In my workshops (and elsewhere) I always insist on the importance of client communication. Meaning: As a linguist – hence, a service provider – you need to be clear and specific in your communication with (prospective) clients.
If you are a buyer of translations, and want those translations to be the best fit for your purposes, there is one thing in particular that you should be aware of: Translations aren’t a one-way street. The better you communicate your needs and expectations, the better you will be served.
In this blog series, I am planning to post a variety of transcreative techniques over time. This is one of them. I call it:
Falls Sie als Profi den Asterix-Effekt noch nicht kennen: Keine Bange, das ist keine Wissenslücke. Ich habe die Bezeichnung erfunden, weil sie mir so anschaulich erscheint und eine perfekte Ergänzung meiner Ausführungen zur Bild-Text-Kongruenz in meinem Buch darstellt.
What can you do when you have a marketing text translated and then realize, upon seeing the translation, that the target text is not at all what you expected?
Why should sales and promotional material be handled by transcreators instead of regular translators?
Problems arise when clients request – and pay for – a translation but actually expect something that a copywriter would have written.
A transcreator needs deep expertise in translation and deep expertise in strategic copywriting. Expertise in both of these fields is indispensable.
Labeling something a marketing translation when you mean transcreation can be highly misleading.
Every translator can be trusted to translate business-critical marketing texts, right?
After all, these are texts that (by their very nature) are easy to understand (mostly, that is). So, how hard can it be to just take those words and translate them into another language? The truth is: It is tricky. There is a lot that can go wrong.