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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.

The Devil is in the Details: Why You Need to Start Using a Corpus to Localize and Translate Better

By The Savvy Newcomer | June 28, 2022
The Devil is in the Details: Why You need to Start Using a Corpus

This post was originally published on Ana Lis Salotti Translations. It is reposted with permission. Do you know what a CORPUS is? Have you ever used a corpus before in your translation career? Have you ever felt stuck with a simple phrase in your source language and can’t find an equivalent that runs as smoothly as your original? If you answer no to the first two questions, but yes to the third, read on! When your dictionaries, glossaries, google searches, and other terminological tools can’t help you get a seamlessly translated phrase, and when your brains are fogged up, you…

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B2BB Review – Emergency Preparedness and Contingency Planning for Freelancers

By The Savvy Newcomer | March 1, 2022

I live in Oregon. In case you don’t already know, Oregon and the Northwest are overdue for a huge earthquake. A few times a year, the state runs preparedness campaigns. I feel very concerned when I am reminded of the earthquake by the local radio. But despite my sincerest intentions, the only thing I do is buy extra cans of…

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Three (Surprising) Reasons for Poor Quality Translations

By The Savvy Newcomer | February 22, 2022

This post was originally published on Content Rules. It is reposted with permission. Usually, when someone tells you that your translations are poor, the first tendency is to blame the translators. Blaming the people doing the work might make sense. However, in my experience, the cause of poor translation is often not the person trying their best to translate the…

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Taking and Preparing for ATA’s Online Certification Exam

By The Savvy Newcomer | February 15, 2022

New year, new goals. Each new year provides a blank slate for tackling personal and professional goals. Is studying for the ATA Certification Exam one of your goals for 2022? Preparing for an exam with a 20% pass rate can be daunting. The Certification tab on ATA’s website describes the exam as a “mid-career credential for experienced, professional translators or…

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Creating a Social Media Plan for Busy Translators

By The Savvy Newcomer | February 8, 2022

This post was originally published on Integrated MarCom Translations blog. It is reposted with permission. No doubt you’ve heard it before: If you’re trying to increase your exposure, grow your network, and win more clients, you’ve got to work the social media scene. You may even have created your own Twitter account, grouped your Facebook contacts into relevant audiences for…

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Summary of “Defining Translation Quality”

By The Savvy Newcomer | February 1, 2022
Summary of “Defining Translation Quality”

The article “Defining Translation Quality” (Koby, Fields, Hague, Lommel, and Melby) is the third article in a series of articles. This particular article starts by referencing the first two articles. It mentions that the first article talked about the scope (how broadly one defines translation) and specifications (how explicitly requirements must be stated) concerning definitions of translation and that the…

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Spoken Language Interpreter Job Description: Excellent Resource for Clients and Employers

By The Savvy Newcomer | January 18, 2022
Spoken Language Interpreter Job Description

The Spoken Language Interpreter Job Description, authored by Norma Andrada, Heidi Cazes, Helen Eby, Julia Poger, and Rafael Treviño, might be called a job description, but I swear it’s one of the simplest and most straightforward ways to answer client and employer questions about what interpreters do. The variety of the authors’ backgrounds and locations definitely enrich this solid and…

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The Britishism Invasion: Language Corruption is a Two-Way Street

By The Savvy Newcomer | January 11, 2022
The Britishism Invasion: Language Corruption is a Two-Way Street

This post was originally published on Slate. It is reposted with permission. Ben Yagoda blogs about British words and phrases that have entered the American lexicon at www.notoneoffbritishisms.com. This summer, journalist Matthew Engel took to the BBC website to bemoan the corrupting influence of U.S. words on British English. Readers were invited to weigh in with their picks for the…

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Freelance Finance: Paying Taxes

By The Savvy Newcomer | December 7, 2021
Freelance Finance: Paying Taxes

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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How and Why You Should Diversify Your Freelance Translation Business (COVID-19 Series)

By The Savvy Newcomer | November 30, 2021
How and Why You Should Diversify Your Freelance Translation Business (COVID-19 Series)

This post was originally published on Madalena Sánchez Zampaulo’s blog. It is reposted with permission. More and more translators are seeing the need to diversify their freelance businesses these days. Entrepreneur defines diversification as “a risk-reduction strategy that involves adding product, services, location, customers and markets to your company’s portfolio.” For many translators, the idea of diversifying their business may…

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Found in Translation: The Invisible Art of Translation Deserves Wider Recognition

By The Savvy Newcomer | November 23, 2021
The Invisible Art of Translation Deserves Wider Recognition

This post originally appeared on New Statesman, and it is republished with permission. I once met a French translator of Shakespeare. My immediate reaction on being introduced to him was odd: I felt a stab of envy. This French translator, I felt, could get really close to Shakespeare; I myself, being neither an actor nor a producer, could only read…

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