Every September, the world recognizes International Translation Day. This might leave many people to wonder: Why is translation so important that it deserves its own day of celebration?
Globalization is on the Rise
If you were born in a country where English is the primary language spoken, you might not think about language translation very often. In countries like the United States, the main language is English, but with such a diverse population from other countries and cultures on the rise, there’s an increase in other written and spoken languages. Globalization is on the rise, with more and more countries doing business internationally, leading to an increasing need for professional translators in many fields of business, from corporate to technical translation.
As Easy as Baking a Cake
Consumers who read and speak only their country’s official languages will likely never look at the other languages represented, but for those who speak only those other languages, the additional instructions are a godsend.
The closest that some people will ever come to a different language is the instruction manual for setting up their cable box or DVD player or the directions on the back of a cake mix. Consumers who read and speak only their country’s official languages will likely never look at the other languages represented, but for those who speak only those other languages, the additional instructions are a godsend. Had they not been translated by a professional, favourite shows might go unwatched and cake unbaked in many homes.
The Everyday Importance of Translation
Translation serves multiple purposes around the globe. Author Nataly Kelly provides a list of reasons why translation is so important in her book Found In Translation. Some of the best reasons we agree with include:
- It feeds people around the world, as major food companies buy and sell products globally thanks to translation.
- It can save lives, as medical translators continuously relay global health outbreak information all over the world.
It can prevent terror attacks from happening, when messages are intercepted and translated on the spot.
- It creates jobs, as businesses everywhere hire translators to work in every field from finance to engineering.
- It boosts the economy, as even companies who sell only in domestic markets use translators to cater to those who speak another language locally.
With all of the important ways in which translators help the world, it’s no wonder that 96.4% of the respondents polled “said that they loved their jobs” and “were satisfied with their work,” according to Kelly.
Translation services play a large role in the entertainment industry. Think about all of the movies that use foreign subtitles so that people everywhere can understand the story as it unfolds. Some movies are created entirely in a different language, requiring English subtitles, such as The Passion of the Christ and Life Is Beautiful. Other movies use voice-overs and dubbing to express the proper feeling and tone when subtitles simply cannot do them justice. We offer dubbing and voice-over services for international videos, software, advertisements and much more that will take your business to the next level. Contact us for more information.