How and Where to Find a Translator
As I am in the United States and translate only from German into English,
the following notes are somewhat biased toward translators who work into
- If you have a friend in the same business, ask for a referral.
- Search the American Translators Association Translation Services
Directory (for individual translators) or the Corporate Translation
Services Directory (for translation companies) (www.atanet.org).
The directory can be searched for a translator's name, for a specific
language, or for a specialty. When you search for specialties, it is
a good idea to select some related terms also. As the name indicates,
ATA is primarily a United States organization. While there are many
good American translators who are not ATA members, this is a good place
- Check local and specialized translators organizations. They may or
may not have on-line or printed directories.
Here are some listings: Local and specialist groups, United States:
(* indicates ATA chapter or affiliate)
Outside the United States:
There are no doubt some very good translators who are not members of these
various associations, but it is more difficult to find them.
- If you don't find a translator with the first three suggestions, there
is always the telephone directory; but it probably won't help much either.
Most listings do not say much about language or specialty and those
that do are, after all, advertisements.
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