Translation 101: Starting Out As A Translator
Translation 101: Starting Out As A Translator
About the Book
This book is for anyone contemplating on becoming a translator, or for existing translators that need a concise crash course on their profession.
It explores the realm of translation, the benefits and working conditions, the types of translation work and tools available. It gets down to details regarding the tools a translator uses every day, providing information not only from the translator's perspective but also from the viewpoint of the translation engineer and translation project manager. It provides a hands-on approach to CAT (Computer-Assisted Translation) Tools, on how you can take advantage of them regardless of your CAT Tool of choice.
You'll also learn how to successfully run your freelance translation business. You'll be presented with "inside" information on how clients (especially translation agencies) choose their translators. You'll learn how to set up profiting rates and how to find promising clients. You'll be given ideas for efficient organization of your work process and tips for successful customer relationship management. And, you'll be shown how to stay away from fraudulent companies too.
Great guide for those of us not accustomed to the translation business. Gets you up and running in no time!
Worth every dollar! Despite being a part-time translator, I still found valuable information in this guide that helped me immensely!
Provides a complete crash course to the uninitiated in the translation field. Highly recommended.
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Part 1: So, You Want To Be A Translator…Why Become A Translator
Freelance Working Conditions
You’re The Boss
Money, Money, Money!Do I Need Any Special Skills Or Experience? Types Of Translation Work
Software, Game & Mobile App Localization
Subtitle & Voice-Over TranslationIn-House Translation Jobs vs. Freelancing
A Financially Safe Environment
Free & Continuous Training
Business & Social Networking
Having It Both WaysSoftware Tools Of The Trade
Do I Need Them?
Part 2: Computer-Assisted Translation (CAT) Tools: A Crash CourseSo, What’s A CAT Tool?
A Short Introduction
User Interface Overview
CAT Tools Panorama!Translation Memories (TMs)
What’s a Translation memory?
TM Match CategoriesWord Counts, The Trados Discount Model & Weighted Words
The Trados Discount Model
Weighted WordsTerminology Databases (TermBases) Handoff & Delivery Packages
Delivery PackagesA Typical Translation Project Workflow
Proofreading & Spell-Checking
Delivery / HandbackMachine Translation (MT) Avoiding CAT Tool Lock-In
Freeing Past & Existing Translations
Keeping Your Future Work Cross-PlatformCAT Tools On A Mac Or GNU/Linux
Native CAT Tools
Virtualized CAT Tools
Part 3: Running A Freelance Translation BusinessDefining Your Core Language Pairs Setting Up Your Pricelist
Rates For Translation Agencies
Rates For Direct (Non-Agency) Customers
Indicative Word Rate & Minimum Charge RangesChoosing Your CAT Tool Marketing Your Business (Or How To Find Clients)
Creating Or Spicing Up Your Resume/CV
Membership-based Translators’ Websites
Social Networks: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Google+
Online Business Directories
Your Personal Website
Pro Bono ServiceOrganizing Your Work
Tree Folder Structure
A Word About Purchase Orders & Invoices
Backups! Backups! Backups!Client Relationship Quick Tips Avoiding Fraudulent Clients
Appendix 1: Translation Industry Glossary
Appendix 2: ISO Language Codes
Appendix 3: List of Translation Companies
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