translation of plurilingual document
Thread poster: cos2877

Local time: 17:30
Spanish to English
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Feb 25, 2008

I have this document to translate from Spanish into English. It is a photocopy of three passports and one identity document, certified by a notary public.

The first page of all passports is in Spanish, with translations into English, French and Portuguese.

The second page provides a translation into English, except for the marital status.

Two of the passports include the fourth and fifth pages which are mostly in Spanish (except for two captions which are also translated into English).

The Id is in Spanish as well as the Notary's certification and seals.

This translation must be given a public translation form, only without the Colegio's legalization or the Apostille.

I talked to the Colegio and they say I must only translate the Spanish parts, and should not transcribe the English parts.

My question is, what is the standard practice in this cases? Last time I translated an Argentine Passport it was all in Spanish.

It makes no sense to translate what is already in English...on the other hand I am afraid that the translation will make no sense unless I transcribe all the data.


Marie-Hélène Hayles  Identity Verified
Local time: 22:30
Italian to English
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Follow your client's instructions Feb 27, 2008

WRT the pages already in English, my standard practice is to write [page written in English] at the top of each one.


Local time: 17:30
Spanish to English
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a note Feb 27, 2008

That would work if it weren't for the marital status that has been left untranslated.

I was thinking of putting this caption at the end of each page:
[Other texts in Spanish are translated within the document itself]

only I am not sure if I should use the word "texts"...("phrase" "captions"?)


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