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Ten questions to ensure you get a high-quality translation

(First published on BizCommunity – 25 MAR 2014)

You've been tasked to have a text translated into a language you don't understand a word of. You need a translation that is clear, accurate and stylistically proper, and you want to make sure you avoid any possible pitfalls in the appointment process. So, you kickstart Google and...

The alluring realm of machine translation


Watch your language, or else



Translators and interpreters will have to mind their language now that the National Assembly has sent the SA Language Practitioners' Council Bill to President Jacob Zuma for enactment.

Substandard translators have blighted several high-profile events.

In December, Thamsanqa Jantjie was caught faking sign language at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela.

At the murder trial of Paralympian Oscar Pistorius an interpreter was accused of mangling witnesses' testimony.