Freelance Translators in North America
Freelance translators in North America work independently in the translation industry. Freelance translators often work through North American translation agencies and translation companies to supplement their business and income and usually have their own roster of clients.
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Professional freelance translators have an understanding of linguistic issues and recognize the value of getting it right. Of course, there remains the challenge of finding the translation resource that is best suited to a particular language pair and/or subject matter.
To assist the buyers of translation services in identifying a competent translation resource, the American Translators Association (ATA) has published a guide to buying translation services: "Getting it Right", the ATA guide to buying translations.
"Getting it Right" is an ATA client education booklet available in print and online in pdf format. By applying even half the tips in this guide, you will improve your chances of getting a translation that works.
For non-linguists, buying translations is often a source of frustration. The suggestions in this guide are aimed at reducing stress. Besides getting it right, there are steps buyers can take to ensure they get quality translation from a freelance translator. Check out the online Quality Translation Buying Guide.
To identify a competent freelance translation resource, you can request a quote through the Translation Classifieds quote service or contact the freelance translation resources listed on the Free Translation Classifieds website.
The Language Landscape in North America: Canada, the United States, Mexico, Greenland, Bermuda and the French islands of St-Pierre et Miquelon
See also: Overview of the Global Language Landscape: Number of Internet Users and Languages in Use on the Worldwide Web
CANADA — FREELANCE TRANSLATION SERVICES IN CANADA
UNITED STATES — FREELANCE TRANSLATION SERVICES IN THE U.S.
- Population: 33,390,141 (estimate @ July 2007)
- Languages Spoken: English (official) -> 59.3%; French (official) -> 23.2%; Other -> 17.5%
- Internet Users: 22 million (@ 2005)
MEXICO — FREELANCE TRANSLATION SERVICES IN MEXICO
- Population: 303,824,646 (estimate @ July 2008)
- Languages Spoken: English -> 82.1%; Spanish -> 10.7%; Indo-European -> 3.8%; Asian and Pacific island -> 2.7% ; Other -> 0.7% [population numbers @ 2000 census; note: Hawaiian is an official language in the state of Hawaii]
- Internet Users: 208 million (@ 2006)
- Population: 108,700,891 (estimate @ July 2007)
- Languages Spoken: Spanish, various Mayan, Nahuatl, and other regional indigenous languages
- Internet Users: 22 million (@ 2006)
- Population: 56,344 (estimate @ July 2007)
- Languages Spoken: Greenlandic (East Inuit), Danish, English
- Internet Users: 38,000 (@ 2005)
ST-PIERRE et MIQUELON
- Population: 66,163 (estimate @ July 2007)
- Languages Spoken: English (official); Portuguese
- Internet Users: 42,000 (@ 2005)
- Population: 7,036 (estimate @ July 2007)
- Language Spoken: French (official)
- Internet Users: not available
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