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Of the 7 million people living in the metro Houston area, more than 33% speak a language at home other than English. One language that businesses frequently struggle with is French. According to the U.S. Census more than 16,000 Houston residents speak French at home. With increased immigration and trade with French speaking countries such as Canada, France, Republic of Congo, Ivory Coast, Gabon, Niger and Senegal, local businesses need new solutions to overcome language barriers.
For local businesses, language barriers can be costly when information can’t be exchanged or understood between English and non-English speaking employees and trade partners. Since success in business depends on accurate and fast information, language barriers can lead to lost customers, unmet goals, failed projects and wasted opportunities. Businesses can’t afford these losses and need cost-effective solutions. For some companies, this means hiring professional translation services to communicate clearly, correctly, and quickly with their French speaking trade partners, customers, and employees. However, finding the best document translation and human interpreting services company is difficult.
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We are located inside the inner loop (610) on the west side of Houston in the Montrose area, between Katy Freeway and Southwest Freeway. From downtown Houston, take I45 to Allen Pkwy and turn left on Montrose Blvd.
- If you need diploma and transcript translations, we are conveniently located near the University of Houston, Rice University and Texas Southern University.
- For medical document translation, we are minutes from Houston Methodist Hospital and Texas Medical Center.
- For legal document translation, we are near the Central Business District and the Harris County District Court downtown.
- For energy translations, we are only sixteen miles east of the Energy Corridor taking Katy Frwy.
If you need a translation in fewer than 5 hours, please call us first. Translations take time and we may have other commitments that would prevent us from meeting your requirements. Please be respectful if we can’t accommodate your requests. All appointments must be scheduled.
NEED FOR FRENCH TRANSLATION SERVICES IN HOUSTON
While Houston’s healthcare, aerospace, technology and biomedical industries continue to expand internationally, the size of its energy and oil sector makes it the oil capital of the world. Of the 5,000 energy firms located in Houston, many provide services and products to oil and gas producing companies in French speaking countries. For these businesses, providing support and services abroad demands specialized French to English and English to French translation service in Houston.
Considering the amount of commerce that takes place between Houston’s businesses and French speaking countries, it’s easy to understand the need to professionally translate French to English and vice versa. Whether a local business needs a sales contract, employee handbook, training manual or general correspondence translated into French, partnering with a qualified and dependable French translation service is essential for business success.
SCREENED, TESTED & CERTIFIED TRANSLATORS
If you need translators in Houston, choose 24 Hour Translation. 24 Hour Translation Services offers expert French translators who hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in French and native fluency in the languages that they translate into. In addition, many hold advanced certifications from professional organizations such as ACJT – Canadian Association of Legal Translators, ELIA – European Language Industry Association and ATA – American Translators Associations. Along with standard or Parisian French, we offer Canadian French or Quebec French and several African French dialects.
SPECIALIZED FRENCH TRANSLATOR SERVICES
As a business leader, you expect a translator in Houston to provide an accurate and professional French-English translation that is delivered on time, at the most competitive price. Is that too much to expect?
In theory, your expectations make sense. In reality, you are probably miscalculating the complexities of choosing a qualified French translator. The truth is, most projects are intended for specific audiences who expect the use of specific terminology that only a translator with focused education, training and experience would know. Translators with little experience in fields like law, medicine or engineering can be blissfully unaware of the underlying and serious problems with their translations. As a result, they often oversell their capabilities and their clients end up suffering.
Our company has been verified to be one of the oldest providers of translation services in Texas. The many 5-star reviews that we have earned testify to out ability to provide quality, consistent and accurate translations that are delivered on time. Our French division consists of 6 groups that specialize in providing legal translation, medical translation, financial translation, technical translation, certified translation and academic translation. Each group produces accurate translations with professional formatting. The following descriptions detail the types of documents that each of our French translators is qualified to work on.
1. Legal Translation
Legal translation should be left to professionals who have had coursework, training and professional experience in the field of law. Our legal translators hold degrees in the language they translated into and have completed coursework in the field of law. Their experience includes translating legal documents, including contracts and agreements, patents, laws and regulations, article of incorporation, evidentiary records, divorce decrees and power of attorney documents. Since legal translations require complete accuracy, we provide a certificate of translation accuracy. Our certified translations are authenticated through notarization.
2. Medical Translation
Medical translators need more than basic document translation skills. They need a high level of fluency in the source and target languages and the ability to quickly comprehend and express complex medical terms, procedures and conditions. The deep level of knowledge required to accurately translate complex clinical records. Our medical translators are required to have completed specialized coursework or a certification program and several years of professional experience.
