6 tips on how to become a fast translator – from any language into English

Increasing their working speed is every translator’s dream. It is understood that if you’re a fast translator, you complete projects faster and improve productivity. However, you need to start by being a quality translator and only then worry about becoming a fast one. Speed should never come before quality. No doubt about it! 

In this blog post, we’ll share some tips that will allow you to achieve a quality translation while simultaneously speeding up the process. Without quality, your work isn’t complete; without expertise, you won’t be fast, so these features – quality and speed – are correlated; they are two sides of the same coin.

You won’t be a fast translator, if you’re not a quality translator. 

We’ll focus on translation from any language into English. Although we do recommend that you always translate into your mother tongue, we know that most companies require that their employees translate into English, even if they’re not native speakers. At Letrário, only English-native translators render texts into English. However, we know that, in the real world, native-speaker translators may not always be available.

Follow these 6 tips on how to become a fast translator:

Tip 1 – Know your prepositions of place by heart

Make sure you know all the English prepositions of place as shown in the infographic below:


Tip 2 – Know the correct order of adjectives in a sentence

Adjectives in English must be placed in a certain order. Knowing the correct order will help you become a faster translator.

Check this post to learn the correct order of adjectives in a sentence. 

Tip 3 – Know the correct word order in a sentence

Knowing the right order of the adjectives in a sentence is important, but knowing the right word order in general is paramount. In English, as they say, order does matter.

Positive sentences: Subject + verb + indirect object + direct object + place + time

Questions: Question word + auxiliary verb + subject + verb + indirect object + direct object + time

Negative sentences: Subject + verb + indirect object + direct object + place + time

To check some examples of correct word order, download our free eBook here: https://letrario.pt/ebooks/10-life-saving-english-tips/. 

Tip 4 – Practise your English with native speakers

If you want to translate into English faster, try to achieve a near-native level in the language. The only way to do this is by practising with native speakers. If you don’t have anyone nearby to talk to on a daily basis, try reading in English, watching English TV channels and shows and films with English subtitles, for example. Listening to podcasts might also help. Besides, you can talk to a friend with just a few clicks; try using software like Skype to chat. Alternatively, try something like the Tandem app, where you can find exchange partners online; you practise their language while you help them practise yours.

Tip 5 – Be resourceful

A good dictionary will let you save time and be more at ease with English. You can use PONS Online Translator – it’s free. You can use it on your desktop and mobile devices, since they offer a mobile app. Vocabulary-testing apps are also a good way to practise. With Clozemaster, for example, you can learn a language in context.

Tip 6 – Make sure you follow the same work method a professional translator uses

To learn techniques that will help you achieve a professional level of translation, take a look at this blog post about proofreading, or this one, about what sets a professional translation apart. 

If you come across a very important document, or a very extensive one, you can always contact us. We’ll make sure your translation will have the quality you need at the time you need it.

Contact us and you’ll have our best quote within 24 hours.

For more important information on how to become a fast translator, download our free eBook: 10 Life-Saving English Tips.