Split Infinitives and the Monster of Prescriptive Grammar


Yes, the Monster of Prescriptive Grammar has reared its ugly head, and boy did it choose the occasion to do so – the inauguration of the first African-American president of the United States. For those who watched President Obama take the oath of office, I’m sure you found it awkward, ridiculous, shameful or just bizarre […]

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The importance of expert translators


After my post from last week discussing translation experts and the role they play, I was reminded by a friend about the Madeleine McCann case. For those who are not familiar with this story, Madeleine was a three-year-old girl vacationing with her family in Portugal in 2007 when she disappeared one night while her parents […]

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English-only hurts immigrants and translators


Last month, voters in the City of Nashville, Tennessee went to the voting booths to decide whether to make English the city’s official language. And, thank goodness, they voted against the proposal that would have made “Music City” the biggest U.S. city with such official language legislation. This is good news, not just for the […]

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Project Management for Translations (Second Part)


Another important question in this area is not to presume anything, especially that all members of the group have the same information. The coordinator must establish a work plan with all the information and analyze it with the necessary frequency as it is modified or develops. The risk assessment is another one of the manager’s […]

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President Obama, the Power of Words, and Official Chinese Translation


Following up on my post from last week on President Obama and the power of words, it’s interesting to note how the words in President Obama’s inauguration speech were evidently deemed by the Communist Party of the People’s Republic of China to be too powerful for the people of China. Not only was the live […]

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Research


We often get a translation on a topic that we don’t know in detail. What should we do? We have a few possibilities: If we find the terminology and content of the document(s) to be too complex and the amount of text involved would require research on our part that would take too much time […]

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Project Management for Translations (First Part)


The coordinator of translation projects or Project Manager (PM) promotes a work environment in which reigns the uniformity of criteria. In this sense, the coordinator of the project is the nexus among all participants. His/her mission is to assure that the team is informed and motivated and that each one of the team members works […]

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