Understanding and Translating Proposals

Despite their variety, most Atlanta Translation workers find that the proposals that they are tasked with translating can be classified in three ways, according to origin, audience, or intention.

Based on its origin, a proposal is either solicited or unsolicited, that is, requested by someone or initiated on your own because you have recognized a need. International business and government proposals are most often solicited and originate from a customer’s request.  Once the request is approved, a purchasing manager invites companies to submit proposals.

Based on its audience, a proposal may be internal or external, that is, written for members of your organization or clients and funding agencies. Based on its intention, a proposal may be a planning, research, or sales proposal. These last categories by no means account for all variations among proposals.  In fact, certain proposals may fall under all three categories, but these are the types you will most likely have to write. Each type will be discussed in upcoming blog entries.

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