Translators convert written documents from one language to another while maintaining the precise meaning of the original text.

Duties & Tasks

Translators may perform the following tasks:

  • study original texts and transcripts of recorded spoken material to understand the subject matter
  • translate the meaning and feeling of written material in the appropriate register and style
  • translate a wide range of written material, including business letters, application forms, legal texts, novels and detailed scientific articles
  • make sure that phraseology and terminology in legal, technical and scientific texts are accurately translated
  • supply subtitles for films and television programmes
  • revise translations done by others.

Personal Requirements

  • excellent command of written English
  • fluency or ability to learn at least one other language
  • understanding of different cultures
  • able to work accurately and objectively
  • initiative and research skills
  • able to maintain confidentiality
  • broad general knowledge.

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