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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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Winter 2018 online courses for freelancers

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 21:35:34 +0000

My winter 2018 online course lineup is open for registration, and I’m excited about this 13th (!) season of teaching business development classes for beginning and experienced freelancers. Here’s what’s on tap: A special quick-start session of Getting Started as a Freelance Translator. Open for registration through December 31; I’m offering this in response to […]

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Seeking guest posts: Lilt, TransferWise Borderless

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 18:59:26 +0000

Hello, readers! I’m currently seeking authors for two guest posts: A guest post from someone who actively uses Lilt, the adaptive MT translation tool. I’d be especially interested in someone who can compare Lilt to a market-leader TM tool with an MT plugin, for example Lilt versus Trados Studio with SDL Language Cloud. A guest […]

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“I’m too old for this”: valid concern, or not?

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 20:33:17 +0000

I hear, with some regularity, from freelance translators–or aspiring freelancers–who worry that they’re “too old for this.” Depending on the individual, “this” might mean: Starting a freelance business in general Pursuing higher-level clients Pursuing a new specialization or niche (i.e. transitioning from translation to interpreting or vice versa) Adding something like a new language to […]

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Marketing to Direct Clients: starts Wednesday

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 18:30:24 +0000

This session is now full; thanks for your interest!   Hello everyone and welcome back from the ATA conference if you attended! It was wonderful to see so many colleagues from around the world, and to take a week out from regular work to learn and network. I’m in catch-up mode today, but wanted to […]

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Your questions about working with direct clients?

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 03:20:14 +0000

This year, I’m working on a series of single-topic books for freelance translators. The first one, Finding and Marketing to Translation Agencies is available now, and the second one, Finding and Marketing to Direct Clients, is in the works. I originally referred to these as e-books, but my book designer convinced me to do a […]

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New book: Finding and Marketing to Translation Agencies

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 22:15:40 +0000

One of my behind-the-scenes projects for this year is a series of narrow-topic books for freelance translators. The first one, Finding and Marketing to Translation Agencies, is freshly pressed and available in print, Kindle, and PDF format. I think that many translators feel torn between two realities: agencies are the backbone of many translators’ businesses, […]

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PerfectIt: a good addition to your editing arsenal

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 20:07:13 +0000

One of my longstanding and favorite clients recently suggested that their translators and editors start using PerfectIt, an editing tool that works within MS Word. After trying it, I found its features very helpful for certain types of translations. This is not an affiliate deal, but I think into-English translators should consider adding PerfectIt to […]

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