Convey your message to Japan or Italy more clearly and effectively with website translated by Aliseo Japan®
Today website translation is a strategic investment for subjects that operate in foreign markets, and it is especially so for companies and institutions that owe their very existence to the Internet. This page provides information about our Japanese and Italian website translation service, which we market especially to small- and medium-size businesses in need of a tangible and professional interface to Japan or Italy in addition to the standard English version, which in fact is not always sufficient given the unfamiliarity of the Japanese with this language.
Introduction to our website translation service
Many company executives still believe that an English-only website is sufficient to present their company to all international markets. This approach is both mistaken and naive, for it assumes a level of English ability that many potential customers do not possess.
Another, perhaps worse, mistake is that of companies who for budget reasons decide to translate their multilingual website by means of the machine translation. (This practice is very common especially among public institutions, local organizations, even tourism agencies and many Japanese companies.) Apart from the obvious issue of corporate image of which every company should be aware, the choice to use machine translation—that is not a professional translator—sometimes can suffice if the characteristics of the languages involved allow it (for example between common-root languages such as Italian, English, French and Spanish), provided that the exact understanding of their website is not a priority. At any rate, and of course this also depends on the subject matter, they should not expect much more than a very vague comprehension, and in any case special attention should be paid to the very serious mistakes that automatic translation profusely proposes.
But when languages that are fundamentally different from each other are involved, such as Italian and Japanese, things become even more critical because the translated output is even more vague if not at all impossible. Certainly, this would cause serious harm in terms of company image. In fact, automatic translation tools usually yield an amusing hodgepodge of words rife with critical comprehension errors, and therefore they should not be used as is professionally unless a human translator is hired to fix everything. In most cases, companies might as well give up automatic translation entirely and entrust the job to a professional translator from the beginning.
Incidentally, even Google itself recommends not to use its MT service (Google Translate) for professional translations!
Translating a website is more complex than general translations, because the translator needs additional knowledge about the HTML markup language to modify the structure of pages when necessary. The more complex a website is, the deeper this technical understanding must be.
Your website translated into:
- Italian → Japanese
- Japanese → Italian
- English → Japanese
- English → Italian
The website translation process
If the client would prefer to export the text of his website into simple Word or Excel files and have us translate those into Italian or Japanese, that’s fine too—just note that the client himself will be responsible for importing the translated text back into the original HTML, PHP, or ASP files.
A translator is to be like his author; it is not his business to excel him.
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The biggest advantage when working directly with HTML, PHP, and ASP files is that it negates the need for a series of risky and laborious copy-paste operations on the translated text, thus alleviating the workload of the web designer and eliminating the possibility of errors creeping into the HTML source code.
In either case, we will check the final layout of the Japanese or Italian version with the most commonly used browsers when necessary and advise the client of any display issues that a web designer unfamiliar with the Japanese or Italian language may not detect.
Note for owners or webmasters of non-static websites, i. e. created with a CMS system (WordPress, Joomla, Drupal etc.): in this case we translate only texts exported in Word, Excel or txt format from such systems. This export (and subsequent re-importation of translated texts) should be done by them.
Although not a requirement should the client request that the translation be made after exporting his website to Word or Excel files, to work directly with HTML, pp or asp files a set of appropriate software tools is recommendable (please see our software and hardware tools for translators page). Our own website development environment is primarily powered by Dreamweaver (and Fireworks for small graphical changes), while for translation we utilize a CAT software that lets us work directly with HTML or PHP files (if the clients decides to go that route).
This is our translation workflow when working directly on website source files:
- The client emails us the source files (.html, .php, or .asp format).
- We translate the files directly in those file formats.
- We conduct a post-translation check using Dreamweaver. This phase allows us to apply any necessary changes to the markup structure so that it adapts to the target language.
- We check the resulting web pages with popular Internet browsers such as Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Opera, and Safari.
The client's webmaster will be responsible for storing and maintaining the files on the server and for updating any internal links.
Please note: our website translation service does not include on-page SEO optimization (individual page optimization activities to increase visibility through improved ranking in search engines). This responsibility should be entrusted to an SEO specialist.
Website Translation Rates
for translation companies
|Italian → Japanese||From USD 0.18 / Word|
|Japanese → Italian||From USD 0.11 / Char|
|English → Italian||From USD 0.16 / Word|
|English → Japanese||From USD 0.16 / Word|
- These rates are updated periodically to reflect changes in the JPY/USD exchange rate.
- The rates shown here apply to standard translation jobs. Special rates may apply for specialized texts or jobs that will require extended periods of time.
- The minimum rate per job for direct clients is USD 40.
- Unless different terms are agreed upon in advance, all payments are due within 30 days of the invoice date. (Private individuals must make their payments before translation work begins)
- Payment method: PayPal or credit card via the free PayPal service (account registration not required).
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