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Enclave de Ciencia language services platform is born

By: Joel Pina Diaz

Nace la plataforma de servicios lingüísticos Enclave de Ciencia

Enclave de Ciencia es una plataforma de servicios lingüísticos cuyo objetivo es facilitar el manejo y la comprensión del vocabulario científico-técnico. Nace de la colaboración entre la RAE y la Fundación Española para la Ciencia y la Tecnología (FECYT), dependiente del Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación.

La herramienta busca dar soporte a la comunicación científica y educativa, al ofrecer recursos lingüísticos para fomentar la divulgación de la ciencia en lengua española. Para ello, pone a su disposición materiales de la RAE, la FECYT, la Real Academia de Ingeniería (RAI), la Universidad de Salamanca (USAL) y la Asociación Española de Terminología (AETER).

Enclave de Ciencia is a platform of linguistic services whose objective is to facilitate the management and understanding of scientific-technical vocabulary. It was born from the collaboration between the RAE and the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT), dependent on the Ministry of Science and Innovation.

The tool seeks to support scientific and educational communication, by offering linguistic resources to promote dissemination of science in Spanish language. It makes available materials from the RAE,  FECYT, Royal Academy of Engineering (RAI), University of Salamanca (USAL) and the Spanish Association of Terminology (AETER).

https://www.rae.es/noticia/nace-la-plataforma-de-servicios-linguisticos-enclave-de-ciencia

At a loss for words…

By: Teresa Borges

Mark Liberman, a linguist at the University of Pennsylvania, noted recently on the Language Log blog that English does not allow you to pair any old adjective with any old noun in a fixed expression. You may wish someone “good morning”, “good afternoon” or “good night”, but not “good weekend”. You can say that phrase if you like, but your neighbour would look at you quizzically if you lob it over the fence on a Friday evening. In other languages it is perfectly conventional.

https://www.economist.com/books-and-arts/2021/02/13/if-only-english-had-a-word-for

A comprehensive home office transformation prompted by COVID: successes and challenges

By: TrM Translations

By now it is a cliché: the coronavirus outbreak has fundamentally rearranged our lives. As an example, many companies had to switch to working from home office almost overnight. This was also the case for TrM Translations: suddenly, and without any experience, we had to start working from home.

We hope that our experience gained during this transition can help other businesses where, similarly to our translation agency, it had not been customary to work from home before the pandemic. Using our positive example, we would like to demonstrate that a successful switchover can happen without any previous routine even in the case of companies experiencing organisational resistance against home office.

We are presenting the changes we made to this end and the helpful tips we received from [email protected], our HR consultancy partner.

How did we work before the pandemic?

There was a duality in our work. We were in contact with our partners and customers remotely, online and over the phone, even before the virus – and our office did not experience significant walk-in customer traffic, either. However, our in-house team enjoyed working in the comfortable office, happy with each other’s company, the many potted plants and the noticeboard full of colourful postcards sent to us by business partners on their world travels. Before the COVID-19 outbreak, home office was rarely used. Neither colleagues nor management had a liking for it.

What drove the organisational resistance related to home office?

The most significant factor was the lack of companionship. There were fears that working from home would have a negative impact on team cohesion. We feared that communication would be slow, and onboarding and training new colleagues without meeting in person were outright unthinkable. We thought it was more difficult to give feedback this way.

However, our consultancy partner quickly dispelled our fears. They gave us a lot of useful advice and ideas on how to make communication smooth in such a situation, as well as how to provide effective feedback if not done personally.

What challenges did we encounter at the outbreak of the pandemic?

Even though our IT system would have allowed for home office through our NAS and VPN setup, our VOIP telephony, our cloud-based project management solution and cloud-based billing system and, of course, laptops, we resorted to this setup only occasionally, so we had no significant experience. This was the biggest challenge. Adding to the conundrum, at the beginning of the year the company saw personnel changes. We also had to reinvent our workflows that had almost exclusively relied on the office setting.

Our experiences

Fortunately, most of these fears were not confirmed. Not having to go to the office gave a sense of safety in the face of the deadly coronavirus. We also realised that most work processes can be handled remotely.

The transition at TrM Translations was much smoother than we had anticipated. The occasional increase in administrative workload and the slowdown in communication did not seriously hinder work. We realised that many processes involving hard copies can be solved by involving a courier service. Thanks to our increased online presence we could even attend professional events and courses from the safety of our homes.

Much as we had enjoyed the office camaraderie, the lack of each other’s company also turned out to be easier to bear. Work-related communication and the training of new staff were not a problem, either. We were even able to continue our internship programme under these unprecedented circumstances. We received a lot of help from [email protected] on these matters.

And what will the future bring?

