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For those of you who haven’t heard this yet: José Mourinho, the current manager of the English football (or soccer) club Chelsea, who happens to speak five languages, gave high praise to our profession, saying that calling him a translator is offensive to those that do the job professionally. You tell ’em, José! And thank you, thank you, thank you for understanding that there is so much more to translating …

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I came across this funny (and true!) comic revealing how translators really think and didn’t want to keep it from you: Source: http://www.tina-and-mouse.com/2014/07/we-nuance-tm-53_21.html You can find more of these great comic strips over at Tina and Mouse.

 

Just in case you haven’t seen this or heard about this yet:  There is a new style out there for translators, and you can have it, too! Just go to the campaign page and order yours, it’s not too late, yet!

 

I came across an excellent article on prices and costs over at Ferris Translations this week, and I wanted to share it with you: Dumping costs? What?!? Posted on February 10, 2014 by Michael Ferris Within the language industry, like any industry, there are also translators and language service providers that offer dumping prices. What are dumping prices? These are prices that are considered “unfair” to the competition because …

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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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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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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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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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The great BDÜ video comparing the translations of a real flesh-and-blood translator with the results by Google Translate I wrote about here is now also available in English:

 

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? 😉 …

 

Since I am completely swamped with work, I thought I’d share Per N. Dohler’s very interesting translator profile from the Translation Journal (Volume 7, No. 1, January 2003). Have fun reading! How Not to Become a Translator by Per N. Dohler   hen Gabe asked me to “be” the Translator Profile for this issue of his wonderful Translation Journal, I felt opportunity knocking. A typical freelance translator, spending most …

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