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When to say noIt’s tempting to accept every job out of customer loyalty, but it’s better to say no than to agree to an unrealistic deadline, or if you are ill or too busy to do a tip-top job. Clients can be fickle – one translation that isn’t up to scratch and they’ll take their business elsewhere. Saying you were rushed is no excuse.Raising your price for a rush …

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Have you ever wished there was a way to avoid sending inquiries to translators and interpreters who for whatever reason are not available when you need them? Wouldn’t it be nice to see in a simple overview the dates someone is not available to interpret or out of the office (and thus unable to work on translations)? Well, guess what? On my website, there is such an overview. Yes, …

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Before there were languages in my life, there was music – which in itself is a language as well, as I’m well aware. So I guess taking the step from a universal language to specific ones was not such a big one after all. But I never forgot my first language, in fact, I never left it; I merely shifted priorities around regarding what is part of my professional …

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Did you know there are free translation memories and termbases available on all kinds of topics related to the EU? You can find them on the ELRC SHARE repository. It is a project by the European Language Resource Coordination, mainly for use by the European Commission, but the resources are free to anyone. There are multilingual texts of all kinds of publications, provided in several formats, among them .tmx, so …

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I knew that there were standards for technical requirements for interpreting set-ups and translation in general (the BDÜ published a special edition each on the DIN-versions last year – German only), but I was unaware that there are quite a few international standards, as well.  There are actually 19 of them now (6 of them still under development), grouped under ISO/TC37/SC5, with the most recent addition the standard on the …

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I have mentioned the ATA’s Blog for new translators before, and the latest post is a re-post from copyediting.com about negotiating for freelancers and it is really good! It lists seven points you should keep in mind when entering into a negotiation: Be ready to say no Plan to aim high Start on common ground Never show your cards Be the first person to throw out a (high) number Con’t …

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I had written about post-editing a few weeks ago, ending with the promise to update when something new has happened. Well, it has, although not quite as might have been expected. Not I received a post-editing job, but rather my students. From me. In order to make things a little more interesting in my translation class and to introduce them to this undeniably existing and hard-to-avoid area of language services, …

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Ever since machine translation has come to the fore in the translation sphere, another “new” area of activity has also started to show up: post-editing. While I’d heard about this for a while now, I only had a vague idea of what it actually entails. So when my regional chapter of the BDÜ announced an evening of discussion on this topic, I made sure I was there. Two colleagues who …

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I recently came across an article on ATA’s The Savy Newcomer blog which, although originally published in 1997, is just as relevant (not only for new) translators and interpreters today. It lists and explains seven virtues everyone in the industry should aspire to: Master your subjects. Appreciate your limits. Defend your product. Sign your work. Quote your rate. Promote your profession. Perfect your craft. While all are important, I personally …

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You probably know the story about the Tower of Babel: how humankind, speaking only one language, had come together to build a tower that would reach all the way to heaven, and how God stepped in and frustrated their efforts by making them speak a multitude of different languages, thus making communication and cooperation a lot more difficult. Today, everyone is talking about how in the not-so-distant future, thanks to …

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Oh, the difficulties of translating non-technical texts, such as marketing material or literature! If you’ve never had to deal with this  particular challenge, here’s a video using the example of Harry Potter to show just how creative translators have to be. Enjoy! (And kudoz to the awesome translators and their sometimes truly cool solutions!)

 

Saw this in the latest MultiLingual issue and just had to share it: (c) MultiLingual 2018/07, page 2 I hope, your progress isn’t quite as convoluted… 😉 Have a great weekend!

 

Although this webinar Jost held for the Ukrainian Translation Industry Conference is already five years old, it is still incredibly relevant and surprisingly up-to-date. Enjoy!

 

While reading a very informative article about machine translation and whether and how to use it by Alan K. Melby (you can read it here),  I was excited to read his very accurate description of the problem that often exists between translation customer and translator when it comes to terminology. He writes: There is a widespread and dangerous myth that translation is a black box with one input and one …

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And don’t forget to enjoy it?! (c) translatorfun.com

 

As  you know, I also teach, and one of “my” subjects also involves translation tools or CAT tools. The main point of using them is to reuse already translated text (usually divided into segments). This serves not only to save time, but also helps consistency and supports quality. This week, I was talking with another teacher (who does general translation with the students), and she told me that she just …

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