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Text to speech proofreading: worth a try!

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 20:42:13 +0000

Because I’m not a naturally gifted proofreader, I’m always looking for new and helpful proofreading tools. I have proofreading issues: I read too fast, and start skimming I don’t enjoy proofreading, so I put it off Because I’m not naturally gifted at this task, I fear that I’m missing things in the text, and I […]

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Beyond the Basics of Freelancing: starts Monday

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 16:11:50 +0000

My online course Beyond the Basics of Freelancing is for mid-career translators who want to: earn more money enjoy their work more avoid stagnation market to better clients The next session starts on Monday (February 19) and runs for four weeks. It’s fully online and open to translators anywhere in the world, in any language […]

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How much do freelance translators earn? Is it enough? 2018 edition

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 05:43:23 +0000

Back in 2011, I wrote this post about how much freelance translators earn. After almost seven years, it’s still the most popular post on this site, with over 21,000 views. A reader recently sent me a series of questions about translator income: “I’m in college and deciding whether to try to make a career as […]

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Link: Barry Olsen reviews an automated interpreting earpiece

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 18:32:00 +0000

Do you subscribe to Jost Zetzsche’s Tool Box Journal newsletter? If not, you should. It’s a monthly roundup of all things language technology-related. I always feel that Jost tracks translation technology so that I don’t have to: instead of combing through hundreds of articles, I just read the Tool Box. This is not an affiliate […]

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New podcast: setting goals for your freelance business

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 18:37:10 +0000

In this new episode of Speaking of Translation, Eve and Corinne discuss how to set goals for your freelance business. If you enjoy this podcast, you might also enjoy Eve’s book Maintaining Your Second Language, or Corinne’s online courses for freelance translators. At the start of the year, Eve and Corinne share some insights into […]

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Winter class discounts end December 31

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 15:53:04 +0000

I’m offering four online courses for translators this winter, and discounted registration rates for them end on December 31. After that, registration for my full-length courses increases from $380 to $410, so it’s a good time to sign up and put the expense on your 2017 accounting! ATA members can use coupon code ATA for […]

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Survey: online translation technique classes

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 20:51:19 +0000

Based upon requests from readers and students, I’m in the early stages of developing some language-specific translation technique classes (i.e. “Become a better translator: German to English”) to be offered in 2018. If you are interested in this type of course, please take a short survey that I’ve prepared. This will help me assess the […]

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Quick take: Learning a language with Duolingo

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 00:56:24 +0000

Since many translators are compulsive language learners–in addition to our working languages, it seems that we’re always trying to learn new ones–I thought I’d give a brief overview of my experience studying Italian with Duolingo, a free online language-learning site. If other readers have used Duolingo, I’d be interested in hearing your impressions! The basics: […]

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New podcast: the basics of direct client marketing

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 20:53:46 +0000

In this episode of Speaking of Translation, Eve and Corinne discuss the basics of marketing your freelance translation services to direct clients. We offer tips on deciding who to market to, beginner-friendly direct client marketing techniques, and what factors to consider before you start marketing to direct clients. Links mentioned in this episode: Eve’s book: […]

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Completely off-topic: Make a chocolate salami as a holiday treat

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 23:55:06 +0000

I took last week off to mountain bike in the Utah desert with my family (it was stellar, thanks for asking!), so I thought I’d ease back in to real life with an OT post. I like to cook, and I also like to combine creativity and cooking. Past off-topic posts on this theme have […]

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