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Posted on2 August 2021

The Proof Is In The Dessert: Why Proofreading Is So Important For Translations

As any seasoned translator will know, translating is never as simple as going straight from point A to B. Instead, accurate and effective translation requires a number of important steps to be taken into account. If you’re looking for a professional translation agency that delivers the best service for you and your clients, the importance of proofreading cannot be overstated.

Proofreading can be tricky enough and easy to omit even when only working in one language, with countless examples of proofreading gone wrong (or ignored completely!) to be found on the internet. The importance of proofreading is even clearer when it comes to books, articles and other documents that need to be translated from one language to another. Here are a few reasons why when it comes to translation services, proofreading is an essential step in the process.

What exactly is proofreading?

Proofreading takes place towards the end of the translation process, and involves more than just a simple spell check. After the bulk of the translating has taken place, a proofreader will step in to ensure that the translated text is free from errors, omissions and ambiguities.

Proofreaders will go over the translated text, looking for any inaccuracies or potential misunderstandings. Atlas Translations offers a wide range of proofreading services, with independent native-speaking proofreaders on hand to ensure any translated text is clear and easy to understand for clients and customers.

Why is proofreading so important?

Proofreading helps to make sure that the translated text is as coherent for native speakers as possible. Proofreading is an essential part of many translations, especially those destined for publication. Key messages being ‘lost in translation’ is never fun, and proofreading is the best way to avoid any embarrassing translation gaffes.

Proofreading is an important closing stage of any certified translation service. While a high quality translator will be able to provide a technically accurate translation, they may miss some of the hidden cultural intricacies that a native proofreader would be able to spot. The added safety net of a professional proofreading service can ensure that translated publications are both relevant and effective in reaching its target audience.

Why certified translation is the way to go

So, you’ve seen why proofreading is a very useful closing stage in the translation process – but what makes a certified translation agency such as Atlas Translations a cut above the rest?

Atlas Translations stands out from the crowd thanks to our corporate membership with the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP). CIEP is a recognised authority on editing and proofreading in the UK, with high quality proofreading training courses available to members. This system ensures that all our translation and proofreading services are carried out to the highest standard.

In addition, Atlas Translations can offer ISO certified translation services, meaning proofreading forms a crucial part of our work. Our proofreaders will also carry out checks on style and vocabulary, ensuring the most effective translation of the original message for new audiences.

With a wealth of experience in all areas of translation, Atlas Translations’ friendly people-oriented services are on hand to help your translated publications flourish.

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