In a world where more and more people speak English, an interpreted might seem like an unnecessary expense. Chances are, you will be able to make yourself quite understandable for your Japanese colleagues and business partners. So why should you hire a Japanese interpreter?
Navigating between cultures
Do you regularly communicate with Japanese contacts? Then you may have noticed that their culture is very different from yours. The famous ‘Dutch directness’ doesn’t always go over well in other countries. This could lead to misunderstandings or even the unwanted insulting of your business partner. No matter how well you mean, this can negatively affect your communication.
It’s challenging to speak another language
We trust that your contacts in Japan are able to understand you if you speak English most of the time. However, it can be quite a challenge to deliver a well thought out and structured presentation, if one – or both – of you are not speaking your native language.
When communication is in English, your contact will have to translate everything you say in their minds. Because they are not native speakers, the finesses of your story will soon get lost in translation. Quite a shame, especially if you consider that strong communication is the foundation of a positive, lasting collaboration.
The Japanese interpreter as a guide
If you have ever been on a guided tour of a museum, you will know that this allows you to find far more depth and meaning in the artworks. A guide knows every aspect of the material at hand and can effortlessly bring you along on the journey. He understands more than the plain picture of a painting, but is able to give you context and knowledge. This allows you to find more beauty in the artwork.
An interpreter functions as a guide within the Japanese language. You can present your story in your own words, thus communicating every strength and nuance. Your Japanese interpreter is able to show your contact every aspect of this. This means you will not have to concede on your quality, therefore having a greater chance of having meaningful contacts.