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ATA Certified Translators

Providing Translation Services & Language Solutions

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We have over a hundred client in the Carolinas and nationwide.  With offices in Charlotte NC and Greenville SC, our ATA certified translators enable us to serve clients of all sizes.

We offer:

  • Competitive rates
  • Outstanding quality and professionalism
  • Fast delivery times
  • Maturity: industry maturity and expertise - we have been helping clients successfully deliver since 1998!

Other advantages we provide:

  • Certified native speakers
     - we combine the best in human linguistic talent with advanced software technology to deliver for you
     - team members are typically either ATA (American Translator Association) members or members of the equivalent association in their native country. Many have been partners with us for over 10 years!

  • Tech-savvy
     - we utilize a state-of-the-art translation management system and related tools. Our back office is built on industry and business-leading software. All of this allows us to scale and deliver cost-saving translation services to our clients.

We provide peace of mind on your multi-language business needs!

We understand translation is one small, but critical part of the workflow you need to consistently reach your customers or employees. We take this burden off of your shoulders and make it our driving passion.

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Document Translation Services

Since 1998 we have translated documents of all types or sizes.
We work with any file type, including:

 -- PDFs
 -- Adobe suite (InDesign, IDML, etc.)
 -- FrameMaker
 -- Microsoft suite - Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Publisher
 -- Scanned images
 -- Articulate
     ... and many more!

Contact us (email) or Request a Free Quote today!

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Multimedia Translations

 (aka Audio-Visual Translations)

Translation of multimedia files and materials pose special challenges.  There are many file types, formats, layers, fonts, modes and media - you get the picture!

We have vast experience delivering these types of projects, and can deliver any or all of the following:

  • Subtitling Services
  • Voiceovers (VO) & Voice Recordings
  • Video Translations
  • Transcription Services
  • Audio-visual Synchronization
  • E-Learning materials - video, audio, on-screen content/localization
    ... and more!

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IT Translations and Software Localization

... refers to the adaptation of computer software (and related content) to different languages, regional differences and/or technical requirements of a target market (locale).

We have successfully delivered many such projects, translating any/all of the following:

  • Software Interface (UI) translation
  • Supporting documentation
  • Messaging and screens 

In addition, we work with clients with varied software platforms.  We can always find a way to efficiently work with your desired software platform to make it easier for your teams.

Contact us (email) or Request a Free Quote today!

Multilingual Desktop Publishing (DTP)

Your documents are not boring, and that's a good thing!

Most documents have design and layout - which ranges in complexity from a simple Word or PDF document to elaborate design files commonly used in marketing and other client-facing publications.

As your complete language solutions partner, we can handle all types of documents, layouts and formatting.  We commonly work with all the major DTP tools in the marketplace, including:

  • Adobe InDesign, PhotoShop etc.
  • FrameMaker
  • Microsoft: PowerPoint, Publisher, Excel, Word
  • Quark

     ... and many more!

What is DTP?

DTP refers to the work required when content must be dissected prior to translation and/or re-assembled after translation.

This is common for design files (like Adobe InDesign, FrameMaker etc.) where the visible content is created in many layers within the content tool.

Your Translation team must extract exactly what has to be translated, and make sure the target translated content fits perfectly back into the visual layout expected.

Related reading:
See our blog article on word expansion in different languages.

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Website Translation and Localization

If you care about accuracy, then you need human linguists to deliver your website translation. We can take your website and translate it into your desired target language(s), regardless of which platform (Content Management System or CMS) you use.

We work with clients with varied platforms. We can always find a way to efficiently work with your desired CMS to make it easier for your teams.

Contact us (email) or Request a Free Quote today!

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Content Types and API Integration

We have a strong IT support team and often work with clients in the platform or API of their choice. We have years of experience working with files and content in many formats:

  • XML, JSON and other industry standards
  • Native Design file formats such as (InDesign) INDD, FrameMaker, StoryLine etc.
  • File transfer protocols such as DropBox, WeTransfer, FTP, etc.

Translation APIs

There are several major types of Translation APIs in the marketplace, and one size does not fit all!  With our larger clients, we work using the API and/or technology they prefer to optimize the partnership and minimize the processing overhead.

Some past technologies and APIs we have worked with include:

  • RESTful web services
  • Gengo
  • Zanata
  • SmartLing
  • XTRF
  • SDL

We welcome the chance to work with you on YOUR preferred technology platform!  

Contact us (email) or Request a Free Quote today!

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Telephonic Interpreting (OPI)

We offer on-demand Telephonic Interpreting 24/7/365.  
(OPI or Over the Phone Interpreting).

What you get:

  • Consistent, reliable connection times - typically connect in less than 30 seconds!
  • U.S.-based interpreters with fluency in over 100 languages
  • Credentialed OPI experts for any industry
  • Ensured accuracy and privacy
  • Services adhere to U.S. Health & Compliance Regulations
  • Ability to communicate with Limited English Proficient (LEP) clients, patients, or internal team members

How our OPI services work (4 easy steps)

  1. Complete our application for service 
  2. We provide you with a usage card, including your toll-free number, access code, instructions etc.
  3. Dial your toll-free number, connect to one of our customer service reps
  4. Our CSR then connects you to your interpreter

Contact us (email) or Request a Free Quote today!

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Language Translation Services

Translations consist of more than just replacing content from one language to another. It involves nuance and a deep understanding of the source and target languages, as well as the subject matter being translated.

Foreign Translations, serving Charlotte, NC, offers a proven approach that emphasizes high-quality linguists and leverages technology to deliver efficiencies in cost, delivery and quality control.

Regardless of the technology, the process starts with exceptional linguists!

Foreign Translations offers professional translation services  - our linguists are all professionals with a proven track record in their industries - many with advanced degrees and diplomas in translation, localization, and interpreting. We have been around since 1998, and many of our linguists have been with us for 10 or more years!

Core Languages

Foreign Translations provides linguistic services for all the major world languages!  Our "Big 6" language sets are (all varieties of):

  1. Spanish
  2. French
  3. Chinese
  4. Portuguese
  5. Japanese
  6. German

See "Languages: Core Languages" section for more information.

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Why does my business need Translation Services?

If you need to reach your target audience in 2 or more languages, you need translation services!

Target audience -- can be employees, customers, business partners or suppliers. Your "audience" may be located overseas, or speak English as a second language.

Another situation that may call for professional translation involves reaching a bigger audience, reaching existing clients where they are, or interfacing with potential partners in other parts of the world. No matter your goals, our translators can help. We’re accustomed to working with the most commonly used file formats out there, and we can even work with different layers, fonts, and modes across different platforms.

File Types -- most modern businesses utilize many different file types over the course of a regular workday. This is especially true when it comes to training materials, companywide notices, standards updates, and other media. Since 1998, we have provided translations of all major file types. We can handle multimedia, word processing, spreadsheets - you have it, we can work with it!

Contact us (email) or Request a Free Quote today!

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Machine or Automated Translations (MT/AT)

Simply do an online search for "should I use automated translations?" and you will find volumes of research, materials and opinions on this topic. 

Bottom line is this - machine and automated translations have vastly improved, but still cannot replace a human linguist.  If you want to accurately convey your meaning and message to your audience, you cannot avoid getting linguists (like us!) involved.

However, there are specific times and opportunities where AT can supplement or complement traditional linguistic translation services and provide cost and time savings in the process.

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