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Petroleum and the Use of Quote Marks

Having recently worked on several documents for clients in the petroleum industry, and in light of the new charges brought against M. Khodorkovsky, a former oil tycoon, I would like to talk about two issued related to translation: being true to the original and making the translation sound good. The slick petroleum tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky […]

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Discounts in Translations

As happens in many other fields of the “services” sector, translation agencies often offer certain promotions or discounts that result from a series of variables. Let’s take a look at some of the most common ones. Discount for project size This is the typical discount that results from the size and complexity of the project […]

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Using Latin in Legal Documents (With Glossaries)

Anyone who has ever translated or taken part, in any capacity, in a legal proceeding can attest to the fact that there is a multitude of phrases and expressions that are pure Latin and yet are used in documents in many languages without translation. They remain unchanged to maintain uniformity throughout the world in various […]

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Automatic Translation?

Automatic translations, better known as machine translations, have experienced something of a resurgence lately. Today, there have been numerous advances in the field of translation, including different programs used for translation. These advances, specifically the programs, have simplified the lives of translators and have shortened delivery times, which has enhanced both productivity and quality (consistency, […]

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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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Maintaining Consistency within Text

As translators, we frequently work on high-volume projects, but keeping consistency within one or several documents can be tricky. In order to delivery a quality product to the client, we need to use the CONCORDANCE function within the TRADOS CAT (computer-aided translation) tool, which is widely used, or should be, among translators. In order to […]

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