for the Linguistic Validation Projects

Project Overview

The process of linguistic validation involves having native speakers of the target language review texts to help evaluate the quality of the translation.

No professional training or other background in translation is required to participate.  Anyone who is a native speaker of the target language, is at least 18 years old and resides in the relevant country or region is eligible to participate.

Linguistic Validation – Current Projects (All Languages)

The Process of Linguistic Validation

1. The texts are sent to each participant by e-mail.  (Sending the texts by post is also an option if the participant does not have an e-mail address).

2. The participant then reviews the texts in his/her own time, making note of any language or vocabulary which is not clear or may not be suitable for use in that country.

3. The participant then takes part in a telephone or in-person interview (depending on the project requirements), generally at a time which is most convenient for the participant.  The interview involves paraphrasing the text to assess whether the translation is correct and easily understood.  Suggestions for improving the text can also be provided during this time.

4.  Payment for participation in the interview is sent as soon as possible following completion of the project, usually within a couple of weeks.  (Bank transfer, PayPal, Moneybookers and Western Union are payment options.)

The interview is conducted entirely in the subject’s native language, so no English is required to participate.

This is not proofreading or editing but rather a process which involves going over each line of the translation with the interviewer.  Most project interviews are telephonic, but sometimes the interviews are held in person, at a location and time convenient for the person being interviewed.

Anyone interested in participating should fill in the following form for more information:

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