Spanish Translation

Translating is a multi-faceted and complex process. In order to meet the highest quality standard set forth, all submitted documents are translated, reviewed, and proofread; adhering to the following key criteria:

Readability: many words in Spanish and English have a common ancestry -Latin. Therefore, many translators often make the mistake of translating literally. In order for the text to make sense and flow smoothly, a translator must convey units of meaning, instead of focusing one word or sentence at the time. At Hawaii Translations, the goal is for the translated text to read as an original.

Cultural and linguistic appropriateness: we know that accents and idiomatic expressions vary dramatically between different regions within the same country. Even when visiting other English speaking countries like Scotland or New Zealand, we sometimes have difficulty understanding what is said. The same degree of variability applies to Spanish spoken in Europe, the Caribbean, North, Central, and South America.

By researching and maintaining reliable demographic data, Hawaii Translations takes careful steps to identify and conserve colloquialisms and idiomatic expressions. By doing so, the meaning is not lost in the Spanish to English translation.

Level of technicality and register:  With every translation, it is important to identify the level of sophistication in the language. A translator should never embellish or omit something that is worded incorrectly or contains inappropriate language. Accuracy is only achieved by respecting a text’s register. At Hawaii Translations, terms are carefully selected to match their exact equivalent in English, regardless of the speaker’s background or level of education.

Following these requirements, not only calls for a mastery of highly technical vocabulary and street talk or slang in both English and Spanish. It also involves research and the use of tools, such as industry-specific dictionaries and forums, consulting with experts in the particular field; and in some cases, the hiring of a second translator to edit/proofread.

Spanish-English language support is available for official, legal, and medical document types; included but not limited to:

  • Birth and death certificates

  • Marriage licenses, divorce papers, certificates of non-marital status

  • Adoption documents

  • Criminal records/rap sheets

  • Powers of attorney

  • Articles of association, amendment certificates, and merger dissolution agreements.

  • Wills, successions, real estate sale and transfer titles, deeds, notes, distributorship agreements, etc.

  • Immigration forms, applications, worksheets, and questionnaires.

  • Affidavits, declarations, statements, and memorandums.

  • Bills of health and medical records.

  • School records, transcripts, diplomas, and on-line college certificates.

All translated documents may include an official Certificate of Translation to be filed with local, federal, and/or foreign governments.

Interested? Request a free quote or call 808-343-6938 for an estimate.

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Editing and certification

In some cases, the accuracy and precision of a translation is critical. If a document is part of an application for immigration benefits or is evidence in a trial, its translation MUST be error free. A discrepancy could result in adverse legal consequences for the client.

Hawaii Translations offers editing services:

  • First, the document is translated and reviewed.

  • A second translator then proofreads and screens for errors or discrepancies.

  • Lastly, the document is returned to the first translator for final review and  certification.

Agencies which may require a translated document to be edited and/or certified include:

  • US Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS, previously Immigration and Naturalization Services -INS)

  • Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR).

  • Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

  • US Justice Department (DOJ) superior, appellate, bankruptcy courts; as well as state courts, i.e. district, family, and traffic courts.

  • US State Department, embassies, and consulates.

  • Federal and local law enforcement agencies.

All translated and edited documents will include an official certificate of translation, issued by a judiciary certified court interpreter, in order for the document to be filled with local, federal, and/or foreign government. Notarization is also offered for an additional fee.

Interested?

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