What is Localization?

In our rapidly expanding global world, there is a high demand for the talent to bring products, services, and ideas across cultural and linguistic borders. That is what the Translation and Localization industry have to offer.

T9n and L10n

Translation (T9n) is the process of rendering a text from one language to another, preserving the meaning and intent of the original text.

Localization (L10n) is the process of adapting a product or service to fit the linguistic and cultural needs of a specified area. Though this is a heavily debated term in its continually growing market, in certain definitions this can include: adapting marketing campaigns, altering brand images, and restructuring websites and practices, in addition to translation.

What it takes

In addition to being able to speak another language, there are a number of skills that are required to make an effective translator or localization engineer.

Cultural awareness- Beyond idioms and jokes, which only rarely are understood outside of a particular culture, there are practices, expectations, historical and cultural references, and subtle nuances that impact the efficacy of a translation.

For this reason, most members of this club either have a rich multicultural background, or have made efforts to travel to other countries and fully immerse themselves in local culture.

Being Technological Savvy - Much of the expanding world around us is built around technology. From localizing websites and apps, to translating user guides and technical reports, the world of technology represents a large portion of the T9n and L10n market.

As for books, reports, transcripts, or any other text that only requires ink and paper, there are translation tools that can help in the process. There are TEnT/CAT tools that can speed up translation, improve consistency, and decrease time spent on term research and formatting. Many professionals greatly increase their profitability and quality of work by using these tools.

BYU offers a large variety of courses that prepare students for the modern world. Members of this club have opportunities to learn and develop these skills and share their knowledge with each other.

A Strong Network - In an industry mainly comprised of freelancers and small companies, a strong network is essential for most to succeed professionally.

As well as building up a supportive network of fellow students, this club organizes career fairs, invites speakers from different aspects of the industry, and opportunities to mingle with professionals. Many of these speakers and professionals are alumni from BYU and are highly successful in their domain. Participation in these events gives members opportunity to build a strong professional network before leaving school.