Do you have any questions about our services and processes?
Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any additional questions. We will be happy to help you over the phone, by e-mail or via our contact form.
Interlingua offers first-class translations into over 90 languages. A wide network of carefully vetted specialist translators and language experts will enable you to get your message across to your target audience with pinpoint accuracy.
Would you like to know whether we can handle the desired language combination for your subject field? Then feel free to contact us. There’s no obligation!
Interlingua is a leading translation agency in nearly all subject fields. Whether for business, industry, technology, marketing, advertising, medicine, law, tourism, science, education, environment, film, media, insurance or IT – we have the right translators and revisers ready for you.
Normally your translation can be done easily online: you send us your file by email or via our contact form and let us know the language(s) you would like it to be translated into. We will analyse your source text and get right back to you with a non-binding offer, including the price, delivery date and information on how to make payment.
We are also happy to provide digital quotations for certified translations, which are often attached to the original document.
When you place an order with us, we will instruct our best translator for the language combination and subject area of your text. In this way we can provide you with a translation of the highest quality.
Interlingua works with various file formats. You can send your text as a Word document, in Open Office format, as an Excel sheet, PDF or JPG. We can also process InDesign or XML files without any problems.
Is your source text in another file format? Get in contact with us and we will find a solution for you.
The cost of a translation depends on many factors – the language combination, the subject field, the amount of text, the number of repetitions and the date of delivery. Due to the long-term and stable collaboration with our translators and the fact that we work with modern translation technology, we can always offer you the best value for money. For an exact price, we look at your source text carefully and send you a non-binding offer.
We only work with professional specialist translators who will always process your project as quickly as possible. We will tell you the earliest possible delivery date for your translation project when we send you your quotation. As a guide, an experienced translator can translate approximately 1,500 words per working day.
For large translations, we can set up teams of translators for you to enable an even earlier delivery date. And if you need to have the translation even sooner, we can offer you an express translation.
You will receive your finished translation on time either by email or (in the case of certified translations and also according to what has been agreed on) as a registered letter by post. We will agree on the desired format, ideally before starting the project.
We will be happy to adapt your translation to the original layout (DTP work) or ensure that it is conveniently arranged by laying out the source text and translation for you in tabular form.
Ideally, you should send us an export of your website, blog or online shop. This ensures that all the texts and background information (e.g. SEO metadata) are actually translated. You can also be sure that all the translated content will appear in the right place when you import it again later.
Depending on the website’s setup, the files are normally exported in XLIFF or XML format. Of course, you can also send us your texts in many other file formats, such as:
Are your website texts in a different format? No problem, we’ll find a solution. Feel free to contact us. There’s no obligation! We’d be happy to advise you!
First, the good news: exporting your website(s) is usually much easier than it sounds. The procedure can vary depending on the provider, setup or plugin. It’s probably best to ask your service provider first. But we’d also be happy to assist, if necessary, either via our contact form, over the phone or by email.
However, we’d still like you to send us the full text. This way we can avoid any misunderstandings and can send you a cost estimate really quickly. Whether it’s a Word, Excel or XML file or some other format – it really doesn’t matter.
To be able to process the texts for your website in a way that saves costs, is quick and to a high standard, it’s important to have them translated using our CAT tools. We therefore strongly advise you not to have them translated directly in your system.
For one thing, the translation would be more expensive. Using a CAT tool to translate makes it possible to charge per word (instead of by the hour) and takes into account discounts for repetitions and similar things that don’t need translating – and there are many of these on a typical website.
This way, we are also able to ensure consistent use of terminology throughout the translation. Your specific corporate wording will be taken into consideration at all times and the desired tone achieved on each page.
An additional bonus is that we save your translations in dedicated translation memories, so we can access them again for future translations. This means that when you update your website’s content or develop a new landing page, you can be sure that the translation matches the other pages perfectly.
None of this would be possible by translating directly in your website.
