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A Short Guide to Gender Inclusiveness in Italian Translations

By The Savvy Newcomer | September 19, 2023
A Short Guide to Gender Inclusiveness in Italian Translations

This post was originally published at Mirta Boschetti Traduzioni. It is reposted with permission.  Do you wish for your Italian translations to be up-to-date and without fault when it comes to gender inclusiveness? As you might already be aware, nowadays one of the most discussed issues in communication – and therefore translation – is the use of gender-inclusive language. But while marketing content creators are every time more sensitive to the issue, gender neutrality is not always adopted for other types of texts, such as technical manuals, instruction guides, and the like. The issue, however, should be addressed in the translation process of…

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Getting Started in Academic Translation: Working with Credentials

By The Savvy Newcomer | January 28, 2014

By Carolyn Yohn Credential translation can be a great way to transition into your new career as a translator. Besides acting as a bridge to your previous career as a student, this work really pushes you to hone your research skills and proofreading eye. The manageable length will keep you from feeling overwhelmed, and the variety of clients you can…

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Bad Advice for Novice Skydivers: Learn As You Go

By The Savvy Newcomer | January 21, 2014

By Kevin Hendzel Reblogged from Word Prisms with permission from the author Why the First, Best Lesson I Learned about Translation Was a Healthy Fear I was a poor, scrawny white kid with crooked teeth who grew up in the barren hills of central Arizona. The year before my birth, the Soviets launched Sputnik, shocking the world, and causing a…

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Money Talk

By The Savvy Newcomer | January 16, 2014

By Giovanna Lester  Being self-employed is not for everyone. As self-employed professionals we must keep abreast of market conditions – pricing, demand, terminology changes, and technological developments, for example – and make sure we take full advantage of those that have a direct impact on our jobs. Also, we are our own secretaries, marketing directors, human resource department, and more.…

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Helen’s Adventures in Translation, Chapter 2: Preparing to Launch

By The Savvy Newcomer | January 7, 2014

By the fall of 2010 I had done a lot of groundwork for launching: I had acquired enough credentials to be credible so that potential clients could trust me. I had the resources I needed. I had spent a few thousand dollars on dictionaries, plus another few thousand on training, a laptop and a smartphone with all the bells and…

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ATA Business Practices: Red Flags For Avoiding Scams

By The Savvy Newcomer | December 31, 2013

Translators, like other business owners, are susceptible to scams.  Although the internet makes it easier for scammers to find a target, it also helps potential victims to identify scams before it’s too late.  See the article below for 4 red flags that should raise the suspicions of translators looking for new clients. Red Flags to Look Out For Before accepting…

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ATA Business Practices: Workflow Management

By The Savvy Newcomer | December 26, 2013

What do we do during two weeks of enforced vacation, when the offices that usually send us work are on vacation? What do we do when we receive an email on Friday evening asking us to have a translation ready for Monday? Balancing work and life as a freelancer includes these challenges. The holidays are a good time to think…

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The Top Three Things I Wish Somebody Told Me When I First Started As a Freelance Translator

By The Savvy Newcomer | December 10, 2013

By Pilar Saslow I earned a degree in translation and interpretation from a university in Peru a long time ago (I won’t share how long). I was naive enough to think my degree totally prepared me to enter the workforce. I had a rude awakening when I moved to the United States where the business of translation was handled very…

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ATA Business Practices: Appropriate Prices for Services

By The Savvy Newcomer | December 3, 2013

Each month the ATA Business Practices Education Committee contributes a column entitled “Business Smarts” to The ATA Chronicle that discusses various management practices and business-related questions submitted by translators and interpreters. You can find this column online at; in fact, this article was taken from the column at  It addresses many factors involved in answering one of the…

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Conference Wrap-Up

By The Savvy Newcomer | November 26, 2013

By Helen Eby & Jamie Hartz The 54th annual American Translators Association conference was held this year in downtown San Antonio, Texas, just a short walk from the Alamo and the beautiful Riverwalk. The conference was a huge success on several fronts: it drew over 1,400 attendees from all over the world, and it was the first year that featured…

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Building Your Presence Offline

By The Savvy Newcomer | November 19, 2013

By Daniela Guanipa I am a big proponent of making communications more effective, handling matters electronically as much as possible, and I really enjoy the enormous benefits of being able to connect with people anywhere in the world, from the comfort of my computer or any other electronic device. However, in this era of Internet, emails, and social media, it…

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