Poor quality in translation can be expensive!

Quality in translation 2When we read a document we hope to find, among other things, a good content and the correct terms in it in order to enjoy a good reading. This hope becomes bigger if the document comes from an official institution. It is a matter of pleasure. But is it just about visual and grammatical pleasure or is it also about quality-related costs in translations?

The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Translation study Quantifying Quality Costs and the Cost of Poor Quality in Translation provides us an overview of DGT’s activities that have an impact on the quality of its translations, and indicates how the costs and benefits of DGT’s quality efforts and the costs of poor quality for DGT can be quantified.

Read the complete study in our EU E-books and Docs section!

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2 Responses to Poor quality in translation can be expensive!

  1. Nelida K. says:

    The subject of this post brings to mind one of my pet peeves. I never fail to be amazed by how, professionals who purport to be aces in translation, post entries in their blogs riddled with grammar, usage, and otherwise linguistic mistakes (the more so when they claim -and usually are- to be native in English, which I myself am not). It is all right to convey ideas, but as these ideas are language- and translation- related, they should be couched in proper grammar and construction of the language they are published in. Therefore, I submit that poor quality in writing on the part of translators (self-styled or not), goes hand in hand with poor quality of translation.

  2. Reblogged this on espacio singular and commented:
    This time the news comes from the European Union—and they must know about it!

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