5 common misconceptions about translation

There are quite a few misconceptions surrounding translation. These misunderstandings can lead people to make mistakes when they seek out translation services, which could even result in them receiving subpar translated content that does not meet their requirements. In order to avoid that scenario, this guide seeks to bust five of the most common translation misconceptions, giving you a better understanding of the translation industry. This guide examines the following misconceptions:

  • anyone who speaks a foreign language can translate
  • translations are always word-for-word
  • machine translation will eventually remove the need for human translators
  • the translation industry is pretty small
  • translation is quick and cheap

Whether you are just getting started with translation or if you want to improve your existing efforts, this guide is a must for anyone wanting to improve their understanding of the translation industry.