The cost of a translation depends on many factors, including the language combination, the subject field, the amount of text and the discount for the number of repetitions. For an exact price, please send us your source text and we’ll contact you as soon as possible with our best offer.
Translating your website is an important project which needs to be well prepared. To support our customers in the best way possible, we have compiled the most important points in this article, so you can plan properly for the translation of your website.
Do you have any more questions? We’d be happy to advise you, either via our contact form, over the phone or by email.
We charge for keyword research by the hour. The translation is charged according to the number of words. The cost of a translation depends on many factors. The most important factors are the language combination, the subject field, the amount of text and the discount for the number of repetitions. So for an exact quote, please send us your source texts together with your key words in your source language including the URLs and the SEO metadata. We will then contact you as soon as possible with our best no-obligation offer.
SEO is obviously always used for search engines and, of course, having the right key words at suitable places is important for a good SEO translation. When translating, we therefore make sure to incorporate your keywords strategically into the content and metadata. But even with SEO texts, the goal remains to write the most appealing, reader-friendly and natural text possible – and in all languages.
No doubt you put a lot of effort into your metadata when optimising your website. This applies above all to the Meta Title and Meta Description (= the texts that are displayed in the search results as so-called snippets). It is important to design these short texts optimally for each page – and in all languages. When translating, we make sure that the meta title (= the heading of the snippet) contains the focus keyword and, in particular, is the right length so that it is not cut off in the search results. The meta description (= the text in the search result) should be short and concise and ideally also contain a call to action. We will gladly take care of that for you as well. In the field of e-commerce, image SEO also plays an important role. Among other things, the metadata of product images is optimised (file name, ALT attributes or ALT tags) in order to positively influence the ranking in the image search. Of course, you are also welcome to send us these data for translation.
There are two reasons for this. On the one hand, the URL also has to be translated and should contain the most important keyword (focus keyword) of the respective page. On the other hand, it is important to distribute your keywords well on the different subpages so that individual pages do not cannibalise each other (get in each other’s way in terms of ranking). Your target language keywords are strategically placed by including your URLs.
Since SEO translations only make sense for websites that are already optimised for search engines, your keywords are an important starting point for our analyses. This is because they tell us a lot about the structure and goals of your website or individual landing pages. Which makes the weighting and distribution of the target language keywords easier for us to figure out. Nevertheless, we never translate your keywords one to one, but always research the optimal country-specific equivalents.
- You send us your source texts together with your keywords in the source language including URL and metadata (title tag and meta description)
- You will receive our no-obligation offer
- Once we have received your approval, we will start with the keyword research
- We compile the developed keywords in our translation memory system. In this way they remain saved for future SEO translations (e.g. for new landing pages).
- We translate your website texts according to SEO best practices
Is your website or landing page already search engine optimised? Would you like to reach international customers in the best possible way with your multilingual website or open up new target markets? Then an SEO translation is ideal for you.
When translating a website, there is no need for multilingual or target-language keyword research at the start of the project: you send us your source texts and then you will receive our quote for the translation, which is carried out under the four-eyes principle.. After you give your approval, we start working on the translation right away. This option is a very good solution for companies that are predominantly regionally/nationally active and whose sites are not yet search-engine optimised. We recommend our SEO translations to providers with websites that are search-engine optimised or online shops and international customers. You can rest assured that website and SEO translations at Interlingua are always carried out by specialist translators who are native speakers of the target language and supervised by experienced project managers.
For a certified translation, a legally certified translator confirms that their translation matches the original document and is correct by means of an attestation clause, seal and signature. A certified or sworn translation is therefore a legally binding document and is recognised by authorities/official bodies.
If you want to present official documents in a foreign language to the Austrian authorities, they usually have to be translated into German in a certified form (e.g. excerpts from commercial registers or criminal records, credentials, birth certificates).
This also applies if you want to submit Austrian certificates and items of proof at an office or an institute abroad (e.g. contract, annual report, notarised deed, expert report).
