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Why Translate to English and to Spanish?

August 12, 2008 3 Comments »

Although records of translations date back more than two thousand years, the Information Age has sparked quite a boom in the need for translation. The world has become more interconnected through international commerce, improved communications, and of course, the World Wide Web. This is especially true for Spanish and English, as things like NAFTA, the record numbers of Spanish-speaking immigrants in the U.S., and the loosening of trade restrictions has made increased communication between English and Spanish speaking countries essential. One can reach almost the entire world if they use the right channels, and the implications of this are enormous for both the Spanish and English speaking communities.

From a business perspective, the ramifications of this are unparalleled. The number of potential customers can jump exponentially overnight, and corporations have known this for years. Now we are seeing it trickle down to mid-size and even local companies, who use translations and a little cultural awareness to reach a new audience. With more than 300 million Spanish speakers in the world, companies are opening their doors to new potential customers by marketing directly to the Hispanic consumers. And with English as the world’s current lingua franca, Spanish speaking countries are doing likewise by translating into English.

In this blog, we are going to be talking about Spanish into English and English into Spanish translations. I hope to keep the topics varied enough so that everyone can learn a little about this specific style of translation, how it’s done, and why it’s important. Our goal is to provide information for everyone: an author looking to translate his or her work for the first time, a professional translator who wants to learn a little more about their trade, essentially anyone interested in Spanish-English translation.

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3 Responses to “Why Translate to English and to Spanish?”

  • Mrs. Jones
    Commented on August 14, 2008 at 4:29 am

    I appreciate people who take this profession so seriously and with such conviction. Congratulations, I wish you all the best!

  • Mrs. Jones
    Commented on August 13, 2008 at 9:29 pm

    I appreciate people who take this profession so seriously and with such conviction. Congratulations, I wish you all the best!

  • justinb
    Commented on August 14, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    Thank you for the kind words Mrs. Jones. I hope you continue to enjoy the blog.