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Cry of translation editor’s heart
Cry of translation editor’s heart

The first cry from the editor was aimed at wannabe translators, people planning to take up translation professionally. The present cry, if we can call it that, is directed more at editors. Although it’s unlikely editors will discover anything entirely new in this article — they’re more likely just to give a knowing smile.

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Negotiating the cost of a translation
Negotiating the cost of a translation

Plenty of companies get clients who will start out from the assumption that simply presenting a potential job—particularly a big job—gives them sufficient grounds to ask for a discount. They lean on their potential contractor in negotiations, ask for concessions, and very often get them.
But when a client applies this same tactic to negotiating with a translation agency and gets that discount, it is usually a Pyrrhic victory. Below, we discuss how events develop in this way and why applying the same logic to translation agencies doesn’t work.

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How to guarantee you flunk<br>a translation test
How to guarantee you flunk
a translation test

If you are taking a translation test, here’s some unhelpful advice from an editor who is always marking applicants’ test translations.

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Where to find a good editor and why you need one in the first place
Where to find a good editor and why you need one in the first place

The Internet is teeming with guidelines regarding skills translators must possess in order to be considered good. As a rule, they all mention the same qualities: perfect proficiency in foreign languages and flawless mastery of the native one, ability to “sense” linguistic subtleties, integration with the language environment, extensive vocabulary, advanced computer skills etc.

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How freelancers should work with translation companies and ways to ruin your relationships for sure
How freelancers should work with translation companies and ways to ruin your relationships for sure

Not only do you, some of your friends and your brother Alex consider yourselves to be translators, but so does just about anyone else who has ever studied a language. But getting a degree is really just theory. When that theory comes into contact with how language is really used, this can result in countless mistakes, misunderstandings and conflicts. This article is about how to avoid such situations.

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