One Word for One World
One Word for One World

Definition: Non-native

Translation is much more than having a perfect command of a language. Even people who have been raised as bilinguals are sometimes poor translators: they are just not capable of taking a text in one language and creating an equivalent in the other language.

On the other hand, people are sometimes forced to engage translators who do not translate into their native language: for example, if there are no native speakers available. Non-native translators must meet very strict requirements:

In both cases, the translator must be able to produce an adequate translation, but prefers to have the text proofread and fine-tuned by a native speaker.

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