Who is K International?
Since 1986 K International has specialised in the provision of foreign language solutions in over 150 languages, successfully translating millions of documents for the UK Government and global market, and establishing ourselves as one of Europe's leading multilingual service providers.
Offering free no obligation consultations to discuss your communication requirements, K International has the experience and expertise to ensure you reach your target market in the most effective and profitable way .
What are K International's areas of specialisation or expertise?
From account managers and project managers, translators, proofreaders, interpreters, graphic design and typesetting operatives, software engineers and web developers, K International has a comprehensive team in place to ensure that the right skills and experience are available to you at every stage of your project.
Our linguistic experts specialise in a variety of subject matters, such as (but not limited it):
- High Security
- Marketing and PR
How does K International qualify their linguistic experts?
K International has a vender management team dedicated to the recruitment of our linguistic experts. They currently manage a database of over 6,000 K International approved linguists covering over 150 languages.
As well as passing K International's own language skills testing programme, all K International linguists have a Masters Degree in languages (or equivalent), only translate/interpret into their native language, have over three years previous professional experience and follow a strict code of ethics.
What languages are on offer?
We currently offer over 150 different languages, visit our Languages page for more information.
How can I get a quote for my translation project?
K International offer FREE no obligation quotes – visit our quote form.
How do I pay?
Payment can be made by:
- Bank Transfer
- Credit Card
- Debit Card
Do I have to pay VAT?
Yes, unless your company is exempt from paying UK VAT. Unless otherwise stated all quotes are exclusive of VAT. VAT will be charged at the current rate at time of invoice.
How can I send my documents?
By post, email, fax or secure FTP just get in touch with us.
For documentation of a highly sensitive or confidential nature we can arrange for personal pick up by a security cleared member of our staff, or by our specially appointed security cleared couriers.
Do I need to send the original document?
No, original documents are preferred but photocopies and scans can also be used. If the document is available in electronic format this is the best option.
What does 'source' mean?
'Source' refers to the document and language you want us to translate from.
What does 'target' mean?
'Target' refers to the translated document or the language you require the document to be translated into.
Can you translate my website?
Yes – we have an in house team of highly experienced web developers and designers who work alongside our translators to produce localised websites.
How long does it take to translate a document?
The timeline for translating your document will depend on the format of the source document, the language and service required and the technicality of the content.
How much does it cost to translate a document?
Each project is unique; the cost depends on many factors such as word count, style, technicality and your deadline.
What is machine translation?
Machine translation (MT) is an automated translation system by which computer software is used to translate text from one language to another. This process tends to produce very literal translations and unpredictable translation quality.
K International does NOT use machine translation in its translation process.
What is translation memory software?
Translation memory software (TMS) electronically stores previously approved translated material into a database.This database is then used on your future projects to save you money and improve the overall consistency and quality off all your translated material.
Can I use translation memory software with my project?
Translation memory software can by used for most requirements, and can be very beneficial when used on larger regular requirements.
What is localization?
Localization involves a comprehensive study of the target culture in order to correctly adapt the translation, product or service.
Can I get my translation certified?
Yes – K International offer four kinds of certified translation, dependent on your requirement:
Certificate of Accuracy
K International will certify the translation is an accurate representation of the original. This is usually required for general or official documents which need to be presented to non-government bodies or academic institutions. The translation is marked with a K International certified stamp and accompanied with a K international Certificate of Accuracy.
For official documentation and deeds requested by Government bodies, the translation may need to be certified/notarised by Affidavit. This is a declaration which is made in writing and on oath, sworn in front of a solicitor, attorney or notary public that the translation is, to the best of the translator's knowledge, complete and accurate. The translation and a copy of the original are then marked with a certified stamp. Notarisation is often a legal requirement.
This is required for translated documents that are to be presented to overseas authorities outside the UK, such as marriage or work applications. Legalisation is the same as Notarisation/Sworn Certification, except that the signature of the solicitor, attorney or notary public has been checked, or Apostilled, by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to be accepted by a foreign country, as part of the Hague Convention.
Certification outside the UK
Certification of a translated document is different in the UK than in Europe, and generally the rest of the world.
In Europe, a translation can be certified by a sworn professional translator who has been duly authorised by the Government of the country in question to translate and notarise a document. Any translation produced by a sworn translator is an official document in its own right. The translation is certified with a stamped declaration which is written in the relevant language, as well as in English.
What does the project manager do?
K International assigns a dedicated project manager to every project that we undertake. They play an essential role in the process, serving as an intermediary between the many people involved, liaising with and transferring information between relevant parties. They ensure our services are delivered to specification, within budget and on time.
What is proofreading?
Once the translator has completed their translation it will be passed to an independent proof-reader who will review the translated document against the original source document, all reference material and style guides.
The independent proof-reader, a qualified independent translator, will make constructive comments on the translation. These are then fed back and discussed with the original translator. This translation review cycle continues until translator, proof-reader and project manager all sign the translation off as final.
We recommend the translation/review cycle for all documentation intended for publication.
What is typesetting?
Our experienced in-house typesetting and design team will work directly with the translators to format the translations inline with your specifications.
What is a post DTP (Desk Top Publishing) check?
After typesetting, the document will be returned to the original translator for final pre print checks. This provides a final contextual and linguistic check before publication of the document.