Language Barriers (3 Ways to Overcome Them in Business)

The world is a diverse place with a huge diversity of languages. While English may the dominant language in the global business environment, it does not mean that everyone who engages in business, automatically knows how to speak it. There are many subtleties to different language communication, and some of these tools do a better job at translating then others, but then again there are different costs to these applications as well.  Here we are going to provide you with some tools you can use when dealing with business issues in other languages.

1.  Free Online Translation Tools: There are a multitude of free translations websites on the web, that offer paragraph translations for free for virtually every major and minor language. This could be a very popular option for small businesses, since resources can be somewhat constrained. In order to find free translation tools, one simply has to Google them to find various options and alternatives. One good website is ( , which is a very accurate and popular tool for translating. Another website for free translations is (, and it also provides automated translation software.

2.  Translation Software: One way to go is to simply purchase a good software that simply lets you convert standard business applications into a foreign language. Most programs nowadays can usually translate multiple languages into each other, and are usually very good at understanding the more subtle meanings of different words. Since, direct translations are rarely fully accurate, because different sentences sound differently in different languages. There are many good options for businesses to consider, but of course most of these software programs will cost money. But they will also be able to provide better service. One good option is, which has been around since 1994, so it has a long history of helping people translate.

3.  Voice Translator App: After smart phones swept the world, this new app has the potential to revolutionize the way people of different cultures and languages communicate with one another. This app is available for most smart phone mobile devices, and it works in a really simple way. Basically, you speak what you want to ask or say into the phone and it translates the sentence into the language your trying to communicate in. The person your talking to, then can speak back into the phone and so you basically take turns talking through the phone.  This can help you communicate in more personal situations, and the app is quite cheap with a price tag of only $5. The app is paired into two language combos such as Spanish-English, Chinese-English, and so on. So it is not capable of multiple language translation, for that you will have to buy multiple language pairs. But the technology can still be quite useful for business people who go overseas often and have difficulty with the local language.

These are just some of the tools that we have provided for your benefit. There are many ways of communicating with others in foreign languages. However, we feel that these tools are likely to be the fastest and most cost effective for the fast paced business environment of today. If you have any more questions about translation software or whatnot, feel free to contact me at

-Jay Zadey

Awe, Susan. Going Global: An information source book for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses. Libraries Unlimited. pg.187-188

One Response to “Language Barriers (3 Ways to Overcome Them in Business)”
  1. Jamie says:

    Awesome post are there any other tools for translation?

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