HOW TO WORK FROM HOME AND NOT TO GO NUTS

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We planned the text on the upsides and downsides of working from home some months ago, but in the current situation – the world is in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic – we’ve decided to write and publish it sooner and to take these circumstances into account. We hope that you’ll find some useful tips about how to work from home effectively and hassle-free: […]

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QUALITY ASSURANCE IN TRANSLATION

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When a text is sent to be translated, translation itself is only a part of the whole service ordered. Translation may come with revision, review, and proofreading, or any of those can be ordered separately. You may wonder, though, what do these terms mean? They sound near-synonymous, after all. Today we’ll clarify this somewhat confusing terminology and describe the particular stages of the translation quality […]

THE TRANSLATION PROCESS – HOW DO WE DO IT?

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In our previous entries we’ve told you what our standard days look like, what we actually translate, what tools (like CAT software here and there) and hardware we use. Now we would like to tell you what we actually do when we translate. *** Of course, this entry presents some general notes about our process of translation, as no two texts are translated exactly in […]

TRANSLATORS’ DISLIKES

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As promised a long time ago, we’re here with a text about what it is that translators dislike. There are a couple of examples to mention; however, lest we sound too negative, we encourage you to start with our first article about translators’ likes. What makes us angry, irritated, and annoyed, even if we’re hiding it well? What gets on our nerves, tests our patience, […]

SO WHAT IS THIS THING ABOUT TRANSLATORS AND CATS? – PART II

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In the previous entry, I told you what Computer Aided Translation software was and, also, I covered the CAT basics, namely translation memories (TMs) and glossaries. Today I’m going to describe some other useful features of CATs. Since, as you remember, we operate on Wordfast PRO, I’ll focus on this programme. Projects – where files are gathered First of all, the texts we translate are […]

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SO WHAT IS THIS THING ABOUT TRANSLATORS AND CATS? – PART I

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As we have already mentioned, a majority of translators have cats. Or CATs, actually. What are they? What can they do? What are their functionalities? How do they help? Do they release translators from all their duties and let them fool around and do nothing? Today, we’d like to answer these questions for you. The nature of CATs    The CAT abbreviation stands for Computer Assisted […]

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TRANSLATOR’S (TOP) GEAR

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Today’s post is going to be somewhat technical, just like the previous one, and dedicated to those of you who are at the beginning of their translation career path. I’m going to tell you more about the computer equipment which is good for translators at present. I’ll focus on PCs and laptops working with Windows, as they are what we use on a daily basis. […]

TRANSLATORS AND THEIR TRICKY TOOLS

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You certainly have some ideas about how the translator’s work and the process of translation itself looks. They usually involve the translator sitting in front of a computer, ‘transcribing’ the source text – in a digital or printed form, looking up words in a big, old, traditional bilingual dictionary (or a pile of dictionaries), sometimes searching the web. Is this what it actually looks like? […]