Bogotá Translation and Interpretation Services
Bogotá is the business and political capital of Colombia, as well as the country’s largest city. It’s also one of Latin America’s most popular tourist destinations due to its proximity to gorgeous, historical colonial cities and beautiful, white-sand beaches. The capital city is also well-known for its delicious cuisine – not to mention its world-renowned coffee. All of those attractions are wrapped up in an affordable cost of living, which makes Bogotá an attractive destination for corporate business travelers worldwide.
If you’re planning to host or attend a multinational event, summit, tradeshow, or high-level business function in Bogotá, your key to optimizing your presence, brand recognition, and international public relations is to hire high-quality language services professionals who can facilitate clear, honest, and authentic communication every step of the way.
Chang-Castillo and Associates has decades of experience providing simultaneous interpretation and professional translation services in Bogotá, Colombia, and abroad. Our team is happy to meet you on your home turf and travel with you to Colombia, or we can meet you in Bogotá to facilitate streamlined communication that ensures your brand’s authentic voice and message is accurately translated into Spanish, English, or any other target language. Contact us online, or give us a call at +1 (877) 708-0005 to learn more about our services and to obtain your competitive estimate for our services.
Professional language services solutions in Bogotá, Colombia
Our language services professionals are prepared to serve you in a variety of ways.
This style of professional interpretation is the type you see taking place at the United Nations or other televised global summits. Best used for large events, simultaneous interpreters use a combination of soundproof booths, consoles, headsets, and microphones to communicate with your team (and theirs), instantaneously converting a speaker or presenter’s words into your desired target language(s). This is the highest level of interpretation available and requires interpreters with impeccable training and experience to ensure the accuracy of their work.
Consecutive interpretation requires the same level of accuracy, but occurs in more of a relay-type fashion, where words are spoken out loud, then translated; a response is given, and that response is then interpreted back to the original speaker. This more time-consuming variation of interpretation is best suited to smaller, intimate gatherings, negotiations, or for social events and activities.
Professional translation, including subtitling and transcription
Odds are you’ll require professionally translated materials during the event, and our team of translators is here to assist you. We can provide any number of translated documents, including government documents, corporate communications, speeches and transcripts, marketing brochures and materials, legal and medical documents, training manuals, website, and social media content, and so on.
Interpreting equipment rentals
Are you planning to use the interpreting equipment available at your Bogotá event venue? We invite you to reconsider that option. While high-end venues mean well, the audio/video equipment available is rarely overseen by professional linguists. As a result, you may find the interpreting equipment lacking, unavailable when you need it, provided in the wrong quantities for the number of presenters or audience members, or creating static or interference, making it impossible to communicate.
The professional interpreting equipment provided by CCA is the highest quality on the market, and we maintain it ourselves. Our team will confer with you well ahead of time, reviewing your agenda and plans to ensure you have exactly the right equipment, in the right quantity, at the right time. Plus, we provide our own A/V technicians so you never have to worry about malfunctions, glitches, or interference.
Teleconferencing is the ideal way to keep everyone connected and in the loop, especially if you have a key partner, colleague, prospect or team member who was unable to make it to Bogotá for your event. As with our interpreting rental equipment, our teleconference services include the assistance of an A/V technician and are compatible with your presentation software of choice. These services can continue when you return home, allowing you to foster positive interactions and partnerships long after your Bogotá event has ended.
What to look for in a Bogotá language services provider
While we hope you’ll look to Chang-Castillo and Associates to facilitate your language services needs in Bogotá, we want to make sure you know what to look for when hiring professional interpreters and translators who are up to the task at hand.
Credentials and conference experience
First, know that community interpreters are quite different from professional, conference interpreters and translators. They are not as highly trained as conference interpreters, who have graduate-level degrees from accredited language programs, hundreds of hours of conference interpreting experience, and memberships to esteemed industry organizations and agencies.
Read What Qualifications Should I Look For in a Translator or Interpreter to learn more about the types of credentials you need from professional linguists.
Native-speaking interpreters and translators
We always recommend using interpreters and translators who are native speakers of your target language. For example, many English-speakers don’t realize there is a notable difference between the type of Spanish spoken in Latin America and in Spain. Dialects, phrases, idioms, and word meanings vary from country to country and even from region to region. Hiring experienced, native-speaking interpreters and translators familiar with the Spanish variant spoken in Bogotá, as well as the region’s culture, results in more fluid, accurate, and culturally relevant communication.
Getting to know your team and materials
Finally, qualified and experienced interpreters and translators spend time learning all they can about your company, your brand, and your team. We ask that you share all materials relevant to the upcoming event so we can become more like an extension of your company or organization. If you don’t already have them in place, we’ll create glossaries and style guides that ensure we use the same words, phrases, and tone that you do – ensuring your message transcends the language divide.
Looking for a team of simultaneous interpreters and translators to assist your efforts in Bogotá? Contact us here at Chang-Castillo and Associates. We’ve developed a platinum-standard reputation in our industry, and we look forward to facilitating successful events in Bogotá and beyond.