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What’s the Minimum Number of Translators Involved in Each Translation Project?

Some clients may not be aware of it, but each translation project—no matter how small—involves the work of various translation professionals. The “translator” is the professional that works with the source text on the first round, applying a determined work methodology learnt during University studies.  In case of a very large project, several translators will […]

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Why Human Translators Still Have a Job

Humans and machines don’t always get along: the former are often envious of the latter’s ability to perform tasks with greater efficiency, consistency, and more precise results.  The antagonistic sentiments which many people have harbored for machines stretch back many years, and in particular any time machines or technology in general have displaced human workers, […]

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What Does Proofreading Really Mean

The term “proofreading” is bandied about in our industry when dealing with translations or simple publications of writings in one language that are not translated. Yet many of the people I have encountered have no real training in the craft, so it is important to establish exactly what a professional agency would be looking for […]

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Translation Buyer Consideration

Some translation agencies try to find sly methods for making their customers pay more for the services being offered.  The ploys can be incredibly simple, or sometimes they can be sublimely complicated. One thing which translation buyers should keep an eye out for when choosing which provider to go with is how the price tally […]

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Overcoming the Global Economic Crisis with Professional Translation

The present global economic scenario is looking pretty dire, and companies all over the planet are looking for clever new ways to maintain their customer base and expand it in new directions. The necessity to reach out into new markets is underscored by the fact that many traditionally solid markets (such as the United States […]

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Triphthongs in Spanish

A triphthong is a sequence of three vowels making up one syllable. Some examples in Spanish would be: a – pre – ciáis, co – piéis, buey. For a triphthong to exist, two closed atonic vowels (“i” or “u”) and, between them, an open vowel (“a”, “e”, or “o”): anunciáis, guau, miau, confiéis. Sequences of […]

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When Translations Get Tricky

It’s common in the translation field to come across projects that evince enormous intercultural differences, obliging the translator to come up with some sort of ingenious solution to the issue.  On the one hand, translators can try to tweak the message of the text to render an appropriate final result, but this is usually frowned […]

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