Michelle Rafter’s guest post for The Urban Muse, on being a freelancer and being a mom. Michelle is a writer, but her advice applies to translators too! Gabe Bokor’s post about Entering the Translation Market. Gabe is a seasoned translator and agency owner, and he offers some very insightful tips. Keyboard shortcuts in OpenOffice.org. Go
Jill Sommer’s blog “Musings from an overworked translator” has a great post on the definition of “end of day.” This is a subject that’s a frequent subject of jokes between myself and a friend of mine, who is also a freelance translator and also has a young family, since our “end of day” is often
This is another image from iStockphoto, “Uluru at Sunset II” by Timothy Ball
Here is an interesting post from the blog “Working Languages” about the EU’s shortage of qualified into-English interpreters. The EU blames the candidates’ poor English skills, characterized by overuse of the word “like,” while the blogger argues that a larger culprit is the lack of financial incentives for qualified interpreters.
Here is an interesting post from Nataly Kelly’s blog “From Our Lips to Your Ears,” about the real costs of using unqualified or incompetent interpreters.
Thanks to reader (and outstanding colleague!) Jill Sommer for sending the link to this post from the blog “Resumé Hell” (amusing takes on job searching, written by a recruiter), featuring a cover letter produced by an online translation tool.
Translator and translation agency owner Glenn Cain recently started a blog on his Yndigo translations site. It’s a great read and covers topics ranging from the use of sic to translator certification to how to select an interpreter. Give it a look, especially if you’re inside on a snowy day like the one we’re having
On Saturday, May 10 in Denver, my colleague Eve Bodeux and I will be presenting a half-day seminar on “How to Succeed as a Freelance Translator.” It is a nuts and bolts session that applies to any language combination and focuses on developing a marketing plan, finding and keeping well-paying translation clients, writing a translation-targeted
WordPress’ MistyLook theme makes it very easy to change your header image, here is a new one from iStock. This is called “Way to Everest,” by iStock member “weareadventurers.” It reminds me of one of my favorite places (Nepal) and also that sometimes, translation feels a little like climbing Everest!
Here is a useful post, from Translator Support, about RSS feeds and some translation-related sites that offer feeds. For a long time I was mystified by feeds (and I’ve now publicly admitted this!), but Blogging With Beth removed my feed-based shame and confusion, and I’m now a devotee of Firefox’s Sage plugin. Sage is tied