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Translation services in Barcelona

Written by Paula

If you are a foreigner living in Barcelona, you are eventually going to need something translated. If you aren’t lucky enough to have a friend who just so happens to speak the language you need, you might want to hire a professional translation service to help you out.

Ibidem Translations

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Ibidem Translations is a company that offers translation and interpreting services performed by Spain-based professionals. The price of each translation depends on the number of words and source language of the text. Normal translations (translations of simple texts without specific terminology or jargon) are usually between 0.08€ and 0.15€ per word. The priciest languages are Swedish, Russian, Polish, Romanian, Chinese, Japanese, Turkish and Arabic. The prices for specialized or technical translations are slightly higher than the price of normal translations because they use specific terminology and knowledge in the field. The company also offers official, certified translations, authenticated by a sworn translator, which are valid for Public Administration purposes. These translations not only have a higher rate but also require a longer delivery time. A certified Spanish, French or Catalan translation costs 0.12€ per word, while German translations go up to 0.14€ per word.

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Welocalize Life Sciences

Welocalize Life Sciences is one of Europe’s top language service providers. The company specializes in life sciences translations, having worked for major medical journals, CROs, pharmaceutical companies, hospitals and other institutions. They also offer corporate and technical translations, interpretation, audiovisual and multimedia localizationWelocalize Life Sciences are always on the lookout for new and talented team members, so if you are a freelance translator, especially if you have knowledge in the areas of healthcare, medical devices, animal health, clinical research, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, it might be worth it to get in touch with them.


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Idix is a translation company that was founded in 1989 and has since created a solid reputation for itself. They have always been managed by people who are experts in the industry and they are constantly trying to innovate, offering new and effective solutions that allow the clients to manage their translation and interpretation processes quickly, giving them full-time access to their information. On top of that, they offer training sessions to their translators to guarantee they meet the company’s high standards and that they are at ease dealing with the type of translation that is assigned to them. Idix specializes in technical, scientific, economic, financial, sworn, legal and advertising translations. They also offer other services like website localization, copywriting and correction, subtitling and dubbing, audio-video transcription, Editing (DTP) and image processing, interpretation and OCR services.

Optilingua International

Optilingua International offers translations in more than 100 dialects, including Portuguese, English, German, French, Italian, Greek, Serbian, Norwegian, Slovakian, Flemish and Latvian. The company offers technical, legal, life sciences, financial, medical, and pharmaceutical translations, among many others. Depending on the volume of text presented and the language type, your translations can be delivered in only 24 hours. You can also contact Optilingua International for revisions, proofreading, copy-editing, design and layout, DTP, audio transcriptions, subtitling, dubbing, and interpreting.

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Transperfect was founded in Manhattan, in the United States of America, in 1992. It has since expanded across the world and now has a presence in the U.K., South Africa, and Spain, with their largest Spanish office being located in Barcelona. Transperfect is currently one of the most respected translation companies in business, offering translations in over 170 languages, provided by over 5000 native speaking linguists. On top of that, they offer interpretation services, technology services, global legal solutions, life sciences solutions, website localization, multicultural marketing services, retail and finance solutions, software localization testing, training and e-learningTransperfect offers only high-quality services, which is attested by their many certifications, such as the ISO 9001 and the ISO 171000.

If you have enough time to compare prices, we advise that you get in touch with several translation agencies and get a quote from each of them. Not only will you be able to find a price that is suited to your needs but you will also be able to get a better feel of the way each agency works by how they interact with you.

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About the author


Paula is an experienced content writer, translator and editor.


  • Hi there
    It is well explained about a Specific topic.I am also a Translators , and of course i had done many more projects.
    I hope your article will teach me to do something else different.
    Thanks for sharing.

  • Thanks for the article! it was very helpful… I contacted the three agencies and ended up doing my translation with Ibidem Group, they were the cheapest and fastest, 100€ while the others almost 200€… what a difference! Anyway, thanks again!

  • That was a really informative post and I was looking for the same kind of post. Thanks for sharing and keep up the good work!

  • While these firms are great for translation, what about interpreter services for the non-Spanish speaking expat? Like if you need someone to go with you to a medical specialist or notary? That is what many expats need and want. Thanks for this article — if I need translation, I’ll consider using them.

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