3 Tips For Working With A Professional Russian Translator

Posted on: 14 July 2016

Going to Russia for the first time is exciting, but if you are not familiar with the language, you could also be a little nervous. One way to get around this problem would be to hire a professional Russian translator. This will ensure that you have someone with you every step of the way on your trip so that there are no miscommunications with business partners or just people on the street. If you haven't worked with a translator before though, you may be unsure of what the protocol is. Here are three tips for working with a professional translator that help ensure all your interactions go smoothly.

Avoid English Slang and Other Complications

Even if you have an especially good interpreter, they may not be completely familiar with the culture where you are from. English is a language that has many colloquialisms and slang terms. When working with your translator, stick to professional language, using only words you would find in a standard English dictionary. When in doubt, always choose the simpler word to make your translator's job as easy as possible.

Speak Slower Than Normal and Make Sure You Enunciate

In order to translate for you properly, the translator is going to need to take time to process what you are saying before they can spit it back out in Russian or another language. Be conscious of how fast you are talking and be sure to slow down and enunciate clearly if you feel like your translator is lagging behind. Whoever you are actually trying to speak with will clearly understand the situation and will likely be patient with you and your translator while you get through the situation.

Make Eye Contact with the Person You Are Actually Addressing

It can feel natural to want to look towards your translator while you are speaking, but this could actually be seen as rude by the individual you are actually trying to have a conversation with. Translators are used to carefully listening to someone's words and watching their mouth as it moves to get a full idea of what they are saying. They will not be offended if you are not looking right at them when you are speaking. Keep your focus on your business partner or whoever else you are trying to communicate with and your translator will take care of the rest. 

If you need to work with a professional Russian translator in Russia or elsewhere, make that person's job as easy as possible by avoiding slang terms and other words that might not be easy to translate. While speaking, use a slower pace than normal with careful enunciation, but be sure to look directly at the person you are communicating with and not the translator. Your Russian translator will likely have some additional tips to help you get used to the process.

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