If you believe you are passionate about languages, a career in language translation is what you need. Browse through this article to know what it takes to build a career in language translation.

Language Translation Courses

“Ce que vous avez eu pour le petit déjeuner aujourd'hui? Veuillez ne pas me dire que vous avait du pain”. Do you know what the lines that you just read mean? If you do you probably are a language translator, have a great command over French or you may even be a Frenchman or Frenchwoman. However, if you are clueless about what the lines mean, they in French literally translate to, “What did you have for breakfast today? Please don't tell me you had bread again!” Language translation basically refers to the unique job profile that sees professionals translating words or content from one language known as the source language to the other known as the target language. If a person loves languages, a career in language translation can really bring forth bundles of joy and money too. Read on to know what it takes to be eligible for a course in language translation, the prospects that lie in a career in the same, and the institutes offering courses in language translation.

Courses In Language Translation

There really are no degrees or post graduation degree programs in language translation; it really is more about training programs and certificate courses. However an individual desiring to make it big as a language translator can always do a course in a chosen language. In order to be eligible for a bachelors course in a language, assuming its French or Spanish, an individual will have to be done with a 10+2 from a recognized board. In order to be eligible for a masters course in a language, an individual will have to be graduate and preferably in the same language that he or she desires to do a masters in. However, this may not be a complete necessity. Individuals can also do a PhD course in a language, for which they will have to be graduates and possess a masters degree in the same language. As for the institutes that offer specific courses in language translation, it is sufficient for the individual to be a graduate or be done with a 10+2 from a recognized board.

Course Details
Courses in language translation will strive to turn enrolled individuals into professional language translators. Sometimes, it may not be easy for individuals to gain expert level knowledge in a language by just doing a course in ‘language translation’. What is really required here is a course in a language in which the particular individual desires to build a translating career in. Language courses will help an individual understand that much better a language and also gain a professional grip over the same. Courses in languages, be it a bachelors program, masters program or even a PhD, will comprise of specific modules that can turn learners into experts well-versed in the respective language.

An individual interested in pursuing a career in language translation can choose to specialize in a certain language, or even specialize in a single language and use to advantage working knowledge in another. Individuals can also choose to specialize in translating only written communication or translating only oral communication.

Skills Required

  • Flair for the language
  • A certain level of command over the language
  • Professionalism
  • A knack in sticking to or meeting deadlines
  • Strong communication skills in the language that requires translation and the language that the primary content is to be translated into. 

Career Prospects
As a language translator, an individual actually has the freedom to choose between a full-time job and a part-time job in the same. With specific reference to India, there are a sizeable number of individuals who choose to dabble in part-time translating jobs. There are also quite a number of individuals who choose to pursue translating as a full-time option. Full-time or part time, the fact remains that professional language translators are required in every field. Multinational companies, foreign embassies, law firms, pharmaceutical companies, etc. always have their doors open for skilled language translators. So as far as job opportunities and a career go, there really is no such thing as a bleak future for a professional and well- educated language translator.

Some Of The Institutes That Offer Courses In Language Translation
  • School of Language, Literature and Cultural Studies Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
  • Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages, Hyderabad, India
  • Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India
  • University of Delhi, New Delhi, India
  • Indo - Italian Chamber of Commerce, Mumbai, India
  • Ram Krishna Mission, Kolkata, India
  • Indo-Japan Chamber Of Commerce & Industry, Chennai, India  

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