We can draw on a sustainable network of sworn and court-certified translators throughout Austria and can therefore offer you certified translations in many language combinations.
Not only do our certified interpreters translate into the most common European languages, such as German, English, French, Italian or Spanish, but also into less common languages – such as Croatian, Serbian, Slovakian or Turkish. As you would expect, we also work together with competent, certified translators for Russian, Chinese or Arabic.
Are you uncertain whether your desired language combination is possible? Then please send us an email and our project managers will be happy to advise you.
The price of a certified translation depends on many factors. Most importantly, it depends on the language combination, the amount of text and subject area. It is calculated either as a flat rate or according to the number of standard lines in the target text. In addition to this, the translator also charges a certification fee.
For a more exact price estimate, please send us your source document by email or via our contact form. We will then check it carefully and send you a non-binding offer as soon as possible.
A certified translation is often needed yesterday rather than today. We work together with experienced sworn translators who will process your certified translation as soon as possible. We will tell you the earliest possible delivery date for your translation project when we send you your quotation.
Only generally sworn and court-certified translators or interpreters with special training to become a court interpreter.
In order to do this training, translators must have successfully completed a degree in translation and interpreting and have two years of relevant work experience. Applicants must then complete a rigorous exam administered by the courts.
Court interpreters must also have outstanding language skills and be able to apply broad specialised knowledge in a field such as law (Austrian and European law and jurisprudence), medicine, or technology.
It may be the case that we have to attach the sworn translation to your original document. This depends on the requirements of the authority you wish to submit your documents to. So that we can deliver your certified translation as soon as possible, we recommend you find out in advance whether attaching the translation to a copy (scan) is sufficient.
For the quotation and the translation itself, it is enough to send a scan of the original document(s).
As a rule, certified translations are issued on paper. This involves attaching and then sealing the original document (or a copy of it), the attestation clause and the translation.
However, it is becoming more common to use electronic signatures to confirm translations. Currently, we can offer you digital certified translations into Bosnian, Croatian, Danish, English, French, Hungarian, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian, Serbian and Spanish.
Digital certifications are particularly useful when you want to deliver your document electronically to somewhere abroad (e.g. tender documents, university admission papers). Another advantage is that nothing has to be delivered by post, which can save a little time.
We recommend that you find out in advance whether digital certification is applicable in your case.
The apostille serves as confirmation of the validity of documents, certificates and signatures in international legal correspondence. It is a simplified form of legalisation and is valid among states that have signed the Hague Apostille Convention.
Whether your documents require an apostille depends on the requirements of the authorities in the target country. To be able to deliver your project as quickly as possible, we recommend that you ask about these things in advance.
For certificates issued in Austria, the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs is responsible. For documents from other countries, please consult the relevant representative body. The authorities/institutions you would like to submit your certified translation to will also be able to help you.
Neural Machine Translation (NMT) is the latest MT method and is based on deep learning. This is a machine learning process in which so-called artificial neuronal networks are formed and continuously updated using huge amounts of data. In this way, the engine learns with every translation.
For post-editing projects, we work with a combination of different, well-established machine translation tools and CAT tools. With the help of plug-ins, the advantages of both systems can be combined (e.g. by using a terminology management system and existing translation memories).
Interlingua will support you in all phases of the project and offer you tailored MT and PE services:
– You leave the machine translation as well as the post-editing to our experts.
– You already have an in-house engine and require post-editing of your machine-translated texts.
– You would like to optimise your source texts for MT projects: the more consistent your source text is, the better MT results you can expect. We have created translation-orientated authoring and style guides to help you with this.
Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all answer to this. The results vary depending on the language, text type and subject field. The quality of the source text also plays an important role.
As part of the post-editing, your machine-translated texts will be checked and corrected. Depending on whether you opt for light or full post-editing, our post-editors will focus on different aspects and types of mistakes.
