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I’m sure some of my colleagues will roll their eyes, saying “Really? You just now heard about this?”, but yeah, I just heard about this, and I love it, so I’m going to quote my English teacher from school: “Betta late san neva!” What am I talking about? The awesome site “Speaking of Translation” by Eve Bodeux and Corinne McKay. They talk about all sorts of interesting topics, interview colleagues …

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One of the subjects I teach is sight translation. During their last year, translation students have two hours of this per week, one for each direction (German – English and English – German), mainly because it is also part of the oral exam, where they have to sight translate one general and one business text in both directions (which one goes in which direction is a surprise – ha!). But …

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Ich finde es immer sehr interessant und oft auch hilfreich, mit Kolleginnen und Kollegen zu sprechen, ihre Blogs oder sonstigen Publikationen zu lesen oder Interviews mit ihnen zu sehen, hören oder lesen, denn ich erfahre immer etwas Neues und bekomme Ideen und Denkanstöße. Und ich merke, ich bin nicht alleine mit manchen Fragen, Erlebnissen oder Vorstellungen. Patrizia Napoli hat auf ihrem Blog kürzlich eine Kollegin interviewt, und diese Interview finde …

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I’m sure by now everyone has heard of the South African sign language interpreter who was on stage with and supposed to interpret among others the speech by President Obama during the memorial for Nelson Mandela this week. It even made the evening news here in Germany! (Here is one of many articles detailing what happened.) I don’t know sign language (except for “Thank you”), but even I could …

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I have written a few times about pricing and discounts lately, and how the tendency is to go down with prices especially when times are tough, even if only temporarily. Now this article by Paul Sulzberger published on The translation business has been making the rounds in the translator community, proposing a completely different approach to falling prices – namely to raise them?! It is kind of long, but …

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I came across this inspirational video the other day – and found it also very applicable to translators! Enjoy! 29 WAYS TO STAY CREATIVE from TO-FU on Vimeo.

 

Als freiberuflicher Übersetzer passiert es einem immer wieder: die Anfrage nach einer kostenlosen Übersetzung. Wie man am besten darauf reagiert? Hier ist eine tolle und wirklich hilfreiche Graphik: Sollte ich kostenlos arbeiten? As a freelance translator it happens again and again: the request for a free translation. How to best react to it? Here’s a really helpful chart: Should I work for free?

 

After my confession a few weeks ago – and receiving some quite encouraging responses from you, thanks again so much! –, I have received one larger and a few small jobs, but still nothing steady, the way it used to be before “the slump”.  I also had the opportunity to speak with one of my agency clients about the slow start of my business year. It was quite enlightening …

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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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I debated with myself whether to write this post or not. To ‘fess up or not to ‘fess up… Is it professional or not to talk about this? Will this hurt the way (potential) clients see me? Might it maybe even help? And finally: Don’t most freelancers have these times at some point in their careers? In the end I decided to do it: I confess. I confess that …

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Ich weiß ja nicht, wie es den Kolleginnen und Kollegen geht, aber mir passiert es immer wieder: Man unterhält sich mit jemandem, das Gespräch kommt auf den Beruf, und eine der Fragen, die so gut wie immer  gepaart mit erstaunt hochgezogenen Augenbrauen kommt, lautet: “Wieso brauchst du denn Wörterbücher? Du bist doch Übersetzerin/Dolmetscherin.” Ja, bin ich, aber das ist nicht gleich bedeutend mit einem Dasein als wandelndes Wörterbuch (und …

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Neulich las ich auf einem englischen Blog für selbständige Texter von den “10 Geboten für überarbeitete Selbständige“, verfasst von Taylor Swift. Wirklich lesenswert, aber für die, die keine Zeit haben oder deren Englisch nicht so doll ist, hier die Kurzfassung der 10 Gebote auf Deutsch: Du sollst die Termine deiner Kunden ehren. Du sollst nicht mehr Aufträge annehmen als du ausführen kannst. Du sollst keine Schritte im Prozess auslassen. …

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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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