The European Biopolymer Summit

Live event in London, UK, 2-3 February, 2022

ACI’s European Biopolymer Summit 2022, in London UK, will bring together senior executives and experts from biopolymer manufacturers,  brand owners, chemical companies, major associations, raw materials, and technology companies, consultants, to discuss the latest changes, challenges and developments within the industry.
For more information about the summit, click here >>>

Spotlight on health translations

Actually the last two years have seemed like one long health awareness period. Our health is something we’ve started to look at differently. No wonder that health-related translations now represent a larger share of our projects than before.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, November is Men’s Health Awareness Month, and you could go on with the list… actually the last two years have seemed like one long health awareness period. Our health is something we’ve started to look at differently.

No wonder that health-related translations now represent a larger share of our projects than before.
Beyond COVID-related documents, here are four examples of recent assignments:

  • This is the second year that we’ve translated various materials into 11 languages for the Personalised Medicine Awareness Month campaign of ECPC, the largest European non-profit cancer patients’ association.

  • We continuously assist Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) Europe, an international non-profit association, with translation and typesetting services to lead the global movement for environmentally-responsible health care. Measuring and reducing plastic in the healthcare sector, and sustainable food contact materials in the European healthcare system, are just two of the recently published papers we worked on.

  • Translations for the VAC-PACT project (Vaccination Confidence – Patients’ and Professionals’ Awareness, Communication and Trust) kept us busy this August and September. This EU-funded project is designed to improve vaccine uptake and confidence, and provides patients with chronic diseases, health professionals, and supporting communities, with tailored information in all the official languages of the European Union. Factsheets, quick guides, e-learning materials, videos, and the project website are all translated and published in local languages.

  • The Health Policy Partnership, a specialist health policy research organisation, has been working with us since mid-2020. As a result of our cooperation, a policy toolkit and a clinical toolkit on fragility fractures, a handbook on heart failure care, and a leaflet on heart valve disease, have all been translated into several languages. Beyond translation, we also took care of the layouting of these informative publications in InDesign.

If you have similar translation or multilingual typesetting needs, feel free to contact us.
We are always happy to welcome new clients and interesting projects – not only in the health field!
Check out our Special Offer here, or contact me directly at

Written by Anita SalátBusiness Development Manager

Questions I heard at ABIM 2021 Basel – Here are the answers

It`s always very useful for me to attend industry-related conferences, not only to meet business partners in person, but also to learn about the regulatory requirements and relevant updates that affect the industry.

Translation needs and challenges of the biocontrol sector

Translation needs and challenges of the biocontrol sector

It`s always very useful for me to attend industry-related conferences, not only to meet existing and potential business partners in person, but also to learn about the regulatory requirements and relevant updates that affect the industry.

Recently I was in Basel at ABIM2021, the Annual Biocontrol Industry Meeting. The agenda and the set-up of the event offered a great opportunity for networking and I could talk to many participants about their translation needs and challenges. I’ve made a short summary about the three most common concerns I heard from companies and the possible solutions we offer.

  1. Quality issues: This was the number one concern I heard. My overall impression was that companies are quite reluctant to outsource their translation tasks due to their bad experience with translation agencies. However, in many cases it’s not possible to do this task inhouse, so they are trying out different language service suppliers.

    Our solution: With a solid client base of 700 companies from the chemical industry and with more than 5 million translated words in the last two years, we make sure that the translations that we do comply with EU and international regulatory requirements.

  2. Short deadlines: The final versions of SPCs need to be translated within five working days. In the case of 24 languages this is almost mission impossible and most translation agencies can’t cope with this task. The issue is the same in the case of registration dossiers.

    Our solution: Over the years we have developed a method that makes it possible to deliver translations of the highest quality into 24 languages, regardless of the length of the document. We have a huge translator pool specialised in chemicals and regulatory affairs. In addition, we can generate the translations in .xml format, so our partners can also save time and they don’t need to upload the language versions manually.

  3. High costs: Companies spend huge amounts on chemical translations, and they may even often have to retranslate the same documents due to quality issues.

    Our solution: We try to motivate our partners to work with us in the long term. We build a translation memory for every partner and give a 60-80% discount on the repetitions and TM matches. This way not only will the translations be cheaper as time goes on but also the quality will be more consistent.

Written by Kristina Bitvai-Aeberhard, Managing Director of Eurideas

What do you gain from having a steady translation partner?

In 2020, 75 new companies decided to start working with us. Chemical companies, regulatory affairs and health policy consultancies, United Nations agencies, European associations, international NGOs and several other companies.
Some of them just popped up, ordered, received the translations, paid the bill and said goodbye, while others have become regular clients.

Why does it benefit you to have one established translation partner, instead of commissioning translation services from different providers each time?

Right from the first project, we draw our client’s attention to the importance of context and background information. We request any special instructions or background documents that the client might like to share with us. If, rather than receiving a single translatable document, we also have access to previous translations, instructions for special terminology to use or a website to consult, the results will be considerably closer to the client’s expectations. These background materials help the translation team to get to know the client’s work and product range better.
It is sufficient to let us know your requirements in terms of format, style or terminology just once, sparing you the trouble of repeating them next time.

