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Glossary and Terminology

A glossary or terminology is a list of terms in a particular domain of knowledge with the definitions for those terms.A bilingual glossary is a list of terms in one language which are defined in a second language or glossed by synonyms (or at least near-synonyms) in another language.In a more general sense, a glossary contains explanations of concepts relevant to a certain field of study or action.

When used for translation and localization, a glossary is actually a list of terms in the source language, usually English, and a comparable list in the target language you’re translating to. This glossary is created in 4 steps:

Step 1 – A list of terms to be contained in the glossary is compiled either from the source material itself or by you, the company with the most knowledge in your field.

Step 2 – You will give a description of each term in the glossary to make sure that what you mean and not only the basic meaning of the words is translated.

Step 3 – This list of terms is then translated by a linguistic expert to the target language.

Step 4 – This list is then checked by you to make sure these are the terms you would like to use.

It is important to note that a glossary is actually a list of terms containing not only the words most used in your industry, your product names and company slogans, but also a list of terms that when in your field of context, may take on a different meaning. These terms are very carefully chosen in the target language to convey the same meaning as in the source language.

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