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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.

Getting Started: 10 Tips

By The Savvy Newcomer | June 1, 2021

This post originally appeared on Translation Times and it is republished with permission. We oftentimes get questions about how to get started in the profession, and that’s a long answer. Actually, part of this blog is dedicated to answering precisely that question, and we have a long list of articles that we’ve marked for beginners. However, a dear friend of ours recently asked us to compile 10 tips on what one needs to do to get started (he was thinking about becoming a translator). We came up with these 10 tips/ideas, but of course there are hundreds more. These tips…

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Why be a buddy?

By The Savvy Newcomer | October 22, 2013

By Helen Eby At my first ATA conference, back in Denver, I felt overwhelmed by the newness of it all. My roommate, however, acted as a buddy. She was great!  I met her through the Roommate Finder, so she was a total stranger. We didn’t share a language, a specialty, or anything of that nature. Just a desire to have…

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Dear Newbie,

By The Savvy Newcomer | October 15, 2013

By Jamie Hartz We’ve been in your shoes. In fact, I’m personally still in your shoes. Last year was my first time at the ATA annual conference, and let me be the first to tell you: it’s overwhelming. But take heart! “Buddies Welcome Newbies” is here to help. I was a first-time attendee and an undergrad student looking to learn…

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How to Market Yourself at the ATA Conference

By The Savvy Newcomer | October 8, 2013

By Kevin Hendzel Reblogged from Word Prisms with permission from the author I’ve hired thousands of translators and interpreters for over 20 years, many from ATA conferences.   Here’s how to attract attention, stand out from the crowd and win new clients. You’ve arrived in sunny San Diego to 70-degree, zero-humidity weather and spectacular views from your room of sailboats, cruise ships…

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Computing for the Newbie

By The Savvy Newcomer | October 1, 2013

By Jost Zetzsche First of all, technology does no good if there are no skills to use it with. No, I’m not talking about great programming or software development skills, but instead very fundamental skills that can’t be assumed to be present. Typing: I’m an OK typist now, but I’m sure that I lost a few thousand dollars in my early…

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Why the American Translators Association?

By The Savvy Newcomer | September 24, 2013

By Daniela Guanipa When I first joined ATA back in 2003, I knew it was the organization to join if I wanted to be serious about my language career in the United States. But the truth is I did not know exactly why. During the fall of 2002 I had had the opportunity to attend my very first ATA Annual…

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Helen’s adventures in translation – Chapter 1

By The Savvy Newcomer | September 17, 2013

By Helen Eby I started translating when I was 15, when I helped my mother with an IATA (International Air Transportation Association) contract. We each did half of it and reviewed each other’s work. That was back in 1976, with paper and pencil, in Argentina. I have continued translating and interpreting at different events, no matter what my official occupation…

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Advice for a new translator on job hunting

By The Savvy Newcomer | September 10, 2013

By Jill Sommer Reblogged from Musings from an overworked translator with permission from the author I received an interesting comment from Martha, a new translator. I felt this was important enough that it shouldn’t be buried on a page no one will see. Martha has agreed to my posting it here for everyone to comment on. I particularly hope that some…

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Ten Tips for Translators

By The Savvy Newcomer | September 3, 2013

By Holly Mikkelson Whether you’ve had formal training as a translator or not, you may find these tips helpful for making your initial ventures into the profession a success. Before you begin translating a text, read it all the way through, without thinking about how to translate it into the target language, and get a general sense of what it’s all…

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From ATA’s Divisions: The Spanish Division

By The Savvy Newcomer | August 22, 2013

By Francesca Samuel ATA Spanish Division Administrator When I was asked to write an article for the newest ATA blog, I felt excited and honored to be asked to contribute to its maiden voyage. What would I write about? What would new members want to know? How could I engage them, if only for a few minutes? I thought about…

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The story behind the blog

By The Savvy Newcomer | July 23, 2013

This blog was born on a brainstormy day, drawing on suggestions from the ATA Newcomers listserv and the recently created Student Involvement Committee. But to understand the true nature of The Savvy Newcomer, we need to take a look at the role played by both groups and the people who have made this blog possible. When Helen Eby became Assistant…

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