A dedicated translation team, consisting of a project manager, one or several translators and one or several proofreaders, is at your service. The team is familiar with your previous translations, requirements and terminology, and our quality assurance experts make sure that you always receive translations of the highest quality.

The more you work with a translation partner, the richer your Translation Memory becomes. We not only store your translations in a Translation Memory, but also reuse them, making your projects cost-effective and your texts consistent. If you work with repetitive texts such as Safety Data Sheets, SPCs, exposure scenarios, labels, annual reports, contracts or legal documents, this is a crucial factor to consider.

It is beneficial to have a tried-and-tested service provider when the authorities suddenly request that you submit a 34,000-word chemical document in Irish, in 5 business days (that is a real-life example that occurred in April 2021). Specific fields, less common languages and short turnaround times will not pose a problem for a translation agency that works with a large pool of translators.

We do much more than just translations. You may have come across us because you needed documents to be translated, but soon you will discover that we can also help typeset your multilingual publications in InDesign – saving you the need to search for a separate graphic designer who can handle Chinese characters or Arabic layout.
You might ask us to translate an agenda and presentations for a meeting and then realise that we can assist you with simultaneous interpreting via ZOOM at the same meeting. You can easily meet several needs with one translation partner if you choose that partner well.

We strive for long-term relationships with our partners and usually have special offers for our new clients. If you place your first order with us before the end of June, we will give you a 7% special discount on all your projects up to the end of summer. That means you have plenty of opportunities to make the most of our services and enjoy a relaxed summer!

If you are looking for a steady translation partner, feel free to contact us via our in-website-form or at and our colleagues will be happy to assist you.

Written by Anita SalátBusiness Development Manager

“This is where we can help!”-webinars on how to host a Zoom event with simultaneous interpretation confidently

We could all talk for hours about the challenges we’ve faced since the pandemic struck in 2020. However, new opportunities have also opened up, so why not focus on them instead? Online or remote simultaneous interpretation is one of the good things that have come into our lives.

In the old days interpretation meant that you met the interpreters in person; they were present at the event, working from a booth or sitting next to you and whispering into your ear, depending on what type of interpretation you required.
Beside the numerous benefits of such personal meetings and onsite events, simultaneous interpretation used to impose a huge financial burden on the organiser company due to the high cost of technical equipment (booths, headsets, microphones), the travel and accommodation cost of speakers and interpreters, catering, room rental, and many other fees.

Under the present circumstances we’re compelled to meet virtually.
Is it better than a face-to-face event? No.
Can you do it in a professional way? Yes.
Can you save money on your events with interpretation? Definitely.

With online interpretation you not only save on travel (both time and expense), but online platforms enabling simultaneous interpretation are also available at a significantly lower cost than technical equipment for a traditional event.
On the other hand, you’re on your own here, you have no technician to help you, and you will need someone at your organisation to learn how to host online events with simultaneous interpretation.

We’ve noticed that our clients are not comfortable in this situation. Smaller organisations have no dedicated staff to deal with the technical aspects of online meetings, so the Office Manager or someone from the Communications Department need to learn these new skills. The majority of these meetings are held on the ZOOM Meetings platform, which we’re familiar with, so we thought “This is where we can help!”, and organised a series of webinars for our partners.

Initially we planned two webinars – and in the end we held four due to high demand. During this webinar we discussed what type of licence you need to host a ZOOM event with simultaneous interpretation, what the technical requirements are, and what settings you need to pay attention to.
Through a simulated event the participants could experience what it’s like to be in the role of an interpreter, how audio channels work, and why relay interpretation is still a challenge in ZOOM Meetings.

We have compiled a guidebook and collected tips and tricks that could be useful for our partners when they organise online simultaneous interpreting in ZOOM Meetings. To those wishing to practise, we provided a licence for 24 hours so they had a chance to practise what we had covered in the webinar.

The feedback we received was amazing! New and long-term partners alike were grateful for the initiative and confirmed that the knowledge we had shared would be invaluable for their work in the future.

“Thank you so much for this very clear and useful presentation!” (Independent Retail Europe)
“Many thanks for an excellent webinar.” (Teagasc Ashtown Food Research Centre)

Special thanks to Kata Miklós (DTP and IT Manager) for introducing the webinar participants to the essentials of ZOOM interpretation, to our marketing communications manager, Csilla Dömötör, for the idea of the webinar, and to all our partners attending and contributing with great questions.

When you’re planning an online event with interpreters on Zoom, but you’ve never done it before and find it too challenging, feel free to contact our project managers.

Our interpreters have experience in remote simultaneous interpreting (RSI), so they can support all your online meetings and conferences in more than 50 languages. They are familiar with the most common online platforms that are used for online events (not only with Zoom but also with others, like MS Teams). You can find more details about our interpretation services here.