3. Financial Translation
Financial translation is more than simply converting currencies, it involves knowledge of terms and concepts related to banking, taxes, market exchanges, business law, and general economic conditions and activities. These are the types of documents our financial content specialists translate.
Our financial translators are required to have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in linguistics or translation and a bachelor’s degree in either Finance or Accounting. The linguistic skills, education and experience of our translators qualifies them to translate financial reports, financial prospectuses, bank statements, audit reports, formation records and tax documents.
4. Technical Translation
Our technical translation team consists of translators who are experienced in translating documents related to petroleum engineering, geology, mechanical engineering and chemical engineering. Their knowledge and work experience make them the ideal choice for translating a range of documents including technical handbooks, operating manuals, scientific reports, specification sheets and surveys.
5. Certified Translation
Certified translations are required for immigration (USCIS) applications, emigration applications, university admission, driver’s licenses, death certificates, marriage licenses, medical records, bank statements, visas and other official types of documents that need to be translated for official purposes. Our certified translators have many years of experience translating documents that resemble the original documents while providing an exact translation.
6. Academic Translation
There are many reasons why you may need a translation of your academic records. Whether you need your diploma, transcript or both translated and certified, we can provide a certified and notarized translation that will be accepted. We also translate immunization records and report cards.
HOW-TO CHOOSE THE BEST FRENCH TRANSLATION SERVICES
Are you thinking about hiring a translator in Houston to provide French to English translations? Choosing the best French translator can be difficult, as there are many options available. While you have budget constraints, you can’t compromise accuracy and quality. What’s more, you need the translation completed by a certain date. So what do you do?
From price to quality to on-time delivery, here are several important things to consider before selecting a translation service.
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From price to quality to on-time delivery, here are several important things to consider before selecting a translation service.
- Specify Subject matter
When hiring a translation service, you have two options: You can either hire a firm with basic or general experience in your field or hire a specialist. If you are on a tight budget, you may need to hire a generalist. A generalist may not have a good of a grasp on the concepts, terminology and jargon that a specialist would have. Just make sure to evaluate your content and make a decision that is in your best interest. 24 Hour Translation employs specialized translators in the fields of law, healthcare, engineering and finance and we strive to keep our rates at $0.10 per word.
- Determine Budget
Before you start looking for a translator, it’s a good idea to establish a budget. Quality translation services usually start around $0.12 per word, then go up from there. If a company offers per page pricing, make sure to understand their definition of a page. Usually, a company will define a page as 250 words and impose large penalties for pages that exceed that count. Some companies also charge extra for proofreading and rush services. By setting a budget, you can weed out services that are outside your budget. By keeping our administration and overhead costs low, we offer our clients very competitive rate of only $0.10 per word.
- Set Deadline
Some companies offer different prices depending on how soon the project needs to be completed. Rush or express services can sometimes cost 2 to 3 times the price of a company’s regular delivery speed. The goal of 24 Hour Translation is to earn your business and keep you as a long-term customer. We will try to accommodate your deadline and avoid extra charges.
- Evaluate Online Reviews
In addition to setting a budget, establishing a deadline and determine whether a specialist is needed, it’s important that you know what to look for in terms of quality. After all, you don’t want to risk your time, budget and reputation on a poor-quality translation. Make sure to read online reviews carefully and evaluate the credibility of each reviews. Fake reviews are common these days, so exercise caution.
- Define Dialect
The French language has many regional dialects that are used throughout the world. Some dialects include African French, Belgian French, Cajun French, Canadian French and Indian French. To ensure understanding, a translation should always be localized for the intended audience.
Your Best Choice For English to French and French to English Translation
Since 24 Hour Translation began providing Houston French Translation services in 1990, it has become one of the premiere English to French translation and French to English translation companies in Houston. Today, we have a proven track record of assisting thousands of businesses, organizations and individuals. Our firm has garnered an exceptional reputation for its success for translating into the various French dialects including African French, Belgian French, Cajun French, Canadian French and Indian French.
As our clients grew in number over the years, so did their needs. In order to meet these needs, the Firm now employs French translators with familiarity in a wide range of industries and technologies. Our translators work in advanced layout and design programs such as Adobe Indesign, Photoshop and Illustrator in addition to working in Microsoft Office applications such as Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Publisher and Microsoft PowerPoint.
Call us today at 713-589-3112 for more information and receive a free proposal.