In appropriate cases, full post-editing delivers a quality of translation that comes close to that of human translation:
- A grammatically, syntactically and semantically correct translation
- Correct and consistent key terminology, consideration of terms not to be translated
- No additions or omissions
- No culturally inappropriate content
- Extensive adoption of machine-translated content (to save costs)
- Correct formatting
- Stylistically acceptable (correction of rough drafts)
Light Post-Editing provides an understandable translation that should be used purely for internal information purposes:
- Semantically correct translation (might contain minor grammatical and syntax errors)
- No additions or omissions
- No culturally inappropriate content
- Extensive adoption of machine-translated content (to save costs)
- No stylistic corrections
We provide interpreters for any company event, both for meetings with small groups as well as for large conferences and trade fairs.
We offer interpreting services only for company events (e.g. meetings, conventions, conferences), not for private purposes.
It is ideal to plan 2-3 weeks in advance so that the interpreter can prepare for the event as well as possible. However, we can also organise a suitable interpreter for your event at shorter notice. Contact us by email or via our contact form and we will find a solution for your situation.
The use of an interpreter is calculated on the basis of half-day or full-day rates. For shorter periods of only 1 or 2 hours, reduced half-day rates will be charged depending on the availability of the interpreters.
Interpreting is a highly complex activity which requires a huge amount of concentration. This means that whenever simultaneous interpreting is required, teams of two interpreters are formed. The interpreters alternate during the session and support each other. This is the only way to guarantee high-quality interpreting.
Send us the file or a link to the video via E-Mail or via our contact form and tell us the desired target languages. This will enable us to calculate the time needed to transcribe the video and the number of words for the translation, and then make you a non-binding offer.
When you place an order with us, we will transcribe your video first and then create an SRT file. This forms the basis of the translation. If you already have a transcription of the video, please send this to us as well. This will shorten the editing time and, of course, reduce your costs.
However, the translation is not the end of the process. Next, we will carefully adjust the subtitles to your video, so that the text matches what is said as closely as possible. This aspect of the work is therefore almost as important as the translation itself.
Yes, the video has to be transcribed in advance in order to be able to create and translate the subtitles. We will use the transcription to prepare an SRT file, which we then translate. If you already have a transcription, you can send this to us. This reduces not only the processing time but also your costs.
Yes, it is always necessary to adjust the subtitles after they have been translated, as there are guidelines on how long the subtitles have to be, which are not always adhered to when translating. This means that the subtitles will be checked after they are translated and shortened, if necessary.
I already have automatically generated subtitles from YouTube, can these be used or will they need adjusting?
Automatically generated subtitles definitely need adjusting. However, the total amount of time needed for your project will be reduced if automatically generated subtitles are already available, as we won’t need to transcribe the video.
Do you need to have a document proofread, improved, checked or processed? With so many different terms used for checking texts, it is easy to get confused. To stay on top of things, you only have to ask yourself two questions:
Would you like to have a monolingual or a bilingual review?
You have a translation and would like to have it checked to see if it matches exactly what is written in the original text? Then you should choose a revision. This is when the translation is compared with the original text in terms of its content as well as linguistic and formal criteria. If there are any inadequacies then the translation will be corrected.
Should your text be checked only formally or also stylistically?
If you would like to have a text in one language checked then you have the choice between linguistic editing, which includes all the aspects of revision except the comparison with the original text, and proofreading, which focuses on the linguistic accuracy and the formal aspects.
Proofreading is restricted to checking and correcting formal aspects, such as punctuation, spelling, grammar and layout. Classic proofreading is mostly suitable for texts that have to be checked one last time in the final layout before they are published.
Linguistic editing goes into more depth. If you have your text proofread by Interlingua, then the proofreader will also make additional stylistic suggestions for improvement. This service is mainly suitable for making sure that the text is pleasant and easy to read.
Whether you need a monolingual or bilingual review to formally or also stylistically check your text then Interlingua can check your texts and translations in over 90 languages.
From common European languages like English, French or Spanish to world languages like Chinese and Arabic all the way to “less common” languages like Czech or Polish, we are your competent partner for linguistic editing and proofreading.
