We’ve all heard our philosophy professors mention this once or twice – and it turns out they were right. When you’re sending your material off for translation, don’t forget to provide as much context as you can – a step often overlooked.
No context most often means wrong translation, and wrong translation always means spending much more money and time to fix, not to mention the potential safety issues for sensitive material.
Sometimes, it’s just a humorous translation gaffe that would translate ‘glasses’ (drinking glasses), as ‘glasses’ (eyeglasses). But often times, wrong translation due to lack of context has serious consequences. A simple image or definition would have given the translator a clear meaning.
So before you send your safety manual to your translation agency, make sure you also include the following:
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