Monthly Archives: January 2019

Translator’s games

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We probably all know a lot of people who can speak different languages and say that they can be translators but as a profession they find it too boring. It is plausible that they do a good job, but they find other things more amusing. But have to say that daily life of a translator who loves his job has fun moments. It is far from dull work, really no monotony or robotic job here. Every frustrating situation can be turned into something entertaining. When next time you will be translating badly written article you can play these games. Guess the native language This should happen more if you are […]

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Three Famous Translators from History

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The art of translation is a complex and multi-faceted one that requires skills and knowledge in a variety of areas. Many well-known translators from history were polymaths, skilled in a range of endeavours. Linguists, philosophers, theologians, explorers and even accomplished creative writers in their own right – these three translators are a fine example of the seminal status a prolific and skilled translator can achieve. Sir Richard Burton Sir Richard Burton’s careers (according to Wikipedia) spanned the following pursuits: explorer, geographer, translator, writer, soldier, orientalist, cartographer, ethnologist, spy, linguist, poet, fencer and diplomat. An enviable list! His globetrotting experiences in the 1800s bought him into contact with innumerable stories and […]

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Google Translate Fails

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The most popular and most used program for translation is Google Translate. There is an option to suggest your translation, the base is solid and gives you accurate translation, but sometimes people like to be funny and add crazy words and meaning into it. Let’s look at some of them. Program went thought a learning curve with names of places, languages and national signifiers.  It used to show translation from “I love Sweden” or “I love England” to I love Canada, it was the only country loved by it.   The same with Italian if you tried to translate phrase “in English” it said “in Italiano.” Nationalistic much? If you added […]

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Usage in Professional Fields – Part Three

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The number of professional fields that require accurate, and complex translation is almost endless, but there is one field that stands out where translation is incredibly important and that is the field of medicine. The process of translating medical documents can literally be a life or death practice, with mistakes having potentially catastrophic and fatal consequences. The practice of medical translation is very wide reaching, with a variety of different needs and requirements which will be analysed further in this article. The Process of Medical Translation There are a variety of different documents that will require translation, ranging from data sheets and technical documents, right through to marketing and training […]

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