Creating accurate Korean translations from a foreign language is not easy. Correctly translated documents are appreciated because of their faithfulness to the tone and context of the source document. The best kinds of translations are those that accurately convey the message contained in the original copy. In order for this to occur, the Korean translator will need to possess several important qualities. Some of these include:
Familiarity with the Local Dialect:
The Korean translation service you choose should be familiar with the local dialects. Even though Korean is the official language of both South Korea and North Korea, the language is spoken with different dialects in various parts. For instance within North Korea, the local standard dialect is based on inflections commonly used in the Pyongyang area while the localized dialect in South Korea is based on the dialect used by people living within the Seoul area.
Despite the obvious similarities between the languages spoken by both counties, the Korean language is referred to as Chosono by people in North Korea and Hangungmal by the speakers in South Korea.
Familiarity with the Local Alphabet:
The Korean language and hence English to Korean translation can be written in two different ways depending on your target demographic. Among the residents of South Korea, Korean is written with unique Chinese characters known as Hanja. This special alphabetic script was developed King Sejong the Great in the 1400s. In North Korea however, the use of Hanja is banned.
Familiarity with the Local Vocabulary:
To accurately translate Korean, it is vital that the Korean translation service be familiar with the local Korean vocabulary. This includes the correct spellings and use of the right characters. Given its proximity to these countries, it’s not surprising to find that the Korean language is heavily influenced by the Chinese and Japanese languages. It is estimated that as much as half of the words found in the Korean vocabulary is derived directly or indirectly from the Chinese.
Special attention will also be given to the choice of verbs. Like many languages, the Korean language takes into consideration the superiority or rank of the person being spoken to. Special verbs or nouns might therefore be needed when talking to a person who is deemed socially superior such as an employer or an elderly person. The removal of honorifics can greatly affect the quality of a Korean translation.
Familiarity with the Technical Subject:
Do not focus only on the general qualities of the translator. Consider his specialized skill as well. During your search for the right Korean Translation service, be sure to check for translators who are technically qualified to handle your subject niche. Hiring technical Korean translation service will improve the final quality of a document. For instance, working with a Korean translation professional that is familiar with the medical industry will ensure that he does not translate certain medical terminologies wrongly.
Charlene Lacandazo works with Rosetta Translation, a professional translation company mainly based in London and Shanghai.
Rosetta Translation specialises in providing high quality Korean translation services through its translation offices to international clients.
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