If you are a new client, we are pleased to offer a 7% discount on all interpretation and translation services until 30 April. Click and check the details of our SPRING2021 special offer here.  

Villa Rossa: A Hidden Multicultural Beach Paradise

There is a small, beautiful village in Greece called Parga, a meeting point for sun and beach lovers from all over the world. Walking the narrow cobblestone alleys or climbing the steps up to the Venetian castle is a multicultural experience with a wealth of languages being spoken as holidaymakers take snapshots of the dreamy coastline.  The center of this multicultural buzz is Villa Rossa Area, a boutique beach resort.

I had the opportunity to spend a few days at this beautiful place last year and I was really astonished by the high quality and friendliness of this hotel and its people. An additional incentive, in a year when travel remains a challenge, is that Parga and the surrounding area have, according to EU figures, remained the ‘greenest’ – meaning covid-free- part of Europe.

Here are some more details:
Standing on a beautiful sandy beach since the early 1900s and offering undisturbed sea views of crystal-clear blue waters, the historic Villa Rossa Area Boutique Beach Resort, can be an idyllic spot for meeting travelers and tourists from all over the world.
It is also a great starting point for diving, snorkeling and Stand Up Paddle adventures.

The converted landmark seafront estate is symbol of multi-culturalism itself: it was originally built by a French architect in 1903 and combines old Greek world’s charm with modern comfort, and tailor made eco-sensitive design. Using many of the original materials, furniture and lights and masterfully blended with the Residence’s high ceilings, large French windows and undisturbed sea views the Villa Rossa Area is a one-of-a-kind Ionian Dream.
The must-visit landmark villa has starred in international films and is home to several CNN productions.
The Villa Rossa Area offers a historic journey to its origins through an innovative digital interactive museum accessible to both guests and virtual visitors.

The award-winning farm-to-table restaurant hosts al fresco group or private dining experiences in select locations within the grounds, while the private sandy beach area provides direct sea access and docking. The hotel is also reachable by car.

! A secret tip for our readers: The seafront seven-bedroom villa, which boasts a private hill with unbeatable sea views and a century-old olive grove, can also be rented in its entirety.  

Get more information about the available accommodation and services by clicking here.

About Parga:
Set in the idyllic region of Epirus on the western coast of mainland Greece, the exceptional natural beauty of the heart-shaped bay of Parga provides an ideal setting for those seeking a multilingual and multicultural experience… and a stunning coastline.

Inhabited since antiquity, Parga has featured on the sea routes of pirates, explorers from different countries, shipping tycoons and Hollywood legends cruising the Ionian. Aristotle Onassis famously fell in love with beautiful Parga prior to settling for the nearby island of Skorpios. The delightful fishing village nestled in the shadow of the Venetian castle looks out to an iconic islet and mesmerizing bay adorned with majestic sea rocks – a sea lover’s paradise waiting to be explored.

Kristina Bitvai, Managing Director of Eurideas Language Experts

How to host a Zoom event with simultaneous interpretation confidently

  • Are you planning an online event with interpreters on Zoom?
  • But you’ve never done it and find it too challenging?

Eurideas Language Experts is now organising free webinars for its clients and other interested parties about the essentials of simultaneous online interpretation. Anyone who received this email or anyone else at your organisation can join.

Key topics:

  • How to set up a meeting with language interpretation in ZOOM Meetings
  • Step-by-step tutorial for configuring audio channels and other settings
  • Tips & tricks to coordinate interpreters during the meeting
  • Live testing possibility for all functions

Sign-up today and get all the answers from Eurideas Language Experts.

Available webinar dates:
2 March, 2021         10:00-11:00 CET
4 March, 2021         15:00-16:00 CET

Important details:

  • ZOOM licences needed will be provided for the participants for the duration of the webinar. We will inform you in advance about the minimal technical requirements for participation, and about any preparatory steps you need to take.
  • We can accept eight applicants per webinar date.
  • In case you sign up and you can’t join, please let us know a minimum 24 hours before the webinar, so someone else can join instead of you.

Would you like to join? 
Please send your registration to mentioning your date preference and we will get back to you with confirmation and information on the next steps.

You can find more details about our interpretation services here, and an interesting case study on relay interpreting here.

Do you speak “agro”?

Providing translation services for a complex sector like agriculture might be tricky and difficult for agencies without specialised translators and proper terminology databases. Before joining the language services industry, for many years I had worked for agricultural companies.

