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Adhesion contracts

In another post, we mentioned this type of contract which is commonly used in today’s market filled with the hustle and bustle of the business world. Adhesion contracts are pre-printed contracts used by the majority of companies who market mass products or services. The legal issue behind these “contracts” is the consent of one of […]

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How to translate the word “agreement” in Spanish in a legal context.

First, let’s find out what an agreement actually is. In the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the following definitions are provided: 1.a. the act or fact of agreeing; 1.b. harmony of opinion, action or character: concord; 2.a. an arrangement as to a course of action; 2.b. compact, treaty; 3.a. a contract duly executed and legally binding; 3.b. the […]

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The Financial Crisis and Translation

The news these days is full of market reports, minute-by-minute updates on the stock market and countless stories of small businesses being driven into bankruptcy. There is a general sense of tension especially for small business owners, and rightly so! So, what does this mean for the translation industry and how will it be affected? […]

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How to determine the quality of a translation

Frequently, we are faced with the task of determining whether or not the translation we revise is good or bad. As professionals, our opinions should be well-grounded and not a result of our mood at that time or the friendship we have with the translator who delivered the product. There are some objective factors that […]

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Many critics, no defenders

“Many critics, no defenders, translators have but two regrets: when we hit, no one remembers, when we miss, no one forgets.” -Anonymous This is a well-known verse among translators, but is it really true? Are translators really given due credit for their work or are we destined to deliver translation after translation without the thanks […]

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The importance of information sources

In our daily task as translators, we face several different possibilities for the translation of a text, so, what is the best option when there are multiple possibilities? Some may have a more sophisticated style, some were already used by others in works published on the Internet, and finally, some are found in dictionaries or […]

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The Rise of Spanglish

The term Spanglish came into existence between 1965 and 1970 and refers to any expression in Spanish that borrows parts of English, especially as substitutions of Spanish words. The most common fields that use and abuse Spanglish are areas related to technology, since most of the products introduced into the market are in English. These […]

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What is a Back Translation?

Many times clients will request what is called a back translation which is essentially a way to verify the accuracy of a translation. The most common areas for back translations are science and medicine, whether they are medical forms, informed consent forms, research study protocols, etc. For instance, let’s say a client submitted a document […]

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Importing and Exporting Translation Memories

When delivering projects to larger translation agencies or clients who use the Trados CAT tool, learning how to export and import translation memories is fundamental for smooth deliveries. Instead of delivering the five files that generate the translation memory (TM), which usually implies a large file size, you can simply export your TM into an […]

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Why we need to understand the topic of the text we are translating

As we already know, one word can have several different meanings which will be defined according to the context. For example, the word trial can have one meaning in a legal document about litigation and another meaning in a document about labor relations. What’s more, these meanings shouldn’t be confused with the meaning that the […]

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