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The Savvy Newcomer aims to serve newcomers to the translation and interpreting professions by publishing high-quality, peer-reviewed content on a weekly basis. We strive to provide you with the answers to the many questions you face as a new or aspiring translator or interpreter.

Untranslatable Text: Myth, Reality, or Something Else? A Translator’s Reflections on Translation and “Untranslatability”

By The Savvy Newcomer | March 26, 2021

This post originally appeared on The ATA Chronicle and it is republished with permission. There inevitably comes a time in a translator’s life when he or she starts to challenge translation/translatability as a concept. More often than not, this occurs as a result of finding oneself confronted with a term that is deemed untranslatable and questioning not only the meaning of the word itself, but also the reality of the concept. In doing so, the translator joins the ranks of the thousands who have reflected and debated on the subject throughout the history of translation. Indeed, the notion of untranslatability…

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ATA’s Back to Business Basics – Diversification: A Tool for Thriving in Uncertain Times

By The Savvy Newcomer | March 2, 2021

ATA launched its new Back to Business Basics webinar series in September 2020. These webinars focus on a small, practical piece of business advice for translators and interpreters at different stages of their careers. The series quickly became popular: there are usually a few hundred people attending each live session. Members can access these webinars free of charge, and non-members…

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Getting Real with Translation & Interpreting

By The Savvy Newcomer | February 23, 2021

This post originally appeared on the Language Magazine blog and it is republished with permission. Caitilin Walsh suggests 11 resources to bring Translation and Interpreting to life in your online classroom In an educational landscape so dominated by talk of STEM—purportedly to prepare our students for technologically-influenced jobs—world language teachers are under constant pressure to defend their departments. This sits…

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Public Review of Published Reports

By The Savvy Newcomer | February 16, 2021

How are research papers reviewed in other fields, and how can we apply those practices to the interpreting and translation field? As we observe the publicity surrounding vaccination efforts, we notice that developers are called to follow established procedures in their research. These research procedures are documented and can be reviewed by others. Their reports are checked for conflicts of…

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So, You Want To Be A Translator?

By The Savvy Newcomer | February 9, 2021

This post originally appeared on The Detail Woman blog and it is republished with permission. There are two main things I want to do on this page: first, I want to say a few things to people considering entering the translation profession. Mostly I want to clear up some misconceptions, but there are also some things I just plain think…

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What are ATA’s Mastermind Groups?

By The Savvy Newcomer | January 29, 2021

Preview blog post for Next Level: The ATA Business Practices Blog  The following post is a preview of a new blogging venture by the ATA Business Practices Education Committee. Next Level: The ATA Business Practices Blog will provide helpful information about business practices for established translators and interpreters (those with five or more years of experience). If you have moved…

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On Translators

By The Savvy Newcomer | January 26, 2021

This post originally appeared on Kevin L. Hull’s blog and it is republished with permission. This post is an assignment I did in English 101 in the summer of 2017, and I would like to share it with the world. The assignment was to do a paper on careers, and I did mine on translators. I hope that those of…

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Freelance Finance: Separating Personal from Professional

By The Savvy Newcomer | January 19, 2021

Here at The Savvy Newcomer we understand that it can be intimidating to talk about money. It’s often a sticky subject, but we feel it’s the first order of business for small business owners. One major component of succeeding as a freelance translator or interpreter is managing your finances well. If you don’t master your money, your translation career won’t…

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The ultimate work-from-home checklist

By The Savvy Newcomer | January 12, 2021

This post originally appeared on the Freelancers Union blog and it is republished with permission. Before COVID-19, I had the opportunity to switch my environment every time I needed to boost my creativity. Cozy cafes and beach bars were my go-to place of work. This helped me set clear boundaries between work time and personal time, which consequently helped me balance…

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Book Review: Never Split the Difference

By The Savvy Newcomer | January 5, 2021

Never Split the Difference is a book by former police officer and FBI hostage negotiator Chris Voss that offers “a new, field-tested approach to high-stakes negotiations—whether in the boardroom or at home.” Well, it may be your home office, but the book has some helpful ideas and skills of great use to freelance translators and interpreters. These tactics are not…

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Purchase Orders Revisited

By The Savvy Newcomer | December 8, 2020

This post originally appeared on the blog My Words for a Change and it is republished with permission. Way back in 2015, I asked my blog readers whether the purchase order I’d produced was merely a pipe dream or a document I could actually use with my clients. The general consensus was that my overly long PO would prove daunting for…

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