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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.

Savvy Diversification Series – How I Became a Mobile App Localizer

By The Savvy Newcomer | July 26, 2022
How I Became a Mobile App Localizer

The Savvy Newcomer team has been taking stock of the past year and finding that one key priority for many freelance translators and interpreters has been diversification. Offering multiple services in different sectors or to different clients can help steady us when storms come. Diversification can help us hedge against hard times. With this in mind, we’ve invited a series of guest authors to write about the diversified service offerings that have helped their businesses to thrive, in the hopes of inspiring you to branch out into the new service offerings that may be right for you! A million-dollar question.…

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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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Savvy Diversification Series – Diversification into Machine Translation

By The Savvy Newcomer | November 16, 2021

The Savvy Newcomer team has been taking stock of the past year and finding that one key priority for many freelance translators and interpreters has been diversification. Offering multiple services in different sectors or to different clients can help steady us when storms come. Diversification can help us hedge against hard times. With this in mind, we’ve invited a series…

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How to Make Prospect Conversations Easier (and Land More Clients) with the ‘Selling Staircase’

By The Savvy Newcomer | November 9, 2021

This post originally appeared on High Income Business Writing, and it is republished with permission. Many writers dread having discovery calls with new prospects. Discovery calls are those first conversations you have with prospects where you discuss their need, their specific project … and hopefully, your fee. Writers dread these conversations for two big reasons: First, they don’t know what…

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Inclusive Language Resources

By The Savvy Newcomer | November 2, 2021

As professional translators, we are often called upon to produce content that transcends linguistic and cultural barriers. Clients may look to us as key resources in getting their products, messages, and ideas into new markets. Upsetting target audiences by using language that is offensive or perpetuates stereotypes can be very problematic in most contexts. Whether you’re a newcomer or veteran…

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Buddies Welcome Newbies: A Conference Event You Don’t Want to Miss

By The Savvy Newcomer | October 26, 2021

The hybrid format of this year’s Annual Conference brings with it new opportunities and challenges alike, for all attendees. Are you ready for the ins and outs of next week’s events, whether you are attending in person or virtually? Here are The Savvy Newcomer’s top ten tips for a successful hybrid conference: Attend Buddies Welcome Newbies Both the virtual and…

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ATA is Celebrating International Translation Day – and We Want to Celebrate with You!

By The Savvy Newcomer | September 28, 2021

We’re calling all members, followers, translators, interpreters, and students to participate in ATA’s interactive social media campaign to celebrate International Translation Day 2021. From September 27–October 1, 2021, ATA will release one to three interactive posts per day on each of its social media channels, inviting T&I professionals to interact with questions and prompts about their work. Posts will range…

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How to Land Your First Gig as a Freelance Translator

By The Savvy Newcomer | September 21, 2021

Landing your first gig as a freelance translator is easier when you understand yourself, your skills, and your strengths. Once you do, it’s all about conveying them effectively to potential clients through different avenues like social media, marketplaces, and agencies.

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Emotions in More than One Language

By The Savvy Newcomer | September 14, 2021

This post originally appeared on Psychology Today on August 18, 2011, and it is republished with permission. The language(s) of emotions in bilinguals There is a myth that bilinguals express their emotions in their first language (when they haven’t acquired both languages simultaneously), usually the language of their parents. Like all myths, there are instances when it is true. Thus,…

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How to Review a Translation

By The Savvy Newcomer | September 7, 2021

As translators, the first draft of our translation is only a starting point. We need to verify the quality of our work before we send it off for publication. The following list is not comprehensive, but it will help us find most of the problems we have to solve. Check for completeness Go through every unit of meaning and make…

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