Challenges of translation in agriculture and in agro-industry

Providing translation services for a complex sector like agriculture might be tricky and difficult for agencies without specialised translators and proper terminology databases. Before joining the language services industry, for many years I had worked for agricultural companies. Recently I’ve contacted my old colleagues and managers to get to know more about their personal experiences about translation and interpretation services: what challenges they have to face and what expectations they have in terms of agro-translations.
Here is a summary of what I have learned about their insights, needs and expectations:

Translating agriculture-related texts is not only about perfect language knowledge, it requires complex knowledge of different fields

“We have to comply with all legal and registration standards – follow strict timelines, use digital forms in different file formats in different languages.”
EMEA registration manager of a crop protection company

“Mutual recognition, REACH, ECHA, DG SANCO (DG SANTE), BVL, CTGB, ANSES, bio-dossiers, ANNEX1, trial reports, SDS, label, SPC. I’m responsible for 23 countries… this means almost two dozen languages. Give me someone who can simplify my work.”
Registration and field trial coordinator, EMEA

Authorisation documents for placing products on the market and using them, product labels, safety data sheets, product leaflets, or online product databases, etc. should follow a common jargon that complies with all the rules and should follow the local professional vocabulary…when the translation of these docs are split between different translation agencies, it usually ends up in ‘word-chaos’.”
Product manager for field crop pesticides

Translating agricultural-related documents encompasses a specialised language combining biology, chemicals, or life sciences, as well as the registration information needed for trading in different countries, and legislation knowledge required for the contracts, statements and permits necessary to move products to market. Materials are provided in different file formats and are handed-in/provided on different platforms.

Local translators specialised in agriculture – is it a myth?

“It’s crucial to choose competent interpreters when you organise an international conference or multilingual field events in the agriculture industry. I wish I could work with a specialised language service agency that can provide us with translation experts for all EMEA languages…Native agro translation professionals wanted. “
Regional PR and Event manager at an market-leading agro-machinery company

“If our promotional texts in brochures or our websites uses the wrong local terminology, the farmers think we don’t understand the market and their needs…we make them laugh instead of make them believe our messages and buy.”
Communication expert at a seed breeding company

Field crops and horticulture, animal nutrition, fertilisers and pesticides production, pest control, chemical or biological crop protection, seed and plant breeding – so many fields, so many special terms. Translators or interpreters should have the know-how in each particular field and they have to be experts in the terminology of the sector as there is no room for translation error.

Some of my former colleagues have highlighted that long-term cooperation with a specialised translation partner allows them to build a terminology database for technical jargon for processes, weeds, diseases, species, machine parts, and accessories, – it’s a huge help. When they can find a confident interpreter for a language pair, they call him/her regularly for onsite or online meetings or events.

In global or regional positions the key challenge is to find a trustworthy and professional service provider with multilingual solutions – it’s a lot easier to find an agro-translation expert for traditional language pairs like English-German, or English-French, than someone (a native speaker!) who translates from Croatian to Spanish, or Polish to Chinese.

Translation or adaptation?

Product presentations, landing pages or brand videos are usually created in English by our global marketing team. The local versions (text translations, subtitles, voiceovers) are passed to global advertising agencies…when I get the translated version for a final check I usually have to re-translate every fifth sentence because end-users might misunderstand the messages due to the wrong expressions or non-agro-related wording.”
Marketing coordinator at a fertiliser distribution company

In the case of sales or marketing texts, translation may not be the right service. Messages need to be adapted not only to the language but also to the social needs of local customers. Cultural context, local agro traditions and practices and associations can be the key to local business success.

When it comes to translation in the agricultural sector, it’s best to surround yourself with specialists. Working with a specialised agency means that you do not need to find one single translator who knows all these fields like the back of his or her hand. You can have your pool of local translators with language experts in each field and for all target languages. Long-term cooperation with the right translation partner allows you to build a terminology database to make your communication more consistent, whether it is translated documents or interpretation at an online event.

Maybe you have your regular translator for English-to-German label translations. But what about the remaining 22 languages of the European Union? What if it’s a sales brochure, and requires layout work as well? And how about less common language pairs like Croatian-to-Spanish or Polish-to-Chinese? Challenges for you, regular business for us… A professional translation agency with many satisfied partners from the agro-sector can make your daily work easier and can contribute to your business success.

Finding one agency to cover all the countries your organisation operates in is not a myth! 😊 Feel free to contact us via our website form or at and our colleagues will be happy to assist you.

Written by Csilla Dömötör, marketing communication manager, Eurideas Language Experts

How to say “Merry Christmas” and “Happy New Year” in different languages

Here is our special collection of winter holiday greetings for you in 51 languages.

