiations with potential partners or customers. To make successful your business partnering, do not underestimate the role of a well-skilled exhibition interpreter in South Africa who can assist you.
Interpreter for a healthcare consultation or translation of a medical document in South Africa
While considering to visit a doctor abroad, make sure you either understand the language yourself or have someone to help you, since the doctors want to be sure that you can describe your symptoms correctly and also understand the doctor's speech and prescriptions. If a patient does not speak a local language, hiring a medical interpreter or translators in South Africa on hand is important, particularly in the case of rarer languages. While finding and hiring a medical interpreter or a translator, make sure he or she is experienced in the medical field you are looking for. Ask for proof of qualifications and references.
When visiting a doctor in a country in which the language is different from yours, think of how you are going to communicate with a doctor in a hospital. Most of the time doctors speak English, but it is not always the case. Ask the secretary in advance if the doctor you are going to visit speaks your language. If not, look for linguistic support directly in the clinic or hire a medical interpreter.
Professional medical interpreter in South Africa may help you during a medical check-up or, if required, also accompany you during a complex operation and later provide you a translation of the medical report issued by the hospital. There are many locations you can choose an interpreter from, there are available in the largest cities in South Africa. Visiting a doctor in a foreign country requires knowledge of a local language to illuminate any misunderstanding regarding your health. You risk your health if you do not speak the language and do not have a linguistic support in the hospital as you may not be able to explain the symptoms or medications your previous doctor prescribed. Before visiting a doctor for a medical check-up or complex surgery it is advisable to translate a medical report in South Africa to help your physician to read the report and assess your recent and current health situation. Also, many health insurance companies, who cover the cost of the treatment ask for a certified medical translation of your medical report to be able to cover the expenses.
Technical, engineering, and IT interpreters in South Africa
We live in a fast-developing technological world, where many companies constantly produce a large amount of technical documentation like user manuals, testing procedures, technical drawings, sketches, scientific and technical publications. All these often need to be translated into another language and requires a TOP level and qualified technical translator in South Africa, which has an engineering background or technical expertise to process technical terminology. Various technical documents contain a lot of specific terms and an adequate understanding of the is essential for technical translators.
Technical translation covers the language translation of numerous sorts of specific messages during a technical or scientific event and requires an elevated level of subject information and dominance of the pertinent terminology. While selecting a qualified technical language expert, pay an attention to the background of the language expert you are going to hire, as not all experts can interpret during a complex hardware installation or during the training of a highly sophisticated technical product.
When you plan to perform an audit or inspection of the company or factory, you may need to hire a technical interpreter for GMP audit in South Africa. While selecting a specialist who is going to work with you during the audit in a pharma company or in a production site, always take a highly qualified language expert for a GMP audit. Here is why.
A procedure for getting GMP certified in South Africa is very complex and involves many stages, including comprehensive audit, elimination of shortcomings, staff training, analysis and preparation of dossier, an inspection of the production, and reporting. All these require a high-quality medical translation in order to perform high-quality translation of pharma and medical reports, or maybe a qualified technical or scientific translator for audits who has a technical or engineering education and long term experience in medical terminology.
Having a qualified interpreter present during GMP inspections is absolutely essential because the wrong assessment may lead to a high risk of getting no GMP certification or delay in registration of your neu pharmaceuticals.
Experts for Video Remote and Phone Interpreting (VRI, OPI)
If your business meeting or conference is taking place in a remote location you can hire a remote interpreter using Video Remote Interpreting (also know as VRI). If you do not necessarily need a video connection, you can also hire a specialist for telephone interpreting in South Africa. Most of the interpreters offer these services, especially during COVID-19 pandemic times. You can hire a remote video remote interpreter in South Africa or in cases, where no video is required just hire a low-cost telephone interpreter.
In order to use Video Remote Interpreting, you will need a high-speed internet connection. You can use any conferencing software, such as Skype or Zoom. This allows saving nearly half of your budget, as the interpreter does not need any complex equipment and does not need to travel to the event location.
