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Last week, I came across this very interesting essay in the Wall Street Journal about the future of translation and interpretation – via machines?! Anyone who knows anything about proper language use, knows how flawed machine translation a la Google or Bing is. Yes, it works (most of the time) to get the basic message across, but that’s about it. Being able to carry on a meaningful conversation using these …

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I was just out of the office for over a week (longer than originally scheduled and planned), and now faced with the task of writing this week’s blog post, I dug up this post from Marqui CMS. Unfortunately, it’s a bit older (October 2010) and no longer online, but still applicable in my opinion. I feel it’s perfect for the occasion, since I set myself the goal to post …

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After looking at 5 ways not to use Twitter for freelancers, I came across another very interesting and helpful post on Chris Brogan‘s blog: 50 Ideas on Using Twitter for Business. Here are my favorite points: 4. Point out interesting things in your space, not just about you.  7. Be wary of always pimping your stuff. Your fans will love it. Others will tune out.  13. When promoting a …

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Since I’ve spent the last two days on the big computer project for this year, i.e. switching from desktop to laptop with all that entails (something I will blog about once it’s done), and will be involved with that for a little while longer, I’ll only share a great short article today I found over at the excellent FreelanceSwitch on how to use Twitter wisely for business purposes. It …

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Agencies – for many translators and interpreters, it almost seems to be a dirty word, probably because of the bad experiences they had with them. I know there are many different types of agencies out there, and so far I’ve had the great fortune to work with mostly those that are worth the name, not what I call “re-bagers” (“Umtüter” in German), meaning someone who simply passes a job …

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Reading Nataly Kelly’s article “The Words We Use to Describe Ourselves” published in the October issue of the ATA Chronicle, I came across the neologism “interpretator“, a hybrid of the words translator and interpreter. I think it should become the new word for those of us who both translate and interpret.  I do, so from now on I will refer to myself as interpretator… Who’s with me? 😉 …

 

I read this article about natural translators and musicians a while ago, and it got me thinking. Being a musician myself and having started my musical education at the tender age of three, I wonder if my musical talent has anything to do with my linguistic ability – or if it maybe even helped it emerge. To be sure, I’ve met plenty of musicians, including professional ones, who have …

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My office is closed for a few days over Easter, so I’m taking the easy way out this week by sharing a great article by Debbie Swanson on the Freelance Switch blog. Having two dogs myself, I can really recommend it! Most freelancers are eager for tips and information, turning to forums, classes, and networking for ways to learn and improve. But did you ever consider looking to your …

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Wie ja schon ein paar Mal erwähnt möchte ich mein Schaffensfeld in Richtung Referententätigkeit weiter ausbauen. Am 3. Februar hatte ich wieder dazu Gelegenheit, diesmal auch gleich mit dem zusätzlichen Bonus ein neues Kommunikationsmittel auszuprobieren, nämlich Webinare. Ein Webinar ist ein Online-Seminar, bei dem die Teilnehmer sich von zuhause oder dem Büro über den PC einwählen und dann üblicherweise den Bildschirm des Presenters sehen und ihn oder sie hören. …

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Als Freiberufler ist man ohne Mobiltelefon eigentlich aufgeschmissen. Ich wäre es auf jeden Fall, was aber v.a. damit zu tun hat, dass mein “Handlich” mehr ist als nur ein Telefon, nämlich auch Terminkalender, Adressbuch und Notizblock. Außerdem erinnert es mich an wichtige Dinge, und – sehr wichtig – ich kann damit E-Mails empfangen und versenden. Nichtsdestotrotz ist es natürlich auch ein Telefon, und ich verwende es auch als solches, …

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Being a freelance translator working from home, it’s important not to lose contact with the real world. This is true not only regarding your personal life, but also when it comes to communicating with clients and colleagues. So much is done virtually, via e-mail, Skype and social media such as Facebook or Twitter, it is easy to forget that there are real people involved on both ends. And it …

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