Frequently Asked Questions
What is AE Translations?
AE Translations is a leading foreign language translation company based in Houston, Texas. Since 1976, it has been dedicated to providing top-quality foreign language translation service to the world and has grown to establish global strategic alliances.
What services does AE Translations provide?
Whether your needs are translation of documents and web sites or interpretation, AE Translations delivers. We are totally vertically integrated, and our services are available for any foreign language and on any subject.
What is the difference between translation and interpretation?
In our industry, translation refers to the written word. It is changing written text from one language into another. High-quality translation does not simply exchange words; it captures the meaning, feeling and linguistic nuances of the original text.
Interpretation applies to the spoken word. There are two different forms of interpretation: a) consecutive; and b) simultaneous. Consecutive interpretation is generally used in small groups, courts or travel. The speaker pauses after short segments in his speech while the interpreter conveys the message to the target language.
Simultaneous interpretation is used most often in conjunction with large groups. In this scenario, the interpreters generally work in pairs and are housed in a soundproof booth. The speaker’s dialogue is transmitted electronically to the soundproof booth through headsets worn by the interpreters. The interpreters immediately, in tandem, speak into a microphone in the target language. The attendees receive the target language via headphones. There are no breaks in the conversation.
Who is behind the name AE Translations?
AE Translations employs many highly skilled linguistic personnel, as well as editors, proofreaders, computer programmers, design/graphics technicians and project managers and coordinators. In addition, we have over 1,000 contractors throughout the world.
How do you translate a document?
Our procedures for translation follow a Vertically Integrated Process (VIP). We receive projects via email, courier, fax, etc. Then, once a job is quoted and approved, a project team is formed, utilizing subject-qualified translators and editors. The project leader follows the course of the job from start to finish and is available to the client at any time.
How do you charge for your services?
For simple translation projects, we charge our clients by the word, based on the source language. In general, we don’t charge extra for technical work or time frame constraints. Rates vary depending on the languages needed. Other services, such as interpreting, are charged on an hourly basis.
How can I pay for AE Translations' services?
We accept credit card payment (Visa, MasterCard and Discover). We can also send an invoice with a purchase order number, net 30 days.
Can you handle technical material?
Yes. We have subject-qualified translators and editors in all major, and most minor, fields.
How do you ensure confidentiality of my project?
All sensitive documents are handled strictly by in-house employees. Documents and our computer servers are stored in a temperature controlled, restricted access area.