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An Odyssey of Research: To Be A Professional Translator

Abstract: What does the professional translation service mean to the translation companies and the individuals, and what’s the relationship between the translation companies and the translators?

At one time, it was the dream of many ambitious young people to become a translator or interpreter. Their dreams were not only due to the desirable payment, besides, they wanted to gain social prestige and more opportunities to contact with the upper classes. Unfortunately, few people who proclaimed themselves as qualified translators or interpreters can offer professional translation service. The May Fourth Movement launched a campaign of Chinese culture exchange, the translation industry enjoyed an unprecedented prosperity and taken the “faithfulness, expressiveness, elegance” creeds to the professional translation service. However, such creeds are far away from sufficient and accurate as keys to the practical professional translation service despite that they can represent the uppermost standards. Translation is a stage for team work other than individual heroism.. Therefore, from the perspective of undertaking big projects and the
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sustainable development of a professional translation company, the maintenance of a terminology bank, loyal patrons, qualified translators and the passion for translation industry should be attached with great importance. The manager who takes charge of a professional translation service should have a holistic consideration in arranging the projects and should meticulously guarantee the quality of each process of the work including project definition, translators selection, proofreading and quality review. In such a hustling and bustling world where people are so selfish and greedy to gain financial benefit, it is hard for the translation companies to make an alternative between the speed of making profit and the quality of their works. How can a translation company make its professional translation service genuine enough to lure more business and bear more responsibilities in culture exchange? Even though the current total production of China’s translation industry is about 30 billion Yuan in 2008, according to China International Publishing Group, nobody knows how much money has been consumed in subcontract operation. Ubiquitously, some Chinese translation tycoons distribute giant projects to other trust resources and make a profit by their own reputations. Due to the secret volume of their business, nearly no clients have the awareness of their translation company’s full-time translators’ working strengths and

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arrangements. When professional projects are done by some laymen who lack of a clear understanding about the quality and the general arrangement, the proofreading will be the heavy workload. When the day comes that the subcontract operation is revealed to the translation circle, the dishonest companies will suffer an appalling decline of businesses amount.

Up to 1520, all the commercial groups whose names coincided with their functions disappeared except for 85 international organizations including 70 universities and 15 religious groups. Therefore, we can draw a conclusion that the establishment of enterprise culture is the cause of the longevity of professional translation service. It needs the translation companies to reestablish the value outlook, rules and regulations, the behavior culture and the material culture. Translation produces lots of fruits, which make culture communication become possible, bring culture communication into translation: the growth of knowledge followed a kind of compound-interest law, which was further greatly enhanced by the invention of CAT, giving rise to the coherence of professional glossary and practical application of CAT software. On the other hand, the professional translation service lies on the improvement of the individual translators, which thanks to the translation companies as they
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play a positive role in this regard. Some translation companies keep a custom to return the unpolished translation to the translators on the pretext of reasonable excuses, which aims at helping the translators to develop their skills in the future work and be more successful. In conclusion, to fulfill the desire of the customers is a specific characteristic of the professional translation service, which is full of the duration of severe miseries and the frustration on what is required to translate. As with Aristotle’s words, " Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit."

Author Information Albert Lau Translator of Transhorsa Translation Co., LTD., Shanghai http://www.transhorsa.org Msn:transhorsa@yahoo.com.cn

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Addr:2601 Xietu Road, T1-16D Gateway Plaza, Shanghai 200030 TEL: +(86) 021 51691621 33197285 FAX: +(86) 021 33197183

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