So, it is now about a week since I found out that I have been elected to the ITI Board for a second term. Before I go any further, I would like to say that I would have been happy with either result. Valeria Aliperta is a true professional who has really contributed to the … More Being the Best
Ask a hundred translators what would improve their work or make it easier and I am sure that very few would suggest that “better access to the latest translation research” might do the trick. Yet, there is a growing body of work that could do just that. Work on the use of corpora (think translation … More Making Academia Accessible
I’m Jonathan and I am a translator. No scrub that, I am an interpreter. No, forget that, I am a researcher. Hmm, maybe I am really a preacher. Or maybe I am really a language services provider. Or maybe a proofreader or a blogger or a company director or… Anyone else recognise that feeling? It … More Freelancing Rocks (But it won’t give you a job title)
It’s a simple question really. Is the work you do more about producing that document that your client might print out or publish or turn into a webpage or is it about the time, the skill and the expertise that goes into producing it? What is a better sign of a successful job: a document … More Is Translation a Product or a Service?
In the world of commercial translation, noone ever translates for the sake of it. We translate because someone out there has decided that they want a document in a certain language for a certain purpose. If we want them to hire us again, we’d better make sure that our work fulfils the purpose they had for it in the first place. … More Translations are Meant to Work: the World of Skopos Theory
That’s a good question and it is one I will attempt to answer in this blog. This blog will examine how knowledge of some translation theory, plus a little effort and some spare time to think, can help make us better translators and interpreters. But first, some background. For almost as long as people have … More What Good is Translation Theory Anyway?