If you plan to visit a trade fair or an exhibition in South Africa or just talk to your partners you can contact and hire a business, exhibition, or notary interpreters and be sure you will have a successful meeting and will fully understand your clients or business partners.
Diplomatic protocol interpreters
As a representative of an official visit to a foreign country, you must be sure that you will fully understand representatives of the country you visit. Often such protocol meetings involve country leaders - Prime Ministers, or even Presidents. Every word should be translated absolutely mistake-free and in-timely order. Such interpreting can be performed only by trained language experts with diplomatic experience. Diplomatic interpreting of protocol meetings is very complex and performed by means of consecutive interpreting to guarantee high quality. It is used by diplomatic language professionals in South Africa during diplomatic meetings between the delegations of two or more countries. Such interpreting can be performed by the interpreters employed by the diplomatic services of the Ministry of International Affairs by freelance interpreters if they are asked to accompany a diplomatic delegation or official representatives of a country.
Diplomatic interpreting can be carried out in a variety of high-level events, including official visits, interviews, press conferences, dinners, speeches, and so on. Diplomatic interpreters in South Africa usually provide consecutive and whispered interpretation, while staying or sitting very close to listeners.
There is a general rule that diplomatic interpreters only interpret the words of their own official delegation because the other party will have their own interpreter. Compared to other types of interpreting, working as a diplomatic language expert requires high-level skill, exercising the utmost discretion, and keep the strictest professional confidentiality. Additionally, it is very important to have strong knowledge of current diplomatic affairs, read political news and political reviews.
Diplomatic interpreting in South Africa is also often employed by international political organizations, such as the United Nations, BRICS, European Union, Chamber of Regions, and other organizations. During diplomatic meetings, confidence in the interpreters is very essential. As delegated decide on very sensitive political issues, sometimes tensions that may arise between delegates or country representatives can become worse if the interpreter is not well skilled or not trusted. In cases of escalating tension, diplomatic delegates prefer to speak in a language they do not really experts in rather than using an interpreter. This is why it is very important to choose the interpreter with the rights skills and experience in dealing with complex diplomatic situations.
The ceremony, celebration, and wedding interpreters
Our lives are full of joy and we often want to share this with our family and friends. Often we invite foreign colleagues, friends, relatives to the wedding ceremony to let them celebrate the event with us. Imagine, for a minute, your friend does not speak a local language and the rest of the guests cannot speak his or her language either. The party or ceremony can become a very boring event for him or her very fast. So, why not to hire a professional ceremony or wedding interpreter in South Africa to the party or official wedding ceremony, so that he or she can ideally fit into the party and help your foreign guest with interpreting and translating family speeches and toasts. You will not spend much money on this, but you will be sure that all your guests are happy and understand each other and can deliver nice toasts for you and all the guests.
According to the law in South Africa, if either of the couple or the official witnesses do not speak/understand the local language fluently, an interpreter will be required. The couple and witnesses must fully understand the legal parts of the ceremony, which may include legal vows. It is best to find and hire a certified ceremony interpreter in South Africa and also important, that the interpreter must be a person other than a member of the wedding party. Where a family or friend is used as an interpreter the celebrant must be confident that he/she is doing the job properly. The Interpreter must provide a statutory declaration, before the wedding, stating their fluency in the relevant language. After the wedding ceremony, the interpreter must provide a certificate of faithful performance of his or her services.
Legal translators and court interpreters
You should not underestimate the importance of accurately translating official documentation, which may be required to be presented in a legal process in South Africa. Such documents like contracts, certificates, letters of intent, commercial invoices, agreements, complaints, tax forms, tender documents, and work permits are very important. You will need professional legal translators in South Africa to complete your legal translations in South Africa and if required a translator will notarize the document by a notary public or using his own stamp if he or she authorized to have one.
If you have a court proceeding in South Africa ahead of you, a courtroom interpreter will help you to make communication possible in the court. Thanks to their special skills, court interpreters in South Africa help all people involved to understand the proceedings, regardless of the language they speak.
