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Posted by on Mar 23, 2016 in Latest |

The Top 5 Books for Translators

Having read many books about translators, their journeys into their translation careers and books about the translation industry as a whole, I have come across a wide range of interesting reads. The reason for picking these five books is that they contain fresh content and they do not repeat any content on topics that you may have read elsewhere. Here I have picked my top favourite books about translators and the translation industry. 1) The Entrepreneurial Linguist: The Business-School Approach to Freelance Translation This book was the first book I read about the translation industry. It is full of useful tips and advice that will help you to build or develop your translation business. 2) The Prosperous Translator As professional linguists, we struggle to journey through our careers without needing to ask a few questions about certain situations and issues with which we are faced. Seeing as the book was written by two successful translators, you can trust that this information is truthful and reliable. The book is set...

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Posted by on Mar 18, 2016 in Latest |

Who Hires Translators?

You may know a lot about translators, you may know people who are translators and you may even be a translator. However, do you know the type of people who hire translators?   Well, in actual fact there is no specific type of person or type of people that hire translators because many people, companies and organisations may find at one point of their life or another that they could benefit from the services of a professional translator. The list of people, companies and organisations that hire translators is endless because these days what with the world becoming smaller because of it is becoming connected through languages, you just never know when you may need the help of a translator. The most obvious group of people that may require the help of a translator amongst people in general, are expatriates living abroad. If you live abroad or are just spending time in a foreign country on a work contract and have issues with the language barrier then hiring a...

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Posted by on Mar 18, 2016 in Latest |

Linguistics, Semantics, Etymology and Philology

Linguistics, Semantics, Etymology and Philology   Linguistics:This is a broad definition for what is generally termed the study of language itself, often called the science of language. The term traces back to the Latin root lingua which meant only the muscle known as the tongue, but also the words that issued forth courtesy of that tongue. Linguistics as practiced in modern times is concerned with studying the structure of language. Therefore, there is comparative linguistics that studies the differences and similarities between various languages in an attempt to unlock commonalities of relationship between them. Then there is structural linguistics which attempts to find a core relationship of similarities that ties all the many different languages together. Semantics:Semantics is the branch of linguistics that is concerned with why certain words signify certain things. In other words, what is the entire comprehensive definition of word beyond its denotative one found in a dictionary? Semantics looks to such things as the specific connotation of a word. Take the sentence “The girl was...

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Posted by on Mar 18, 2016 in Latest |

Translating Social Media

Cracking SEO and social media is a tricky and timely business to get yourself into however, it is crucial now that you immerse yourself in the above if you own a business. In addition to this, it may be worth considering how much business and potential clients you may be turning away from your website or social media page if your posts and articles have not been written in a particular language.   Every business owner these days, with the exception of local businesses where a presence on the internet and on social media is not completely necessary, must have an online presence and knowledge of SEO and social media. For many business owners, having a business without Search Engine Optimisation or without putting your stamp on certain social media sites is like telling somebody the name or address of your property without giving them a map or any further details about how to get there. Regular updates and posts on social media and on your website will help...

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Posted by on Mar 18, 2016 in Latest |

The Productivity Problem

If you’ve been concerned about the impact your personal productivity is having on your business, you are not alone…   Today’s small business owners are complaining about time-related pressures more than ever, saying that there’s simply no way possible that they could EVER complete everything that’s expected of them. Should you get up at the crack of dawn and go to bed at midnight, limiting yourself to around 5 hours sleep when you are tackling a heavy workload, both in your personal and professional life? Sometimes it is all a matter of quality rather than quantity, as by doing a job properly, thoroughly and only once, you will not have to repeat it over and over which of course, saves you time. What is productivity?But here’s where we begin… when you boil productivity down to its very core essence, there are two factors that come into play:1) You can increase the VALUE of what you’re doing…2) OR you can decrease the amount of TIME you spend doing it. Why...

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