EnglishMerry ChristmasHappy New Year
AfrikaansGeseënde KersfeesVoorspoedige Nuwe Jaar
AlbanianGëzuar KrishtlindjenGëzuar Vitin e Ri
AlsatianE güeti WïnâchteGüets nëies johr
ArabicEid Milad Majid (عيد ميلاد مجيد)سنة جديدة سعيدة
sunat jadidat saeida  
Bengali (also spoken in Bangladesh)shubho bôṛodin (শুভ বড়দিন)Śubha naba barṣa
(শুভ নব বর্ষ)
BretonNedeleg LaouenBloavezh mat
BulgarianВесела Коледа (Vesela Koleda)Честита Нова Година
CantoneseSeng Dan Fai Lok (聖誕快樂)San Nin Fai Lok (新年快樂)
CatalanBon NadalBon any nou
CorsicanBon NatalePace è salute
CroatianSretan BožićSretna Nova Godina
CzechVeselé VánoceŠťastný nový rok
Danish (also used in Greenland)Glædelig JulGodt nytår
DutchPrettige Kerst (Happy Christmas), Zalig Kerstfeest or Zalig Kerstmis (both mean Merry Christmas) or Vrolijk Kerstfeest (Cheerful Christmas)Gelukkig Nieuwjaar
EstonianRõõmsaid JõuleHead Uut Aastat
FinnishHyvää jouluaOnnellista uutta vuotta
FlemishZalig KerstfeestGelukkig nieuwjaar
FrenchJoyeux NoëlBonne Année
GalicianBo NadalPróspero Aninovo
GermanFrohe WeihnachtenFrohes Neues Jahr
GreekΚαλά Χριστούγεννα! (Kalá hristúyenna)Ευτυχισμένο το Νέο Έτος! (Eftyhisméno to Néo Étos!)
Hindiशुभ क्रिसमस (śubh krisamas)नये साल की हार्दिक शुभकामनायें
(naye sāl kī hārdik śubhkāmnayeṅ)
HungarianBoldog karácsonyt!Boldog Új Évet!
Irish – GaelicNollaig Shona DhuitAthbhliain faoi mhaise duit
Israel – Hebrew(Chag molad sameach) חג מולד שמחShana Tova ( שנה טובה)
ItalianBuon NataleBuon anno
JapaneseMeri KurisumasuAkemashite omedetō gozaimasu
Japanese  (Hiragana)めりいくりすます明けましておめでとうございます
Japanese (Katakana)メリークリスマス
Korean‘Meri krismas’ (메리 크리스마스) or ‘seongtanjeol jal bonaeyo’ (성탄절 잘 보내요) or ‘Jeulgaeun krismas doeseyo’ (즐거운 크리스마스 되세요)saehae bog manhi badeuseyo (새해 복 많이 받으세요)
LatvianPriecīgus ZiemassvētkusLaimīgu Jauno gadu
LithuanianLinksmų KalėdųLaimingų Naujųjų metų
MandarinShèngdàn Kuàilè (圣诞快乐)Xīnnián Kuàilè (新年快乐)
MontenegrinHristos se rodi (Христос се роди) – Christ is born Vaistinu se rodi (Ваистину се роди) – truly born (reply)Srećna Nova godina (Срећна Нова го̏дина)
NorwegianGod Jul or Gledelig JulGodt nytt år
PolishWesołych ŚwiątSzczęśliwego Nowego Roku
PortugueseFeliz NatalFeliz Ano Novo
Punjabiਮੈਰੀ ਕ੍ਰਿਸਮਸ।
Mairī krisamasa

ਨਵਾ ਸਾਲ ਮੁਬਾਰਕ
Navā sāla mubāraka
RomanianCrăciun fericitUn an nou fericit
RussianС Рождеством Христовым! (S Roždestvom Khristovym!)С Новым Годом! (S Novym Godom!)
SerbianХристос се роди (Hristos se rodi)Срећна Нова Година (Srećna Nova Godina)
SlovakVeselé VianoceŠťastný nový rok!
Spanish (Español)¡Feliz Navidad!¡Feliz Año Nuevo!
SwedishGod JulGott nytt år
Swiss GermanSchöni WiehnachteEs guets nöis Joor
TurkishMutlu Noeller!Yeni yılınız kutlu olsun!
UkrainianРіздвом Христовим (Rizdvom Khrystovim)Щасливого нового року (Ščaslyvoho novoho roku)
VietnameseChúc mừng Giáng SinhChúc mừng năm mới
WalloonDjoyeus NoyéBone annèye
WelshNadolig LlawenBlwyddyn Newydd Dda

How to master the chaos of tasks before the winter holidays

Spoiler alert: I don’t own the Sorcerer’s Stone, so this post isn’t about magical nonsence.

There are only 30 days until Christmas Eve. This usually means that the year-end rush has already started in business (and at home), or it will start soon. 2020 has been an extraordinary year: planning – reorganizing, budgeting – recalculating, run-stop-restart, home office – back to the office. I’m sure that the end of this crazy 2020 still holds some surprises, so it’s good to have some extra ideas (and energy) to battle the challenges.

In the past more than twelve years I have worked for different multinational companies as a marketing expert. The year end meant final budget reports, campaign summaries, presentations with strict deadlines, closing contracts. While our team also had to prepare the next year’s sales-supporting documents, videos, campaign plans, brochures. It meant that we had to have contributed to the legal department, registration and EHS colleagues and external stakeholders in different languages – translating from English to local languages, transcreating the technical terminology to adapt messages.

The days before the winter holiday had been more than challenging until my business coach helped me to learn small tricks* to help to master the chaos in my head and in the tasks.

A goal without a plan is just a wish

Stop for an hour (you will still have 239 left) and create a task list with the deadlines, time, budget, teammates needed, then prioritise. Yes, it takes a long time and you have so much to dooooo now, but this is the key. After prioritising you can decide what can be postponed or what can be solved within the company by other colleagues. You will also see that

if you don’t have the internal resources for tasks or projects, you can outsource them to external experts.

