Nienke Visser-Goodenough offers a translation service for your website, your CV and covering letter, folders, and any other documents from English to Dutch, and Dutch to English.
A good translation is a combination of correct choice of words and creative writing. Please compare the following sentences.
- Because our clients often tell us that they like to be kept informed of developments, we are sending you the enclosed booklet with useful information.
- (VG)- We would like to inform you of our latest developments, which are explained fully in the enclosed booklet.
- If you know or suspect that other people know what your password is, change it immediately.
- (VG)- If you suspect your password is known to others, you should change it immediately.
Despite a correct use of grammar and words, the original sentences lack an English authenticity, which is present in the second examples. A good translation should reflect accurate meaning but needs to sound correctly as well, which often requires a complete change of sentence structure.