Teamwork: the pros and cons of being a lone wolf or a pack animal

From the outside looking in, most translators probably seem lone wolves, happily working at their desks all day with hardly any social contact. In fact, many freelancers highlight being their own boss and making all the decisions as one of the main reasons why they pursued a self-employed career.

But the reality can be quite different, even if you don’t work in an agency’s office. Because translators are increasingly realising the benefits of working together on projects and sharing their knowledge.

In the Group Translation Chats (GTC) session in January, hosted by Ellen Singer, we talked about the pros and cons of teamwork and how and when we can work better together.

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10 things I wish I’d known when I first started translating

I was extraordinarily wet behind the ears when I first started translating professionally in Spain over 20 years ago.

Although I’d studied literature translation at university as part of my BA language degree course, it was not an appropriate preparation for a career as a translator.

Here’s a list of 10 things I wish I’d known when I first started translating that would have made my life much easier.

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What’s the difference between translation and transcription?

This is a guest post written by Danilo from Espresso Translations, a translation agency specialising in translation and transcription services. It was founded by two translators working in tandem and has grown to become a leading language services provider.

One question we’re often asked is whether translation and transcription are the same thing. Sure, they both sound similar, but it’s safe to say they’re actually quite different. Both services have amazing benefits and can help your business, but it’s important to know how they differ and which is the right approach for you.

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Purchase Orders Revisited

Way back in 2015, I asked my blog readers whether the purchase order I’d produced was merely a pipe dream or a document I could actually use with my clients. The general consensus was that my overly long PO would prove daunting for direct clients and unnecessary for agencies. After tweaking it a bit based on the many suggestions I received, I instead came up with a purchase order checklist. The idea was to fill it in ourselves using the information we gleaned in negotiations with clients and for it to be a handy reminder of what questions we should be asking.

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How ‘No’ Days Can Be Good for Your Business

In a recent panel discussion during a Wordbee webinar on freelance translation management, we talked about how it’s important to specialise. This helps you stand out from the crowd of translators that offer to translate everything or almost everything under the sun. It also makes you more credible. Because being good at every subject is impossible, even if you do pride yourself on your research skills.

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When Things Go Wrong

I had pink roses in my bouquet and in the table top display

Watching the royal wedding earlier this month reminded me of my own almost 11 years ago. Ours was obviously not nearly as grand and since we didn’t want a church ceremony and had young children, we opted to tie the knot at a zoo. Although we had gone for a more casual affair, we still hoped it would be perfect. Sadly, it was anything but.

So many things went wrong on the day and leading up to it that I don’t know where to start. Because this is a tale of service providers failing to do what we hired them to do.

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Sorry, this is about GDPR and my privacy notice

Dear all,

I’m sure you’re as fed up as I am with GDPR-related emails and notifications, so I’ll keep it brief. Trying to get GDPR compliant for today has proved to be a huge headache I really could have done without. Every step of the way, just when I thought I’d got my head around it, someone somewhere mentioned something else to examine and worry over. And, of course, everyone seems to have a different opinion.

I’m sure we’ll all be tweaking our notices, polices and other documents for quite some time as we gradually work out what this all really means for the translation community. In the meantime, as far as this blog and website are concerned, you’ll find everything (hopefully) you need to know in my new privacy notice and cookie policy. I’ll soon add a terms of use of this website, which will be an expanded version of the current copyright notice.

Good luck with your GDPR efforts and I’ll be back with far more interesting content soon.

Best wishes,

Nikki Graham

Nouveau cap pour le secteur de la traduction : la post-édition

Cette version française de mon article de blog The Latest Trend in the Translation Industry: PEMT a été traduite par Clovis Cerri dans le cadre de sa formation de Master TSM (Traduction Spécialisée Multilingue) à l’université de Lille. Cette traduction était publiée à l’origine sur le blog MasterTSM@Lille.

Avez-vous entendu parler de la dernière tendance sur le marché de la traduction ? Il s’agit de la PEMT, acronyme anglophone signifiant post-editing machine translation. En clair, les clients font appel à un programme pour traduire leur texte, lequel est ensuite envoyé à un traducteur chargé d’y apporter la touche finale. Certains d’entre eux utilisent des services de traduction automatique plus poussés que ceux disponibles en ligne. Néanmoins, l’expérience me prouve que Google Traduction est l’outil le plus populaire, et c’est donc celui auquel les clients ont le plus souvent recours pour obtenir leur traduction au coût d’une révision, soit environ 50 % du prix.

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22 nouvelles raisons pour lesquelles une agence peut cesser de faire appel à vous

Cette version française de mon article de blog 22 more reasons why an agency might stop working with you a été traduite par Clothilde Radisson dans le cadre de sa formation de Master TSM (Traduction Spécialisée Multilingue) à l’université de Lille. Cette traduction était publiée à l’origine sur le blog MasterTSM@Lille.

En octobre 2014, j’avais publié sur mon ancien blog un billet concernant les raisons pour lesquelles une agence pourrait décider de mettre fin à sa collaboration avec vous. Le billet original ainsi que sa version republiée sur ce blog WordPress « My Words for a Change » ayant suscité beaucoup d’intérêt et de commentaires, j’ai décidé d’énumérer ci-dessous quelques raisons supplémentaires pour lesquelles une agence pourrait tout à coup cesser de vous contacter par e-mail ou par téléphone. Ces raisons sont fondées sur votre feedback et sur quelques-unes de mes propres observations.

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Méfiez-vous de Google Translate

Cette version française de mon article de blog Warning about Google Translate a été traduite par Emma Le Barazer dans le cadre de sa formation de Master TSM (Traduction Spécialisée Multilingue) à l’université de Lille. Cette traduction était publiée à l’origine sur le blog MasterTSM@Lille.

Je me retrouve souvent à réviser des textes rédigés en anglais par des locuteurs non natifs (le plus souvent par des Espagnols, car j’arrive à déchiffrer ce qu’ils essayaient de dire). La plupart du temps, j’apprécie cette activité car les sujets sont intéressants, la qualité de la langue n’est en général pas trop mauvaise, et cette tâche ne m’oblige pas trop à taper au clavier (et mes bras se reposent un peu, alors que je souffre depuis peu de troubles musculosquelettiques).

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