If I could travel back in time, in 2019 I would suggest to myself to find a professional language service agency before starting to create the whole local marketing and sales toolbox for a new marketing campaign on my own. From the translation of product data sheets, package labels, brochure and leaflet contents, up to the typesetting of PowerPoints, transcribing and localisation of product and event videos, the an agency with services beyond translation could have helped me with its expert team. Now I know that

outsourcing is a superpower in order to clone yourself during challenging projects.

With this superpower I could have the possibility, not only to stop work, but finally to finish all the tasks on that list before the holiday starts. No more files in the in-tray like a ‘bête noire’ waiting for re-opening in January…

There are 240 working hours until the winter holidays. I dream about a peaceful preparation time and a really relaxing holiday, so in 2020 I will use my superpower.

Are you ready to use your superpower?

Outsource your translation tasks or multilingual projects! Click and let our project managers support you with detailed timelines, budget calculations and price offers.

Written by Csilla Dömötör, Marketing Communication Manager

*My examples now are about multilingual projects and language services, but these tricks can be used in different sectors of business

4 things Eurideas does beyond translation

Eurideas Language Experts is a professional translation agency. But there is so much more to it! If you think that all we do is translate documents, you are quite mistaken.

Sure, we do translate texts in over 50 language pairs, in various fields from chemicals, environment and life sciences to EU affairs, law and human rights, however, this is not the only service we provide, not by a long shot.

Here are 4 things you probably didn’t know we can help you with:

1. Consultancy

If you feel lost planning a complex project where the translation of numerous documents into a dozen languages is involved, why not reach out to us? You haven’t done this before – but us? We do this on a daily basis. Spare yourself the headache (and the time and money), and let’s join forces to organize the work and translate 1 million words into 15 languages in 6 weeks!

When you are about to submit your first SPC (summary of product characteristics) for Union authorisation, and you realize that you need to translate this chemical document into all the official languages of the EU, that could be frightening. However, what is even more shocking is that you have 5 business days for the job. Worry not, we have developed our own method for SPC translations to meet strict deadlines. Planning is key, so let’s talk in due time.

The more details you share with us, the more we can help in optimizing your budget, suggesting alternative timelines and delivery options.

2. Multilingual typesetting

Those times are long gone when translating a nicely designed brochure required a translation team and a graphic design agency. Once the original artwork is prepared by the graphic designer, we can translate the text directly in the InDesign file, and then we do the typesetting, fixing the formatting so that the final layout of the publication will perfectly correspond to the original.

No more copy-pasting, no more errors. Instead, you save time and costs, and will receive a ready-to-print publication in Arabic, Chinese, Spanish or whatever language you require.

3. Monolingual copy-editing

Sometimes a translation agency does not translate at all.

A lot of non-native authors publish articles, studies or papers which need to be edited before going public or before being translated into other languages.

Final reports on EU-funded projects are also required to go through a thorough copy-editing process.

When a team of people with diverse backgrounds, cultures and mother tongues works on one single presentation, an editor is a must to ensure a coherent format and content.

And then there are cases when editing has a specific purpose, for example it makes the text accessible to people with intellectual disabilities.

Since we work with a large pool of native linguists, we can help you eliminate any grammar, spelling or punctuation issues, improve the style, make the text more coherent, or meet a special requirement.

4. Testing, layout checking

Delivering a translated document does not necessarily mark the end of an assignment.

Survey translations could be tricky, since they pose technical and linguistic challenges. Before they go live, it is strongly recommended to run both functional and linguistic testing.

The same goes for printed brochures, leaflets or factsheets: in cases where multilingual typesetting is part of our assignment, a last layout check is included in the process. In all other cases, we are happy to assist you with the layout check for various language versions of a publication.

Written by Anita SalátBusiness Development Manager

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5+1 signs that show you work with a specialized translation agency

A specialized translation agency helps your business with more than just accurate translation

Chemicals, biosciences, biotechnology, life sciences or research are challenging and complex fields, with some very specific documents. Translating such documents are not for any translation agencies.

If your translation partner is not specialized in these domains, the outcome could be not only disappointing, but costly and dangerous too. On the other hand, the right service provider helps your business with more than just accurate translations: you can unlock in-house resources, reduce costs, avoid double work, and keep strict submission deadlines.

How do you know that you work with a professional and specialized translation agency?

We have collected 5+1 clear signs:

1. Experienced translators with chemical/technical background

Whether the translatable files are reports, brochures, SDSs, Exposure Scenarios or registration documents, translators should have chemical and regulatory background, and they should be familiar with legislation and formal requirements.

Check the translation agency’s website for a list of references, blogposts and case studies – these all are proofs of experience in the chemical field.

2. Project managers ask relevant questions

Project managers of a specialized agency will know what you talk about when you say REACH, BPR, SDS, MSDS, Exposure Scenario, SPC or CLP in your translation request. Yet, they will ask relevant questions about your submission deadline or your product.

