We had two packages of bilingual files, 75 pages each, five glossaries, half gig of PDF guidelines, a whole galaxy of multi-colored references… Also, the eleventh trados, a memoq, a list of approved terms, a whole set of fuzzy matches, and a weekly deadline. Not that we needed all that for a good translation, but once you get locked into a serious project, the tendency is to push it as far as you can. The only thing that really worried me was fuzzy matches. There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible and depraved than a man in the depths of checking fuzzy matches, and I knew we’d get into that rotten stuff pretty soon.
Today translation market is overcrowded with translators and all of them claim to be professionals. At the same time every now and then we see awfully translated manuals, menus, brochures, let alone more serious specialized texts which can be really dangerous if translated erroneously. Sometimes I have to select a team of translators for a specific project and I look through many resumes and test translations. And every time I get very surprised why so many people with higher education in linguistics and translation do their job so bad!
I remember that starting from my school years I have been from the human sciences league. I loved languages, history, literature… But the Russian language was my favorite. Continue reading Are You Sure You Can Be a Translator?
Sometimes you may get the impression that you regularly contact with your pool of customers and there is no way they can forget about you. However this impression is illusive. Your client is most probably a very busy person and he/she can easily confuse you with another freelancer.
When I am not too busy with projects I spend some time looking through the list of my clients and send them small reminders about myself: I may ask them to leave me a feedback or I inform about my new services or send them my vacation dates, etc.
A few days ago I’ve got one more prove that follow-up letters are extremely important in freelance. I contacted one of my best clients with the feedback request. Guess what… He was very surprised to hear from me and wondered if I was still freelancing. Continue reading Regular Follow-Ups: They Pay Off
All my life I’ve been living in Russia. Moreover I live in the Urals and summer is something unreliable and unpredictable here. For example, last year most summer days were cold and rainy. Thankfully my husband and I are both freelancers, and without a moment’s hesitation we left this God forsaken place and spent 1.5 months in Spain and Greece.
But this year has beaten all. June 2015 has turned out to be unexpectedly intensive, productive, and fruitful. I didn’t have time to post enough in Social Media and on my website, let alone diversified menu of my family which was badly-hit. Finally, this crazy month has ended, all invoices are issued, and I can catch a break and summarize a few things.
This week is really crazy for me. Our 3-year old son Leonard caught some incredibly infective virus, so that all family members had the disease in these 5 days. The only encouraging thing is that the acute period is rather short. Still this little madcap has to stay at home during the week, and it’s getting extremely hard to concentrate on anything serious when the house is full of loud sounds and you are constantly asked to do something: “mom, warm some food”, “mom, open the door”, “mom, wash my hands”, “mom, play with me, pleeeease”.