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How to become a professional translator

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7 steps that is required to become a professional translator. If you are thinking of becoming one or just curious of the profession here, they are: Step 1: Acquire an education Of course, you need to know at least 2 languages, but also must take translation studies. If you are still in high school you can take additional courses on writing and comprehension, maybe learning another foreign language to become bilingual and have variety in job market. These days translators are also professionals in other fields like the arts, legal, finance and other. They combine their field and language to become the experts in the field. Step 2: Apply for […]

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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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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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Usage in Professional Fields – Part Two

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As globalisation increases and becomes more frequent – the need for a professional translator and interpreter grows. It is very important to understand the difference between the two, with one the major differences being the format – a translator has time to research and understand the text and words they are translating, whereas an interpreter would be very much expected to perform their job instantly on the spot. Translation in Legal Settings As legal issues are incredibly important and any ‘slip up’ can lead to cases being thrown out, many people who work in translation will find they can make for themselves a very lucrative career translating for legal services. […]

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Usage in Professional Fields – Part One

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The art of translation is very important across a plethora of professional fields and plays a key role in many business strategies. These range from translating pieces of fiction, right through to translating legal documents and can vary in scope and difficulty. Very often teams of translators will be needed, and they will be working to different pressures such as deadlines or the fear of legal action, these tensions will vary depending on the professional field. Literature The first field that is incredibly important is literature, many authors have international success due to the fact that their books are so expertly translated. Take Harry Potter for example, this series has […]

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Difficulties in Translation

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On the surface many people will believe that providing you can speak a language, you will be able to translate it – this is not the case, the art of translation requires a much deeper understanding of the language and multiple different factors come into play. For instance, when presented with a written document to translate, the writer may have used multiple synonyms to great effect, but the translator may not have those options in the language the text is being translated too, and will therefore be unable to create the same effect. Other problems that are prevalent with written translations are grammatical issues, it is not simply enough to […]

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The History and Origins of Translation – Part 2

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History has seen many translators, who are often unknown characters that have paved the way for great ideas of work and contributed amazing knowledge to the world. Some translators even lost their lives for their work, perhaps the most infamous being William Tyndale, an English scholar who translated the Bible into English and was subsequently executed for it. Tyndale’s translation was the first English Bible to draw directly from Hebrew and Greek texts and was the first to take advantage of the printing press. He was arrested and later executed on grounds of heresy, but eventually King Henry VIII authorised the Great Bible for the Church of England which was […]

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The History and Origins of Translation – Part 1

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“Translation” comes from a Latin phrase which literally means, “to bring or carry across”, and since the beginning of time humans have needed to be able to translate – whether that was actions and gestures needed for survival, or moving right up to the modern form of language translation we know today. Some of the earliest forms of written languages that are commonly known are Egyptian hieroglyphs, which were the formal writing system used in Ancient Egypt. These combined logographic – a written character that represents a word or a phrase, not dissimilar to Chinese characters, syllabic – a written character representing a syllable, and alphabetic elements with a total […]

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Internet blogs to enhance your career

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Some think that with the new technologies and inventions coming around, there is going to be no use for the job position of a translator. However, it is not even close to the truth and translator profession still remains valuable. There are things and skills that computers are not yet capable of providing. For example, who else but a real person could provide the linguistic skills, real understanding of the language and its past, and the culture. The translation process is much more than a word for word conversion, it is purely paraphrasing the meaning of the idea behind the text. Furthermore, the job of a translator is tough and […]

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