Resources #Translating


It turns out, Hollywood got it half right. In the film Arrival, Amy Adams plays linguist Louise Banks who is trying to decipher an alien language. She discovers the way the aliens talk about time gives them the power to see into the future – so as Banks learns their language, she also begins to see through time. As one character in the movie says: “Learning a foreign language rewires your brain.”. [2019-07-04]

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The Internet is known as the great equalizer — having a website means access to every single market in the whole world. In other words, as long as you have an online presence that can be accessed and understood by most, if not all, you can sell to anyone without being restricted by geography. With 1.4 billion Internet users communicating in English, 1.4 billion in Chinese, and 5 billion in the other top 10 languages, English is the most common language used online. However, more than half of the 7.7 billion Internet users worldwide speak another native language. [2019-07-02]

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The English language is notoriously difficult to get to grips with. Sure, you can master the basic range of vocabulary to successfully order yourself a portion of fish and chips, but a complex spelling system and seemingly nonexistent rules of pronunciation make sounding like a local a little more tricky. To further muddy the waters, entrenched in British culture there exists a language within a language. The art of British slang. We guide you through 100 words and phrases from the English dictionary that may well have an entirely different meaning to what you first imagined. [2019-07-02]

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Are you wondering whether a career in translating or interpreting may be for you? Here are some questions asked by those aspiring to be freelance translators or interpreters: Q: Is it possible to make a living as a translator or interpreter? A: Yes! It is estimated that about one or two million people, worldwide, do so. Q: Is linguistic ability enough to make a living as a freelance translator or interpreter? A: No. For most paid work, the translator or interpreter will need to have a particular knowledge of the subject matter in question. To function professionally, a translator needs to understand the "source" language fully, be a good writer in the "target" language, and be able to convey meaning faithfully. [2019-06-28]

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Your business needs materials and messages converted into another language. No problem—you’ll contact your LSP and find a translator. Right? Maybe. Depending on your needs, a translator might be the right fit—or you might require interpretation services. What’s the difference between translation and interpretation services? Here’s what you need to know. [2019-05-24]

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Many of the estimation timelines for translation projects are based primarily on the number of words that a given translator can translate in a single sitting, with estimates ranging from 1,500 to 3,000 words a day. Unfortunately, the reality is that translation turnaround time is affected by a complex mix of factors, where the speed of the translator is only one piece of the puzzle. [2019-05-23]

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When it comes to translation work, there are hundreds of tools for translators to choose from. The challenge is not the lack of software but rather finding the best tool for our specific goals. Not too long ago, we compiled a list of the best free tools for freelance translators; today, my focus is on translation quality and productivity. With these two goals in mind, I’ve put together a list of 8 tools that will help you produce better translations more efficiently without breaking your piggy bank. [2019-04-26]

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You can choose old-world sexism: “Translation is like a women. If it’s beautiful, it’s not faithful. If it’s faithful, it’s not beautiful.” Or Marina Warner’s recent (and oddly one-sided) musical simile: “Should a translator respond like an Aeolian harp, vibrating in harmony with the original text to transmit the original music, or should the translation read as if it were written in the new language?” [2019-04-26]

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Have you ever worried in your student years or later in life that time may be starting to run out to achieve your goals? If so, would it be easier conveying this feeling to others if there was a word meaning just that? In German, there is. That feeling of panic associated with one’s opportunities appearing to run out is called Torschlusspanik. One remarkable feature of compound words is that they don’t translate well at all from one language to another. [2019-04-04]

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The benefits of working from home are obvious. If you're a regular employee: you skip the commute and there are no office distractions for the day. If you're an entrepreneur: reduced overheads, no commuting and a congenial working environment. But working from home is a real art. Lots of people think it's all daytime TV and curling up on the sofa with your laptop, but in many ways it's much harder than working from an office. You need discipline, motivation and you have to be very happy in your own company! [2019-04-04]

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Translation quality can be highly subjective. Many times, there is no one “correct” translation of a text. Both translators and customers might struggle to objectively assess quality when there is so much subjectivity involved. Most professional translators and customers would agree that a good translation communicates the same meaning and intention as the original, but sounds like it was originally written in the target language. But how can you as a customer be sure of getting a good translation? [2019-03-09]

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In 1995, NASA began a power nap experiment. If an employee felt tired, managers encouraged them to leave their work and take a short 26-minute nap. The results were surprisingly effective. A short nap improved cognitive performance by 34 percent and alertness by 54 percent. Despite the positive results, NASA’s napping philosophy didn’t spread to other organizations, and only a handful of large companies openly recommend power naps to their employees. [2019-02-20]

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