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Web Site Translations

The decisions we must make when quoting a web site are fundamental to the quality and costs of the project’s end results. Therefore, when a potential client inquires about a web site translation, it is important to define from the start what type of services will be necessary to meet the client’s and everyone’s expectations. […]

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Translators vs Interpreters: The Supreme Court Rules

In my last blog, we examined interpreting in hospitals performed by professional and amateur translators. Afterall, that is what the newspaper article called them, and I followed suit. However, there is something politically incorrect with that label, a distinction now recognized by our highest court. In May, this fine line was drawn in the books… […]

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Translation Memory: A Blessing or a Curse?

As Érika Nogueira de Andrade Stupiello from São Paulo State University has noted in her article entitled “Ethical Implications of Translation Technologies” from Translation Journal in 2007, translation memory, a technological tool designed to help translators, presents certain ethical questions about the way translators work. Translation memory, or TM as it is commonly abbreviated in […]

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Chairman’s Speech at St. Jude Wine and Chocolate with Tony Bennett and Kristin Davis

I would like to thank everyone for coming tonight to support this great cause. Many people have come from very distant places to be here, including Brazil. In fact, I convinced many of my friends and loved ones to fly in by telling them that this is probably the closest thing I would get to […]

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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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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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