They help you set up a timing for the project, suggesting options to meet even the most pressing deadlines.
Since they are aware of EC requirements and ECHA processes, and they are familiar with special file formats (e.g: XML) and software (e.g: SPC Editor), communication is effective and easy.

3. Large collection of terms, glossaries, guidelines, procedures

The involvement of clients in terminology work is indispensable as nobody wants misunderstandings and double work. But with a specialized translation agency you can reduce your task to the minimum because your translation partner already has a comprehensive knowledge of the field, with a long list of technical expressions, relevant legislation, guidelines and glossaries.

4. No translation without proofreading

For the best service, each translation has to be proofread by a second translator who is also a native speaker of the target language and expert of the given field.

The proofreader checks the translation against the source document, ensures that the translation is free of errors and complies with the expected terminology and regulations.
Proofreading is a must – especially when a client has no in-house native speakers to check files translated into several languages.

5. Quality control procedure

Quality assurance is the very final step to make sure your translated documents are of the highest standards. QA team members are “invisible guards” behind the scenes for translation excellence. They check terminology, ensure consistency, secure coherence and they are a fresh pair of eyes to spot various issues. With the translator and the proofreader this makes it three people to work on each document.

+1. The more you order, the less the job costs you

Thanks to an advanced software environment and in order to foster long-term cooperation, a professional translation agency offers discounts for repetitions in the translatable document, volume discounts for large orders, and also additional special discounts in some cases.

With the brilliant invention of translation memories, all your previous translations are stored and can be used again in the future. This makes work quicker, more efficient and significantly more cost-effective on the long run.

If your existing translator calculates prices without analyzing the document, it is time to find a new translation partner.

If you would like to see how our specialized services can contribute to your success, feel free to get in touch.

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Great expectations: 1 million words, 15 languages, 6 weeks

Nickel REACH Consortia, created by the Nickel Institute to help companies manage their EU REACH and CLP obligations, contacted us with a translation assignment at the end of last year. They had a long list of English chemical documents (exposure scenarios in particular) their members needed in 15 different European languages. The consortia were planning to coordinate the translation activity for their member companies to avoid double work and to ensure the translation quality meets the professional requirements of relevant authorities.

This was a classic chemical project, with far more files and a shorter deadline than usual: almost 1 million words had to be translated into a total of 15 languages in 6 weeks.

What does the client think of this project?

„We worked with Eurideas to provide translations of technical documents into several EU languages. These documents inform downstream users of chemicals in the EU how to handle them safely. Translations were required to be of very high quality, in a well-structured format, and delivered within short timeframes.

Eurideas met the brief, with professional translation skills, expertise in dealing with such technical documentation, and provided a very competitive offer. They also demonstrated good customer service by creating a memory bank of translated phrases to reduce future translation costs for us or members of our organisation. We were very happy with the level of efficient cooperation and the excellent standard of work.”

Pablo Rodríguez Domínguez,
Regulatory Affairs Specialist, Nickel Institute

And how do we see it?

“In case of a complex translation project into several languages, organising is key. With Nickel Institute we were lucky to be able to discuss the needs of the project thoroughly, and received clear instructions from the very beginning. Project planning needs understanding and flexibility from both sides to be able to meet halfway. We have achieved this with Pablo and his colleagues, and the cooperation resulted in a successful project.”

Zsanett Kórik
Operations Supervisor, Eurideas Language Experts

No project can be successful without an efficient dialogue between the partners. We need to know the requirements and expectations of the client in order to meet them, and to get the job done as efficiently as possible. Let’s see what main concerns clients usually have in complex projects like this, and how we address them:

Client: This is a very specific field, and I need a translator who has chemical knowledge, and knows the regulations. We need to hand in this document to the authorities, and they have strict rules.

Eurideas: Our translators are not only native speakers in the language they translate into, but they have chemical or regulatory background too. They are aware of the legal regulations, the REACH terminology and the authorities’ guidelines.

Client: I don’t speak all these languages so I will not be able to check if the quality is good.

Eurideas: The translations are always revised by another translator, and then they go through a thorough in-house quality check, so you don’t need to worry about quality issues. We translate SDSs, SPCs, labels and other chemical documents on a daily basis.

Client: I have so many files… I don’t even know how to arrange the files and languages, and there might be additional documents later.

Eurideas: We can help you prepare a matrix of translatable documents and languages, and we’ll tell you what input we need. You will have a dedicated project manager to keep you updated anytime, in a few hours. If anything changes on your side, we will adjust the work process.

Client: I have a deadline in mind for the translations, but we need some of the translations earlier.

Eurideas: We prepare a timeline in advance, and we can give priority to certain files. The project is transparent: you know exactly what and when you will receive. Translations can land in your mailbox or in a shared folder in several batches, or one by one, if that is your preference.

If you have a similar translation request, feel free to contact us via our in-website-form or at and our colleagues will be happy to assist you.

