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Finding a Translator

1. Introduction

2. How to Find one

3. Selection

4. Working With

4. Certification Form


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 American English:

  • 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 to start.

  • 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)

Atlanta Association of Interpreters and Translators* www.aait.org
Austin Area Translators and Interpreters Association www.aatia.org
The California Court Interpreters Association www.ccia.org
Carolina Association of Translators and Interpreters* www.catiweb.org
Colorado Translators Association www.cta-web
Florida Chapter of ATA* www.atafl.com
Metroplex Interpreters and Translators Association www.ticnet.com/mita/
National Association of Judiciary Interpreters and Translators www.najit.org
National Capital Area Chapter of ATA* www.ncata.org
New England Translators Association www.netaweb.org
New Mexico Translators and Interpreters Association internet.roadrunner.com/nmtia/
New York Circle of Translators* www.nyctranslators.org
Northeast Ohio Translators Association* www.ohiotranslators.org
Northern California Translators Association* www.ncta.org
Northwest Translators and Interpreters Society* www.notisnet.org
Society for Technical Communication www.stc.org
Southern California Area Translators and Interpreters Association* www.scatia.org
Translators and Interpreters Guild
Local 32100 of the Newspaper Guild/ Communications Workers of America
Washington State Court Interpreters and Translators Society www.witsnet.org

Outside the United States:

Association of Translators and Interpreters of Alberta www.atia.ab.ca
Association of Translators and Interpreters of Ontario www.atio.on.ca
Fédération Internationale des Traducteurs
International Federation of Translators (Quebec)
Institute of Translation and Interpreting (UK) www.iti.org.uk
Israel Translators Association www.ita.org.il
Society of Translators and Interpreters
of British Columbia

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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