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How to achieve a professional level of translation?

Achieving a professional level of translation – or a “protranslating” level – isn’t easy, but it isn’t impossible either. With the right knowledge and skills, you can achieve it if you make every effort and put your mind to it.  In this blog post, we’ll give you a few important tips that will help you […]

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translation, editing and localisation

What are the differences between translation, editing and localisation?

There are differences between translation, editing and localisation that everyone should be aware of; on the one hand, for the sake of faster and simpler communication between the person ordering the job and the person doing it; and, on the other, to avoid misunderstandings due to unrealistic expectations. Translation A translator’s job is to transfer […]

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automatic translation

The dangers of automatic translation

A Palestinian man was recently arrested in Israel simply because Facebook’s automatic translation system mistranslated a post he made. Facebook already apologised, but that didn’t stop an innocent man from having a bad time… It all started when the construction worker uploaded a picture from his job at a construction site, along with the text […]

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non native speaker

Translation by non native speakers: some funny consequences…

Translation into Portuguese can raise many difficulties for any translator who is a non native speaker of Portuguese or even for native speakers who have been away from Portugal for a long time. Let’s look at some subtleties that could easily go unnoticed. The Portuguese word «embalagem», which means «packaging» in English, could easily be […]

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For professionals who award translations

Awarding translations by simply comparing numbers is like buying a pair a trousers and looking only at the price tag. We might end up going to work in some… inconvenient trousers. Naturally, if the translation is meant for internal use only and you have the possibility of committing your own time to proofreading, correcting and […]

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Globish, the new Esperanto

The idea for a common language has been, throughout the centuries, the dream of many. Some even tried to achieve it. According to Father Joahann Schleyer, after being visited by God, Who assured him it was about time that mankind spoke the same language, he got down to business and created a language that would […]

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