Illusions of Translation Quality

Many of you have wondered how you can know if a translation is any good. It’s a common question. After all, if you spoke both languages involved, in many cases you wouldn’t even need the translation. We’ve touched on this topic ourselves, and thought you might enjoy reading Ten Common Myths About Translation Quality That Might […]


Essential Skills of a Medical Interpreter

It’s pretty obvious why every medical interpreter needs to be skilled; communicating correct symptoms to a doctor is imperative for appropriate treatment, and understanding a prescription is vital for the health of a patient. Without medical interpreters, health care would be much less effective and possibly dangerous. A medical interpreter differs from a medical translator […]


Google Translate Still Too Risky for Health Care

There has been some recent debate (perhaps controversy!) about the alleged dubious quality of the Spanish version of the Obamacare (Affordable Care Act) website, healthcare.gov (see CNN and Washington Post). Some are arguing that in creating the Spanish version of the site, authors must have employed a service such as Google Translate to have ended up […]


The Dangers of Automated Translation

There is no doubt that tech firms have made great strides in automated language translation in the last decade. Advances in processing power, algorithms, and voice recognition are now providing almost seamless communication between humans and machine, yet human-to-human communication using a machine interface is still fraught with difficulties and dangers.   Website Disclaimers  To […]


7 Critical Skills Any Great Interpreter Has Mastered

Here at Affordable Languages we’ve worked with numerous interpreters.  Over time we’ve identified the core skills that make a great interpreter.  Here they are: Punctuality: This one is pretty straightforward, so I don’t really need to get into too many details. A good interpreter will show early, at the right place, ready to begin interpreting […]


5 Factors Affecting Translation Cost You May Not Know

The Question: How much will my translation cost? The Answer: It depends! Not all translation projects are created equal. Translation projects can range from simple documents to medical consent forms to localizing entire websites. In general, the following 5 factors play the largest roles in determining the overall price of a translation project: 1.    Language […]


Importance of Using Qualified Medical Interpreters

I recently came across an article regarding the use of interpreters in the medical field and its impact on the patients’ well being. Sometimes when resources are not available or when medical providers are not aware of the services provided by their institutions, there is a misconception that anyone who is bilingual can render a […]


Going Global? Business Translation Services You May Need

Is your company poised to leap into overseas markets? From the acquisition of weakened companies to selling products overseas, there are many pathways to international business, and American companies are leaping at the chance to “go global.” For instance,ABC News has reported on the uptick in American-made products being exported overseas. As ABC writer Sharyn Alfonsi […]


Why Medical Interpreting Shouldn’t Be Left to Family Members

There’s no question that interpreting a medical condition correctly is essential for the proper diagnosis and treatment of a patient. No family member wants to see a loved one misdiagnosed or improperly treated. Without a qualified medical interpreter available, families often resort to using relatives who are fluent or semi-fluent in English to help interpret […]


Translation in Education: Bridging the Gap to Make a Connection

Few people realize how difficult it is for parents to stay current with school updates when English is not the primary language spoken at home. Children are naturally adept at picking up new languages, but parents, on the other hand, need to stay informed in their target language. Google translate and similar products can do […]