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Translation Quality Is Not Set in Stone

In her excellent article about translation rate trends, translator Rose Newell talks about what she calls the “quality levels farce,” meaning that quality levels offered by translation agencies are ridiculous. Rose argues that professional translators will never succumb to delivering translations of varying degrees of quality, so the very idea of quality levels is wrong. […]

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Video: Saving Time by Using Project-Specific Settings in OmegaT

The CAT tool OmegaT makes it possible to have project-specific settings for two options—file filters and segmentation rules—on a per-project basis. Watch the video below to get a grasp of this functionality. This video is back from 2014, so do not be surprised if you already watched it. Global settings Unless you instruct OmegaT to […]

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Productivity Is a Function of Using the Computer Efficiently

Things that are supposed to increase our efficiency as translators and business owners do not always do that. I wrote about this in the article “Paradox of the Knowledge-Worker Age at a Translation Agency”, with one of the examples being e-mail that is supposed to be a time-saver, but for many has become a time-waster […]

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Build a Better Translation Agency by Paying Vendors Quickly

Are you sure that as a translation agency, your payment practices do not turn away translators? This article explains why you might need to adjust your approach in order to be more successful in dealings with freelance linguists. Paying quickly: Winning is about building great relationships with vendors. The cornerstone of a sustainable payment policy […]

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The Future of Human Translators: Copywriters?

With the ever-increasing competition in the translation industry, translators are under constant pressure to grow professionally. One of the best ways to ensure a sustainable competitive edge for a professional translator is to become a better copywriter; that is, to work continually on improving his or her writing skills. Read this article to learn why […]

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Common English to Russian Translation Errors. Part 9. Basics

This article continues the series of posts about errors that translators working in the English to Russian language combination make. This time, the focus is on basic errors that may sound obvious to you, but you wоuld be surprised how many people make them. Dash Because English is less strict about the dash than Russian, […]

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Video: Boosting Your Productivity with a Project Template in OmegaT

This video explains creating new projects in OmegaT based on a project template instead of doing it from scratch. Using a template Instead of creating each new project within OmegaT, you keep a template which you copy to a target folder to create a project. Suppose you have a project template stored on a network […]

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The Ultimate Shortcut to Translating Russian into English with Optimal Quality

Looking for a translation agency to translate Russian into English? This article explains why it is important to have your translation done by a native speaker, budget permitting. Why a native speaker? Translation is best done by native speakers of the target language (the one being translated into), because it requires excellent command of the […]

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Video: Don’t Translate in Studio If You Don’t Want to

This video explains the basics of translating SDL Trados Studio files in OmegaT to give you a general idea of the process: Two filters OmegaT has two XLIFF filters: the native one and the one from the Okapi plugin. The native filter requires that the text to be translated is placed between the “target” tags […]

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