Our initial experience already showed that actual personal presence is only necessary in a handful of cases. Thus, it became clear that smaller office space is sufficient. Therefore, atypical forms of employment will also come to the fore at our translation agency. At the same time, we wish to make our home office experience more conscious, formalised and even better organised, and in this we continue to rely on our partner.

Maintaining team cohesion and integrating new staff is still a challenge. [email protected] offers a new, related, service we would like to try. This is a twelve-week team rebuilding process supporting personal interactions through directed group discussions and games, taking only one hour each week.

TrM Translations

TrM Translations (www.trmtranslations.com) is a dynamic service provider of the translation market. Our clientele includes multinational companies as well as small and medium enterprises. The backbone of our success is our mission: providing foreign language services that our partners can fully rely on. Our work is carried out in accordance with the ISO 9001 quality assurance standard.

[email protected]

[email protected] (officeathome.net) specialises in consultancy and training services focused on flexible employment, offering comprehensive solutions to small, medium-sized and large businesses, ranging from the design of the implementation of flexible corporate cultures to extensive training services and effective operation of home office programmes. Our decades of leadership experience gained in home office settings and many years of training background focused on remote work distinguish us from other consultancy and training firms.

You Are Invited to Canada’s First Ever Language Advocacy Day! – February 4, 2021 at 9:00 AM.

By: Andrea Capuselli
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Canadian Language Advocacy Day (LAD):

Inspired by over 40 years of continuous effort by the Joint National Committee for Languages (JNCL), the objective of Canadian Language Advocacy Day (LAD) is to build an informal coalition of language rights advocates, individuals and organizations who will participate in an informational, virtual advocacy day at Queen’s Park on February 4th, 2021. The long-term objective is to establish an ongoing language policy forum and explore the role of language within the context of social justice, education and economic recovery.

Join for an exciting day of virtual engagement exploring the power of language and the importance of language services to the well-being of all Canadians.

This virtual day includes:

  • In-depth panel conversations exploring the impact of language policies (the Canadian LANGUAGE RIGHTS CONFERENCE), including Reflections on the Indigenous Languages Act, Pandemic Communication and Language Gaps and Re-imagining Language Services Design
  • The OUR LANGUAGE RIGHTS Film FESTIVAL, a curated schedule of short and long National Film Board documentaries as well as videos and TedTalks exploring language inter-sectionality
  • Facilitated breakout rooms for those interested in networking and/or collaboration opportunities to meet and discuss language-related projects (VIDEO)

Join on February 4, 2021 at 9:00 AM.

Register soon because space is limited. Hope you’ll be able to make it!

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When Apple Transcreates Headlines, and When it Doesn’t

By: babble-on

Transcreating Headlines is one of the most interesting parts of a translator’s job, especially when it will be seen around the world. This is especially true for headlines from large multinational companies like Apple Inc. This article walks through a fascinating example of a single headline introducing Apple Pay into more than a dozen languages. Where did Apple go right in transcreating it? Where did the team “punt” and do a more or less literal translation? Looking at examples from Spanish to Japanese, we see that even large companies with big budgets produce varied quality translations.

Full article:

https://www.ibabbleon.com/copywriter-translator/2020/12/transcreation-apple-headline-localization-translation/

For Meredith McKinney, translations must be ‘as natural as breathing’

By: Catharine Cellier-Smart

Interview with the Australian translator of classical Japanese literature Meredith McKinney

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/culture/2020/12/12/books/for-meredith-mckinney-translation/

Indian translations are getting richer

By: Catharine Cellier-Smart

Indian publishers are exploring literature from under-represented languages

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/79486001.cms

Amazon Echo’s new Alexa Live Translation feature: friend or foe to translators?

By: Loie Favre

With the advancement of translation and interpretation technology, how concerned do translators and interpreters actually need to be? Is the robot-controlled future upon us?? Here’s my take on Amazon Echo’s new Alexa Live Translation feature/skill, and how I believe we’re still in the green zone.

https://www.favretranslations.com/post/new-amazon-echo-alexa-live-translation-feature-translators-concerned

Why we should learn German, by John le Carré

By: philgoddard

“The most conscientious editors of my novels are not those for whom English is their first language, but the foreign translators who bring their relentless eye to the tautological phrase or factual inaccuracy – of which there are far too many. My German translator is particularly infuriating.”

This beautiful article is three years old, but it’s timely now, since Le Carré died a few days ago.