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How to save translation costs without compromise on quality

There is nothing wrong with wanting to save money – and this is true for translation services too. It does not mean however that you need to ask your secretary to translate a 10-page chemical study, or you have to use Google Translate for making your website multilingual. We’ll show you how to use your translation budget wisely.

Let’s assume

Let’s assume that you are a Chemical Company.

Let’s assume that you have a long list of various chemical documents from labels to MSDSs, from registration documents to exposure scenarios, from SPCs to product brochures, that you need to translate from English into all the official languages of the European Union.

Now you need to set up a feasible timeline for the entire project, and choose a translation partner.

How much is it?

A major mistake a client can make in this situation is to ask for translation word rates from several agencies, and put them side by side. Comparing merely word rates will not give you the full picture. There are so many other factors that can affect the final sum you are about to pay: various discounts, file conversion fees, additional quality assurance charges, revision costs. It is misleading (but unfortunately still common practice) to take the total translatable wordcount multiplied by the translation word rate, and select the lowest bid.

Since SDSs (Safety Data Sheets), exposure scenarios, product labels, SPCs (Summaries of Product Characteristics) and similar chemical documents tend to include repetitive parts, we always analyse them and offer discount for the repetitions. Why can we do that? Because we have the appropriate technical background and software. We don’t like double work; instead, we like to use our head. And we build long-term relationship with our partners, so we help them see how they can save money – without compromise on quality.

In case of large orders, an additional volume discount can be applied, and we always have various Special Offers for new clients too.

Do the math

Instead of looking for the lowest translation word rate, collect all the translatable documents and send them to the selected translation partner candidates for an exact price and turnaround time. You’ll be surprised!

Due to repetitions, the actual translatable wordcount could significantly drop – and so will your expenses. What’s more, for large projects we are always pleased to give an additional volume discount.

Imagine receiving the translation of almost 1 million words while paying only for 29% of the wordcount. (These are real numbers of a recent chemical project!) Now how does this sound?

Good, fast and cheap

We all know the Good-Fast-Cheap triangle. You might very well think that if the bill is impressively low (compared to the high total wordcount, of course) the project either takes forever to complete or the quality is poor.

As for quality – well, that’s not countable. Unlike the chemical companies who have been choosing to work with us in the last 12 years. They are numerous. Giant chemical companies, suppliers of plant protection products, biocides regulation consultancies, law firms specialized in regulatory affairs – they all have one thing in common. They require top quality in terms of chemical knowledge and language expertise. Nothing is more important than that.

Thanks to our large pool of translators with chemical and regulatory affairs background, setting up translation teams requires no special preparation for us. We work with chemical documents on a daily basis. Our project managers will set up a timeline for you (no, you don’t have to deal with this), will calculate partial delivery dates, and you will receive the translations in several batches if that is more convenient for you.

Translation of 1 million words into a total of 15 languages in less than 6 weeks. (Again, real numbers from a recent chemical project.) Would this be OK for you?

Written by Anita Salát, Business Development Manager

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Mentoring: An information highway to more confidently manage change

Why would you care about mentoring amid a global crisis?

For the same reasons as at any other time: to help you develop in a way so that you can steer your career in the right direction and make confident professional decisions. It works for the home office, too.

I have been working from home for many years now, so the first struggles are already distant memories. But for many professionals, maybe even yourself, it is a new situation to adjust to, similar to starting a new job or finding yourself at the next step of your career. And those are precisely the scenarios mentoring comes into consideration.

Yes, you can use books and courses for your development. However, a mentor is a human being who has “been there, done that.” Someone who can answer your questions and offer their perspective throughout your journey.

Mentoring is an information highway to where you want to go:

  • it provides you with a steeper learning curve by sharing their insights;
  • it saves you the dead ends you inevitably run into when developing yourself alone.

If you are an employer, mentoring can be a tool for your talents to reach their full potential really fast and, therefore, to create outstanding value for the company.

But the benefits go even beyond all that. Communication skills are developing on both sides. Generation gaps are closing. New networks are being built. Through the long-term support of a fellow professional, your confidence is growing. Not least because the achievements are products of hard work and not merely luck.

So how do you make it work in the first place? Let’s say your goal is to become a successful leader of a remote team — now that every one of your subordinates works from home. You can then look around in your network and search for someone, for example, in a managerial role at a tech company where remote teams have been around for a while and have best practices in place.

But it’s not only the professional qualities that count. Take time to get to know your “candidate” before you even ask for mentoring. Discuss your backgrounds, goals, communication routines, common interests. If it looks like a good match, agree on a regular consultation schedule and make sure you bring a lot of questions to your meetings! And, besides the plan, flexibility will be essential to make the most of this relationship.

If you are considering mentoring, you might also find that you need help in areas other than business. I bet many of us would now like to have someone like a health mentor to coach us through the current pandemic so that we can confidently navigate the fake news and the anxiety, adjust to new routines, and have emotional support at all times. What an invaluable contribution to societal development it would be!

written by Jóri-Molnár Anikó