Translation

Moving words across boundaries

We offer translation services in a wide range of languages, including Arabic, Bahasa, Chinese, Dutch, English, Farsi, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Urdu. Our primary criteria in choosing a translator are relevant subject knowledge and native speaker status in the target language. But we understand that the meaning, the nuance, of words in any one language can be variously understood by different cultures. Misunderstandings arise, susceptibilities are offended, sensitivities overlooked. This is why we engage language reviewers to comment on and, where necessary, refine the original translation.

A History of the Arabian Peninsula, by Fahd Semmari (Darah)

Our capacity to work creatively and flexibly, to develop a tailor-made proposal and see it through from inception to public view is showcased in this project for the King Abdul Aziz Foundation in Riyadh. A first step in this project is arranging the translation of the English edition of the book into ten languages: Bahasa, Chinese, Farsi, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Urdu. More than using specialist translators, we have engaged specialist subject and language advisors to work with the translators to review and refine the translations as needed. The next task is to arrange book production – typesetting, proof-reading, printing – and, finally, co-publication in the relevant regions.

Rembrandt Bugatti: Una vita per la scultura, by Edward Horswell (Sladmore Gallery)

Bourchier worked on all three language editions (English, French, Italian) of this book. We first edited the English text and had a page template made up to accommodate the photographs. Next we edited the French and Italian versions, and adapted the text to fit the template.

Je vous remercie sincèrement pour la qualité et la fiabilité de votre travail.

Catherine Gabel, Gabel Reder Sarl

I've just finished going through the texts exchanged between you and the client. I'm impressed, as I expected to be, with your thoroughgoing professionalism.

Ian Ashworth, SIAL translation co-ordinator