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8 COVID-Era Online Language Practice Sites

By Next Level | January 25, 2023
8-COVID-Era-Online-Language-Practice-Sites

This post is a reblog, originally published on Carlie Sitzman’s blog. It is republished with permission of the author. As they venture off into unknown realms of the internet, some language learners may become overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of offerings out there. What works? What doesn’t? Where am I likely to run into personages with dubious motives? This week, I will take you on a tour of my top eight websites for practicing a language in the COVID era. Streaming Services Netflix: Netflix offers up a seemingly endless universe of documentaries, films, and television shows from every corner of…

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Translator Profile: ATA Past President Ted Wozniak

By Next Level | January 11, 2023
ATA Translator Profile Ted Wozniak

Many of you know Ted Wozniak quite well from his many years of dedicated service to ATA…but did you know he essentially worked undercover as a liaison officer for the US Army in Germany? I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Ted, and I enjoyed hearing about his colorful professional life as much as I valued his advice for…

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Shiny Object Syndrome

By Next Level | December 21, 2022
Shiny Object Syndrome

This post is a reblog, originally published in the Tool Box Journal Newsletter, Issue 22-11-342 on November 23, 2022. It is reposted with permission from the author. Imagine you’re building a house. You’ve poured cement for the basement, you spent weeks constructing the walls, and just as you’re starting to work on the roof… you decide to remodel a shiny…

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Mentoring: Get As Much As You Give

By Next Level | November 23, 2022
Mentoring Get As Much As You Give

From the Next Level team: Do you remember the first few years of your career in the language industry? Was it smooth sailing, or did you sometimes wish for someone who could give you advice and point you in a new direction? If you’ve ever wanted or had someone to help you find your footing, consider doing the same for…

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In Praise of Touch Typing

By Next Level | November 9, 2022
In Praise of Touch Typing

The summer before I entered fourth grade, I was invited to join a special summer program at a local community college. I had the opportunity to choose two classes from a range of offerings and, for reasons I no longer remember, I chose drama and touch typing. The drama class never did me much good; I learned mainly that I…

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ATA63 Conference Preview: Business Practices Education at ATA63

By Next Level | October 6, 2022
ATA 63rd Annual Conference

About a week from the time this post appears, the ATA 63rd Annual Conference will be in full swing. Like always, attendees will have opportunities to network with colleagues and potential clients, browse in the Exhibit Hall, exchange dictionaries, exercise, meet candidates for the Board of Directors, and of course, learn as much as they can in just three days.…

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3 Ways to Use Testimonials When You Have NDAs

By Next Level | September 21, 2022
3 Ways to Use Testimonials if You Have NDAs

This post is a reblog, originally published on Madalena Sánchez Zampaulo’s blog. It is reposted with permission from the author. Testimonials are a great way to enrich your online marketing. Customers often read product reviews and testimonials before they make an important purchase. I heard someone say recently that other people’s words are 15 times more valuable than our own when…

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Courting the Sandman

By Next Level | August 31, 2022
Courting the Sandman

MIRELLA lay still in her bed, though she felt every muscle twitching. She had tried tossing but could not get comfortable. Lying on her back, she scooted up to rest her head on the pillow. She had read somewhere that in colonial times, they used to sleep almost sitting up. The standby light on the computer stared at her accusingly.…

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Protect Your Career by Protecting Your Eyes

By Next Level | August 10, 2022
Protect Your Career by Protecting Your Eyes

How much time do you spend each day looking at some type of screen? Do you work on a computer, use a tablet to look up terms while interpreting, or spend long amounts of time staring at your phone? Have you ever noticed a headache coming on while you work, or have your eyes started to feel dry and irritated?…

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“I’ve Always Done It That Way!” – Breaking Out of Old Habits

By Next Level | July 20, 2022
I've Always Done It That Way! Breaking Out of Bad Habits

This post is a reblog, originally published in the Tool Box Journal Newsletter, Issue 22-6-338 on June 15, 2022. It is reposted with permission from the author. Our brains are wired to resort to tried-and-true recipes in times of uncertainty, but old approaches are not always the most productive choice. The work of Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman has helped us understand…

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Mental Health in Freelance Translation: Setting Boundaries

By Next Level | June 22, 2022
Mental Health in Freelance Translation: Setting Boundaries

This post is a reblog, originally published by Zingword on November 5, 2020. It is reposted with permission from the author. I recently had a brief discussion on mental health with an acquaintance who also works as a freelance translator, and they said something that really stuck with me: “No one ever taught me that you can say no to…

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