How to hire Icelandic translators
Icelandic is the official language of Iceland, a Nordic island nation in the North Atlantic Ocean, known for its geysers, hot springs, and glaciers. If you’re looking for a professional who can help you localize your business for Icelandic speaking communities, an Icelandic translator can help.
So how do you hire Icelandic translators? What follows are some tips for finding top Icelandic translators on Upwork.
How to shortlist Icelandic translation professionals
As you’re browsing available Icelandic translation professionals, it can be helpful to develop a shortlist of the independent talent you may want to interview. You can screen profiles on criteria such as:
- Industry fit. You want a translator who can not only translate Icelandic but also understands how to translate industry-specific lingo between languages.
- Communication. A translator needs strong written and verbal communication skills to ensure your message remains intact post-translation.
- Feedback. Check reviews from past clients for glowing testimonials or red flags that can tell you what it’s like to work with a particular Icelandic translator.
How to write an effective Icelandic translation job post
With a clear picture of your ideal Icelandic translator in mind, it’s time to write that job post. Although you don’t need a full job description as you would with employment, aim to provide enough detail for an independent contractor to know if they’re the right fit for the project.
An effective Icelandic translation job post should include:
- Scope of work: From Icelandic-to-English subtitles to translated eBooks, list all the deliverables you’ll need.
- Project length: Your job post should indicate whether this is a smaller or larger project.
- Background: If you prefer specific experience performing certain translation services, such as translating technical documents and user manuals, mention this here.
- Budget: Set a budget and note your preference for hourly rates vs. fixed-price contracts.
Ready to bridge the communication gap between your business and Icelandic speaking communities? Log in and post your Icelandic translation job on Upwork today.
ICELANDIC TRANSLATION SPECIALISTS FAQ
What is Icelandic?
Icelandic is a West Scandinavian language that was brought to the island by settlers from western Norway. Here’s a quick overview of the skills you should look for in Icelandic translators:
- Icelandic to English and/or English to Icelandic translation
- CAT (computer-assisted translation) tools such as Workbench or MultiTrans
- Audio transcription (e.g. subtitles)
- Writing and grammar (English and Icelandic)
- Specialist, technical, commercial, or industrial knowledge
- Strong understanding of how style, tone, and other cultural elements should be transferred between English and Icelandic
Why hire Icelandic translators?
The trick to finding top Icelandic translators is to identify your needs. Is your goal to translate a user manual from English to Icelandic? Or do you also need a creative who can effectively translate the emotions from a Skaldic poem for English ears?
The cost of your project will depend largely on your scope of work and the specific skills needed to bring your project to life.
How much does it cost to hire an Icelandic translator?
Rates can vary due to many factors, including expertise and experience, location, and market conditions.
- An experienced Icelandic translator may command higher fees but also work faster, have more-specialized areas of expertise, and deliver higher-quality work.
- A contractor who is still in the process of building a client base may price their Icelandic translation services more competitively.
Which one is right for you will depend on the specifics of your project.