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A Translator’s Value(s) in a Shifting Market

By The Savvy Newcomer | November 14, 2023
A Translator's Value(s) in a Shifting Market

It has to be admitted that the translation marketplace in 2023 is a strange thing to experience. I sometimes imagine that it’s getting stranger by the moment, but I realize that the overreactions to the latest technology and the threats posed by artificial intelligence have to be understood from the perspective of a short history of market upheavals over the past few decades, which have experienced their own share of technological advances, and the insecurity of translators who don’t want to see their jobs overtaken by computers. And while I’m not old enough to have witnessed this short history of…

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Tips for an Interpreter-Friendly Presentation

By The Savvy Newcomer | July 22, 2014

By Ewandro Magalhães Featured article from The ATA Chronicle, originally published in August 2012 As much as we hate to admit it, interpreters make mistakes. Yet, holding interpreters solely responsible for successful communication and betting on their infallibility is a utopian dream. Ultimately, speakers should be equally accountable for the clarity and translatability of the ideas and words that make…

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Helen’s summer reading topic: Spanish linguistics

By The Savvy Newcomer | July 15, 2014

By Helen Eby I plan to teach a class on the formal aspects of Spanish for Hispanics who speak Spanish well and have a solid level of literacy in English and Spanish. I started thinking of this when I taught my first Medical Interpreter training program here in Oregon starting in January of this year. There is a significant number…

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University of Massachusetts Amherst: A Day in the Life

By The Savvy Newcomer | July 8, 2014

By Jocelyn Langer The simple New England elegance of Amherst and the plain grey concrete walls of Herter Hall do not at first glance hint at the diversity of language and culture represented within the Translation program at the University of Massachusetts. A scientific look at the geology of the Connecticut River Valley, however, shows traces of its graceful mountains’…

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Ten Things You Must Never Do to Your Colleagues

By The Savvy Newcomer | July 1, 2014

By Maria Cristina de la Vega Reblogged from the NAJIT Blog with permission Do not give advice freely, even if you think it would be helpful, unless you are specifically asked for it.  It is far better to just lend an ear. Most people just need a sounding board to express their thoughts and come to a decision about events in their…

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From ATA’s Divisions: The German Language Division

By The Savvy Newcomer | June 24, 2014

By Arnold Winter As a German-to-English translator, it was a “no brainer” for me to join the ATA’s German Language Division at the start of my career in translation almost ten years ago. While joining the ATA and putting up my profile online resulted in being contacted out of the blue by my first paying client, the GLD is where…

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What direct clients want: From a Marketing Director’s perspective

By The Savvy Newcomer | June 17, 2014

By Daniela Guanipa A lot has been said about the complexities of setting up shop as freelancers and whether to work with agencies or direct clients. If you have set out to find direct clients, you have probably invested a lot of time and effort specializing in a certain niche and researching your potential clients. Most likely, you have focused on…

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Century College Translating and Interpreting Certificate/AA: A Day in the Life

By The Savvy Newcomer | June 10, 2014

By Kristen Mages If you fall into the vast majority of the population, you may never have heard of Century College in White Bear Lake, Minnesota. I hadn’t either until I recently moved back to the Twin Cities and was looking into options for studying interpretation as a career. That’s when I stumbled upon Century College’s Translating and Interpreting (TRIN)…

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Technology Considerations for Beginning Translators

By The Savvy Newcomer | June 3, 2014

By Tommy Tomolonis Translators are expected to fulfill many roles in today’s market. In addition to being linguistic experts, translators are also expected to be experts in business, marketing, and, of course, technology, just to name a few. This can be a daunting task, but below are some technology tips and considerations for newcomers to the translation field. The first…

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Direct clients… the freelancer’s dream

By The Savvy Newcomer | May 27, 2014

By Helen Eby We all want to work with direct clients… or say we do. Why? I have heard many translators wish they could connect with direct clients in a “the grass is always greener” kind of way. I like working with direct clients, and such work comes with its own set of joys and challenges. However, it is a…

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Business Smarts: Fluctuating Workloads

By The Savvy Newcomer | May 20, 2014

One of the most daunting questions for freelancers – and more so for freelancers-to-be! – is how to handle workload fluctuations. In this great post taken from the ATA website’s Business Practices we find some suggestions to deal with the infamous “dry patch”, coaching on how to use the most feared word for freelancers (“no”), and how to find balance in our work. Fluctuating…

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