Why we should learn German | Languages | The Guardian

Essential localization tips for the thriving Canadian market

By: Loie Favre

In a latest article published by Alconost, tips and insights about localizing for Canadian audiences are discussed, such as:

  • how the Canadian market looks right now and where it’s heading; which industries are growing
  • Differences in English between the US and Canada
  • Canadian Slang
  • Differences in French between France and Canada
  • Localization advice

Check the article out here at MulitLingual.com: Localization tips for the Canadian market

Freelance translator survey 2020 report published

By: Alina Cincan

At the beginning of the year, Inbox Translation embarked on an extensive research project on freelance translators. It was based on a survey (almost 70 questions, exploring various aspects of the profession – working with translation agencies and direct clients, rates, non-payment, continuing professional development, routes into the profession etc.), which received more than 1,500 responses. Many people got involved, including from professional translation associations such as the Chartered Institute of Linguists, the Institute for Translation and Interpreting, The American Translators Association, the Association of Translation Companies etc.

9 months and 18,000 words later, the report is finally here:

https://inboxtranslation.com/resources/research/freelance-translator-survey-2020/).

The most used words of 2020: how translators and interpreters adapted this year

By: Loie Favre

What words marked 2020 and what were some things language professionals have to do to adapt to changing times and linguistic needs? How can translators be up to speed with the latest words and trends? Find out in the latest article:

https://www.favretranslations.com/post/most-used-words-2020-translators-adapt

How to market yourself as a freelancer: 9 self-promotion tips to get new clients

By: Loie Favre

Self-promotion as a freelancer is super important, so in my latest article, I talk about different ways that a freelancer, especially a translator or other language professional, can make themselves stand out, be relevant, meet industry peers and get noticed as an expert!

https://www.favretranslations.com/post/how-to-market-yourself-and-get-new-clients-as-a-freelancer

335 languages spoken in the US and one very polyglot President: American Language Stats

By: Loie Favre

The United States is far from being an English-only speaking country. It is in the top 10 countries with the most spoken languages! This just goes to show just how diverse the country is, which is one of the reasons why it’s so rich and interesting, despite what some Americans might say. Everyone could learn a thing or two from US President John Quincy Adams and take advantage of the language mecca that is America. Find out more about the languages spoken in the US here:

https://www.favretranslations.com/post/there-are-335-languages-spoken-in-the-us-this-us-president-could-speak-8-american-language-stats

Best Google Chrome Extensions for writers and translators

By: Loie Favre

So you’re a professional writer or translator. Quality is an important measurable in our line of work, and when it’s lacking, it gets noticed. Mistakes can cost you a client. However, there are software solutions to help language professionals write better, find the right word, do more research, organize our work, and stay productive on top of it all. A lot can be achieved by adding plug-ins to your internet browser. Here are my top favorite, best Google Chrome Browser Extensions for writers and translators.

https://www.favretranslations.com/post/best-google-chrome-extensions-for-writers-translators

Successfully Write An Eye-Catching Translation CV

By: Andrea Capuselli

As companies increasingly turn towards international operations and expand into global markets, there is also a greater need for translators.

A carefully curated translation CV is essential if you want to stand out from the crowd and secure new projects and clients. In order to successfully compete against other translators, here are five top tips to improve your translation CV.

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national operations and expand into global markets, there is also a greater need for translators.

A carefully curated translation CV is essential if you want to stand out from the crowd and secure new projects and clients. In order to successfully compete against other translators, here are five top tips to improve your translation CV.

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How to Successfully Find and Work with Translation Agencies

By: Andrea Capuselli

I’ve often received questions about translation agencies, how to find the good ones, how to apply to them, and how to work with them. That is what I’m covering in this episode. In the search to find a steady stream of clients, sometimes working with a translation agency can be your best bet, at least at the beginning of your career.

Listen to the podcast here

Freelance Finance: Setting Rates

By: Andrea Capuselli

Here at The Savvy Newcomer we understand that it can be intimidating to talk about money. It’s often a sticky subject, but we feel it couldn’t be more important to address as small business owners. One major component of succeeding as a freelance translator or interpreter is managing your finances well. If you don’t master your money, your translation career won’t be profitable or sustainable. This series on money matters is intended to get right to the heart of some of our biggest questions about freelance finances; we won’t shy away from the tough questions and we invite you to dive into these topics along with us.

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How the translation of a Bengali play led to a British priest being convicted for libel in 1861

By: Andrea Capuselli

Nil Darpan or The Indigo Planting Mirror was a Bengali play written by Dinabandhu Mitra in 1858-’59. The drama was written in the context of social agitation in Bengal, known as the Indigo Revolt. The play examines the treatment of the Indian peasantry or ryots by the indigo planters. It was first published in 1860.

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Is interpreter continuing education online as good as in-person learning?

By: Andrea Capuselli

These months of confinement have changed our lives in many ways, including how we teach and learn. Despite the terrible consequences the pandemic brought to the professional interpreting world, there have been positive effects: a profession more united than ever before, and the possibility to attend courses, workshops and classes remotely from every corner on earth.

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