Course: Writing translatable English


Communicate successfully with international customers. Use English that can be accurately translated into other languages, whether by human translators or by translation software. Edit documents for successful localization. Understand the principles and some basic rules of Simplified Technical English.

This fascinating 1-hour online course is packed with information that all technical writers need. CPD credit: one hour.

Course contents

  1. Why edit English for translation 

    Learn why you need to edit your own English when communicating with an international audience. Discover when to use global English, translatable English, and Simplified Technical English.

  2. Choose the right words 
    Write short text to allow for expansion when translated. Use the same word for the same thing consistently. Use words with one clear, literal meaning. Fix problems with function words, especially articles, pronouns, and articles. Eliminate clusters of miniwords. Avoid figurative language to prevent confusion.

  3. Write translatable sentences 

    Construct sentences that are easy to translate. Use a consistent sentence structure. Keep verbs short, positive, active and human. Repeat key words to clarify sentence structure.

  4. Numbers, symbols and punctuation  

    Learn how to convey information about time, money and numbers safely to a global audience. Use safe symbols and punctuation that do not confuse translators. 

  5. Simplified Technical English

    A quick guide to Simplified Technical English. Discover why the Aerospace and Defence industry created a universal standard for technical English. Study examples of STE writing rules. Learn how to use the STE Dictionary controlled vocabulary.

How this course works

Audience: Editors. Professionals. Web managers. Content strategists. 

Prerequisite: Knowledge of plain English and basic web writing skills. 

Qualification: Short course: PDF Certificate when you pass the test. CPD credit: one hour.

Time and place: Distance learning. Start any time. Study online: your place, your pace.

Duration: One hour's study. You can access the course for 60 days from the time you first log in.

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