Professional Japanese-to-English Subtitle Translation Course

Learn the fundamentals of subtitle translation and how to successfully complete a trial translation.

This course is designed for people who want to be able to create professional-level English subtitles for Japanese video content.

What you’ll learn

  • 字幕翻訳の理念、現況を習得できます。Understand the fundamental concepts and current trends in subtitle translation..
  • 字幕翻訳についての基礎的なルールを習得できます。 Grasp the basic rules of subtitle translation..
  • 日本語から英語へ翻訳する際に留意すべき注意点を習得できます。 Learn the important points to bear in mind when translating from Japanese to English..
  • コース満了後、当社の登録翻訳者としてのトライアルを受験することが可能です。 Apply for our translation trial after completing the course in order to become one of our registered translators..

Course Content

  • Lesson 1 –> 1 lecture • 10min.
  • Lesson 2 –> 1 lecture • 11min.
  • Lesson 3 –> 1 lecture • 17min.
  • Lesson 4 –> 1 lecture • 12min.
  • Leeson 5 –> 1 lecture • 12min.
  • Lesson 6 –> 1 lecture • 20min.
  • Lesson 7 –> 1 lecture • 10min.
  • Lesson 8 –> 1 lecture • 16min.
  • Lesson 9 –> 1 lecture • 12min.
  • Lesson 10 –> 1 lecture • 11min.
  • Lesson 11 –> 1 lecture • 8min.
  • Lesson 12 –> 1 lecture • 14min.
  • Lesson 13 –> 1 lecture • 10min.
  • Lesson 14 –> 1 lecture • 14min.
  • Lesson 15 –> 1 lecture • 4min.

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This course is designed for people who want to be able to create professional-level English subtitles for Japanese video content.


The course comprises 15 lessons that will teach you the key skills needed to become a successful subtitle translator.


You will learn tips and techniques for ensuring that your subtitles accurately convey the meaning and nuance of the original dialogue or narration. Examples are used to illustrate the particular challenges faced when subtitling Japanese content in English, such as how to deal with keigo and other concepts that have no direct equivalents in English.


Subtitling differs in several important ways from other forms of translation, and the course also covers how to write well when your words will be displayed in short bursts on top of a video. You will learn how to create easy-to-read, unobtrusive subtitles that provide the viewer with the best possible experience. This includes instructions on how to format your subtitles to comply with common industry guidelines on issues such as character limits, line breaks and the use of punctuation.


The course also introduces subtitling software and explains how to create properly timed subtitles using the free program Subtitle Edit.


Upon completing the entire course, participants will be eligible to do a trial translation and apply to register with Forecross as a freelance Japanese-to-English subtitle translator.

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