The carefully selected experts in our network possess a wide range of experience in proofreading and editing, and can support you in getting your message across with crystal clarity.
Whether annual financial statements for the banking industry, leaflets for enclosing with medical products or contracts for the property sector, we have suitable experts available for every kind of text.
For our customers in the areas of marketing and advertising, we ensure linguistically and stylistically flawless advertising messages in brochures and magazines or on websites and social media channels.
Of course, precisely worded and error-free texts are essential in all industries and subject fields. Checking the readability is suitable for technical instruction manuals, reports in the education and research sector, as well as material on information relating to complex subject areas, such as law and insurance.
It depends on which type of check you choose (proofreading, linguistic editing, revision).
Proofreading mainly deals with a purely formal check. We estimate that the proofreader can improve about 1,000 words of text in one hour.
Linguistic editing involves checking the stylistic and terminological features of the text. Here the reviewer needs approximately 30% more time depending on the linguistic quality of the text.
A revision also requires checking and improving the source text. You can expect a speed of approximately 600 words an hour for this kind of bilingual correction.
Our graphic designers either speak the foreign language in question or can consult our translators at any time. That way we can often adapt the layout of the translation more efficiently than your own in-house graphic designer. And you can publish your translated files straight away, without needing additional resources of your own.
The number of words, sentence structure, text length: it may be the case that your translation differs considerably from your original text. In our experience, a graphic service that works with the target language is therefore highly advisable for the following products:
- Brochures, catalogues and image folders
- Magazines, books and e-books
- Product specification sheets, manuals and operating instructions
- Infographics for websites, social media or newsletters
With our international network of graphic designers, we can offer you our DTP service in nearly all languages: whether you need a manual in Russian, technical documentation in Chinese or package inserts in Arabic.
Most layout programs are compatible with our CAT tools. These make it possible to translate directly in your original file, after which we carry out the post processing of the graphics or foreign-language typesetting.
Using this software we mainly work with:
- Adobe InDesign, Framemaker, Illustrator, Photoshop
- MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, MS Visio, MS Publisher
Can’t find your software on the list? Contact us – we’ll find a solution.
The use of consistent, structured and company-specific terminology is an important criterion for the success of your company as is it your linguistic figurehead. Terminology management contributes to improved text quality and legal certainty thanks to clear definitions and terms. It promotes the comprehensibility and consistency of your translations and strengthens your corporate identity.
The terminology database (termbase) stores subject-specific terminology and equivalents – similar to a glossary. As a rule, a termbase doesn’t just consist of lists of words but is supplemented by additional information such as synonyms, forbidden terms, sample sentences, references, sources or metadata. While using a translation tool (CAT tool), translators receive suggestions and tips from the termbase, which means that they can be sure they are adhering to the customer’s wording.
This refers to the management of technical terms and related information in a monolingual or multilingual database. These databases usually contain terms relating to your industry and subject, as well as your company’s preferred in-house terminology. This information is maintained and updated on a regular basis.
We can export your termbase in different formats (e.g. Excel or TBX) if you would like to check the status of your customer-specific, Interlingua terminology database.
If you would like to have immediate access, e.g. to edit the terms yourself or make them available to staff, this is possible via a secure web-based terminology management system that we can provide. You decide which access rights you require and we deal with the maintenance of your data.
Translations into plain language should remain as close a possible to the original text in terms of their structure, context and function. There can, however, be some changes: normally, additional explanations and examples are added. The order of certain pieces of information can be changed, as long as this helps the reader understand the text. It is possible to discuss in advance which terms and elements must be kept or explained.
As a rule, texts in plain language are longer because technical terms in particular have to be explained and the layout needs to be changed using features such as a larger font and more space between the lines. In the case of images, it is also important that they match the content and convey a clear message.
Plain language is suitable for almost any subject area. Typically, texts in the areas of health, social affairs, education, administration and law are translated into plain language.