Translation Tips Galore

November 15, 2011 by Jennifer Emge
Filed under: Business, Translation Services 

Simply typing, “tips for translation” into Google will supply you with a plethora of information for working in the field of translation.  So, why not put some of them together?

Tips on How to Become a Translator:

(Source: Translators Biz Secret – For more details: http://bit.ly/v5Aom6)

  • A degree in your chosen subject is definitely a plus
  • Use  job-specific training programs
  • Basic computer skills are essential
  • Get experience
  • Get to know your local agencies. Work with them.

Tips for Success:

(Source: The Linguist Blogger – For more details: http://bit.ly/swemjb)

  • Pay your dues
  • Stretch yourself
  • Specialize
  • Network
  • Treat your clients’ trust as sacred

Tips for Translation Projects for Translators:

(Source: Linguabase – For more details: http://bit.ly/tp7rpl)

  • Do not accept a project which you know is not within your abilities.
  • Do not accept jobs with impossible deadlines.
  • Do not hesitate to ask questions.
  • Do not accept a job without seeing the text first.
  • Do not accept work without knowing who your client is.

Why Translators Should Use Twitter:

(Source: LinguaGreca/Adventures in Freelance Translation – For more details: http://bit.ly/umm58x)

  • Excellent for practicing your non-native language skills
  • Help & feedback available 24/7
  • Conversations about work, concerns & ideas
  • Networking
  • Boost your online presence

Tips for Networking

(Source: Tips for Translators – For more details: http://bit.ly/tEZvRS)

  • Be authentic
  • Be in the moment
  • Find a need and fill it
  • Follow-up or be forgotten
  • Give credit and take the blame

Do any of you have tips or advice you were given (or wish you were given) that has helped you along your translation journey?

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