Boston, MA – Language Connections, a Boston translation company, has years of experience translating for non-profit reports and pamphlets. Our translators are native speakers of the languages they work in, but they also have a deep understanding of the background knowledge and public policies relevant to the organizations they translate for. One of our most widely-known clients, a highly-regarded ivy league university in the US, asked us to supply Spanish translation for a public health brochure for parents.
Spanish Translation with the Right Tone
Language Connections had two major challenges in completing this project. Firstly, the brochure required a great deal of desktop publishing. Since the brochure was laid out in a visually stimulating way, it required our project managers to ensure that even with the changes in the text (because of the English to Spanish translation), the same look was maintained. This took extra hours of work in a desktop publishing program to achieve the same result visually, from English to Spanish.
The second challenge was in keeping the pamphlet’s contents accessible and appealing to the parents it was meant to speak to. Because the pamphlet was written for wide array of parents, the vocabulary and sentence structure needed to be kept at a certain reading level. The Spanish translation couldn’t be written with complicated or overly academic language. That would make the text impenetrable to any parents who had only reached a certain reading level, thus making the whole pamphlet useless. Beyond this linguistic requirement, the content also needed to retain a helpful, informative tone. The translation absolutely couldn’t feel patronizing or alienating to parents, since then they’d simply toss it in the trash.
With Language Connections’ help, this major university could share their public health advice with parents in English and Spanish. Thus, our attention to these translation service challenges helped bridge the gap between local Spanish-speaking children and the care they needed.
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About Language Connections:
Language Connections is a language service provider. We specialize in technical, medical and legal translation, software and website localization, simultaneous and consecutive interpretation, corporate language programs, and interpreter training. We provide certified, professional translation in 100+ languages, including Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Chinese, Russian, German, and French. With over 20 years of experience, we have expertise in all major industries including the life sciences, patent and immigration law, international business, global education, and advanced technology. Our cost-effective interpreting and conference solutions will meet your multilingual needs for all types of international events – business meetings, conferences, lectures or presentations.
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