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The translation industry should see beyond stereotypes

IMHO it is wrong, plain dumb, and ridiculous for anyone in the language industry to boycott or ‘ban using the services’ of another provider based on gender, ethnicity, race, country of origin, religion, language, sexual orientation, physical capability and any of the other many diversity categories. What’s brought about this politically motivated statement? Apparently some … Continue reading

Unless you want “Ice Cream in the a*s” use Yandex for Russian MT, or better still a human!

I’m often asked why we need professional translators when Google Translate (for example) is free. The short answer is because Google Translate, and other MT engines, can make mistakes. The picture below, of a mistranslation from a Russian Menu, has been circulating on Facebook. “в асс.” is short for ассортимент or assortment, meaning choice – and has been badly mistranslated. I checked … Continue reading

Russian language version of Selling Translations Technology Assisted Translation Pricing Spectrum March 2012

Thanks to Ego Translating Company for supplying the translation into Russian of the these documents previously posted in English only. Click the links below to download the PDFs. Russian-US-Letter-Selling-Translations-Technology-Assisted-Translation-Pricing-Spectrum-March-2012 Russian-A4-Selling-Translations-Technology-Assisted-Translation-Pricing-Spectrum-March-2012

Amicus TransTec Aston University The Translation Profession Prize 2012 Winner Robert Corbett

We sponsor this award at Aston University. It is presented to the student who produced the best final assignment (an individual reflective report) in the Translation Profession module (LIM015). A module I teach on as a sessional lecturer. Within the module we prepare the students for the world of work. I’m pictured with Robert Corbett this year’s winner and Dr Lucian N. Leustean (Associate … Continue reading

Selling Translations® and CSA Workshop Announced for Boston, USA, 21st May 2012

The Strategy Factor: Building the Foundation for Sustainable Growth – Take your company to the next level! In this workshop Don DePalma, Nataly Kelly, Doug Lawrence will help owners, CEOs, or Managing Directors of language service providers and technology companies develop the right corporate and sales strategies for their businesses, enabling them to stand out … Continue reading

Anne Hulme a great loss

Anne Hulme was an active member of the local translator groups, the WMG and the NWTN. She was highly regarded as a technical translator from German and French into English. Those who knew her, myself included, will miss her. See the ITI WMG website to read more and leave a comment.

Selling Translations® Technology Assisted Translation Pricing Spectrum

If you’re a language serviced provider this spectrum provides a model for you to think about the advantages and disadvantages of how transparent (about technology savings) you are when quoting. For example giving your client all the savings you make when applying translation technology is simple and, some would argue, honest. However this approach can make it difficult for … Continue reading

UK Translation Industry: Applied Language Solutions/Ministry of Justice Framework Agreement ‘Downfall’ Parody

For those of you not involved with the UK translation industry you may not be aware of the huge debate (which I am resolutely not taking sides on) here about the Applied Language Solutions / Ministry of Justice Framework Agreement. An anonymous interpreter (I assume) has posted an extremely funny and well written, or rather subtitled, parody of Downfall covering some of the … … Continue reading

Reputation ranking of Top 100 Russian LSPs now available in English

Following on from my post about the launch of the Reputation ranking of Top 100 Russian LSPs in December 2011 (#100buro). I’m please to announce it is now available in English. The ranking has been criticised by some (especially as it differs from financial measures). However the method is published on the site, and I hope, for one, that the Ranking will continue to be published, improve over time, and become an increasingly … Continue reading

Selling Translations® Sales and Marketing Workshop, Friday 30th March 2012, in Sofia – Bulgaria

I will be delivering a Sales and Marketing workshop in Sofia, Bulgaria, in the heart of ancient Serdica (as they say), in collaboration with the Selling Translations® partner for Bulgaria 3:30 pm Linguistic Solutions. This one day workshop, delivered in English, is split into 2 sessions: Freelancers’ session 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Companies’ session 1:00 pm … Continue reading

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