Translate a word for source of language into target language will need a certain skill and it will be far from easy especially if you never had experience in doing so. There are numerous things that actually a translator needs in order to work well in his translation. By knowing what the translator actually need, you will do hard effort to master all the things that a translator should have in order to a good translator.
What you need to know to translate successfully
The key point that you need to master when you work as a translator is you should have good skills on the language that you will translate to. For instance, you will translate from Indonesia to English. If you do not have good English skills, you will be difficult to choose proper words to express the Indonesian meaning, it actually quite frequent happen even though you have good and proper Indonesian.
Another thing that you need to have to be a good translator is knowledge about the language. In translating, you just cannot simply translate one by word. You also should make sure that the words that you have made sense as well as suitable with the grammar of certain language. Some language may have grammar or structure that quite different from the common grammar. Make sure that you learn the grammar well and also the culture of the language since different language will bring different culture as well. Even though you have chosen a good words but if you do not use proper grammar, then it will high risk to spoil the meaning of the words that you have translated. Related to the knowledge of language, you need to know what you know and what you do not. If you do not know the proper words that you need to use, you always can find it on the dictionary or translation device.
What you need to have in translating is not a native speaker of the language but good practices. It does not mean that native speaker will be a better translator than who is not. Translation has high correlation with skills. Hence, by knowing many languages, it does not mean that you can be a good translator for all of them. You can be a good translator if you have a good talent and attitude as good translator should be. Moreover, as long as you practice well and educate yourself, you will successful to translate.