As people’s lives depend on the quality of interpreting, such professionals should be highly specialized. They must be proficient in both languages, and understand the court and legal jargon. A courtroom interpreter in South Africa must interpret every word they hear very accurately, whenever the judge, lawyers, or witnesses are speaking. You cannot rely on family members or friends if they do not have proper qualifications, it is simply not acceptable, as this can lead to misunderstanding or conflicts.
If you come to a legal court procedure without having a professional legal or court interpreter with you, you may miss important information as such events are very informative and sometimes difficult to understand.
Multimedia translation and localization
We are living in the era of globalization, where foreign markets play a crucial role in the success of the company. If you have a product, which is successfully being sold in one market, why not bring it across the border and market it over there. This sounds easy, but in fact, it is not. Here is why.
Usually, you design the product to fit the local audiences, considering their habits, cultural aspects, language, and price. So, having a successfully sold product in Europe does not guarantee per default it is going to be a bestseller in the USA or China. There are however product translation and localization professionals in South Africa that could be hired, which can help you to localize your product depending on the market you are targeting.
Although a global economy has evolved rapidly, the culture in many countries has remained constant over hundreds of years and shapes the decision-making process of its consumers. This implies that the aspects of local culture, history, and languages shall be strongly considered during a product or website localization.
Every product that is created for another language market is unique. Whatever you want to produce for a global audience, you will need to start the process by doing a basic inventory of the work to define how each part of the product will be localized. You will need not only translation but also transcreation of the product terms, culturally adapting and translating the title, text, images, videos, advertisement campaigns from one locale into another.
Most of the time, if your product has a straightforward look, the translation should work in 90% of what you need to create for your new market. Website, software, technology, machinery, support, manuals are great products to translate since the “how it works” is the same in each language. This method is going to be cost-effective since you usually pay by the word along with some project management fees. But if your product is not self-descriptive for other cultures, then you will need to spend some budget for the transcreation, to make new logos, hire copywriters, market researchers, and so on. This might cost much higher compared to the translation cost. Simply make a list of the things to be localized or transcreated and give it to the experts. They will calculate the price and delivery terms.
Literary translation - poetry, drama, novels, science fiction
Over 2 million books are being published every year in over 60 different languages. Only a small portion of them are translated into other languages. The reason for this is the complexity of literary translation. Any literary translation consumes not less time and resources than writing a new book. Each book is different and it is not easy to recreate poetry in a modern language, without losing the beauty of the original work, which requires a balance of staying faithful to the original work and create something unique but still evoking the same feelings as the original.
For sure, literary translation requires creativity, uniqueness, ability to deliver continuity. For this reason, it is not easy to find a literary translator who possesses all the above qualities. Our platform will help to put you in touch with the great linguist who’s ready to be your voice in their language. On Babr, you can find and hire a qualified literary translator in Finland to translate your novels, poetry, or science fiction into one of the following languages: English, French, German, Japanese, Russian, Chinese, Portuguese, Danish, Italian, Arabic, Bulgarian, Czech, Norwegian, and other languages.
A process of literature translation completely differs from other types of translation. It uses a poetic communicative function, which is in addition to rendering information to the reader, aesthetic functions have to be maintained. The artistic image maintained in certain literary works will clearly have a strong impact on the reader. This is why before you find and hire a literary translator in South Africa try to consider specific features of the text and ask the translator if he or she really can do that on a good level. Poetry is different from a story, and science fiction is different from a novel. While reading a drama or any other literary work translated from a foreign language, we perceive it with its meaning, emotions, and characters. Therefore, creating and maintaining a particular image for the reader of literary translation often involve some deviations from the standard rules of translation.
A literal translation cannot reflect the same feelings as the original work, it is all about how the translator perceives it. Depending on the type of literary translation, it requires a lot of skills and responsibility, as the translation of a book or a drama will be read by thousands of readers. This implies that the text needs to be good for preception and ideally should create the same feelings as the original.