Main differences between translators and interpreters

Differences between translators and interpreters

Translators and interpreters need different skills

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Hi there. This is the first cartoon in the series about the main differences between translators and interpreters at a glance. Although many times most people use the term “translator” to refer to both professions, these two disciplines require a different set of skills and different types of training, too. I would also say that they require different types of personalities, but we’ll leave that for a future post.

As shown in the cartoon, the first and huge difference resides in the medium of expression as translators work with written texts and interpreters with spoken utterances.

What is your reaction when people mistake these two terms for one another?

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Deadline definition

Deadlines in the lives of translators

Deadlines are present 24/7 in translators’ lives

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Translators usually organize their lives according to their upcoming deadline so when talking to someone else they would always arrange for whatever activity to happen after their upcoming deadline. Most likely, after their upcoming deadline, there will hopefully be a new upcoming deadline so whatever extra activity will never happen. That is their luck.
Take five in between deadlines to have some fun and smile.
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5 Best Immigration Policies Around the Globe (guest post)

5 best immigration policies around the globe

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Immigration is defined as the act of moving to a foreign country with the aim of living there permanently. In general, people immigrate in the hopes of living a better life for themselves. Otherwise, some people also immigrate to support loved ones so that they may live a better life. 

Why do people immigrate?

As stated above, people generally immigrate to improve lives. However, there are specific reasons as to why people suddenly decide to take the big leap. These include the following:

  • To seek asylum
  • To benefit from better healthcare
  • To rise from poverty
  • To live with relatives
  • To live with a loved one

Factors to consider when immigrating

When searching for a country to migrate to, there are a few factors you need to consider. Since you are seeking to live permanently in that country, you need to be sure of the country you are immigrating to. With that, here are some of the factors you should take note of:

  1. Number of immigrants allowed per year 
  2. Languages spoken
  3. Duration of stay needed for permanent residency
  4. Anti-discrimination laws
  5. Healthcare laws

Countries with the Best Immigration Policies

If you’ve decided to leave your country, the next step is to choose which country to migrate to. Here are some of the countries with the best immigration policies:

1. Canada

Canada is a huge country that offers a lot of opportunities to immigrants. The people are also generally welcoming of immigrants which is a huge plus. 

  • Yearly immigrant count: approximately 300,000
  • Language: English
  • Duration of stay needed for permanent residency: 3 years within a span of 5 years

2. New Zealand

With its literal green pastures, people seeking greener pastures are drawn towards New Zealand. Luckily, New Zealand is also welcoming of immigrants and offers lots of job opportunities.

  • Yearly immigrant count: approximately 50,000
  • Language: English
  • Duration of stay needed for permanent residency: 2 years

3. Finland

Finland’s capital, Helsinki is awarded as one of the most livable cities in the world. Add that to the fact that Finland is known to be the safest country in the world, and you’d want to immigrate to this country ASAP. 

  • Yearly immigrant count: approximately 30,000
  • Language: Finnish
  • Duration of stay needed for permanent residency: 4 years

4. Australia

Australia is a multicultural country that has a lot of opportunities to offer. This is also the perfect destination for nature lovers with its abundant wildlife. Australians are also very friendly and the country has a great standard of living.

  • Yearly immigrant count: approximately 500,000
  • Language: English
  • Duration of stay needed for permanent residency: 4 years

5. Germany

Germany is generally a very peaceful country with very responsible citizens. There are plenty of job opportunities and a very low rate of corruption. Germany also needs immigrants to keep its economy running so you know that you are welcome in this country!

  • Yearly immigrant count: approximately 400,000
  • Language: German
  • Duration of stay needed for permanent residency: 5 years

Whatever your reason for wanting to immigrate, it’s important to read on immigration policies. When it comes to your documents, it’s best to hire a freelance certified translator or global language service company like Translingua to help translate all your required documents as well.

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Prepositions and translators – “on”

Prepositions on

Translators usually work on a tight deadline

Yeah! Another cartoon in the new series about parts of speech frequently used by translators or associated with them. Now, it’s the turn of “on”. In the case of translators, this preposition always finds its way to collocate in an almost fixed phrase for translators. Here’s an example:

Translator’s fried: Hey you! Long time no see. Let’s catch up!

Translator: I’d love to, but I can’t. I’m on a tight deadline, sorry.

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Prepositions frequently used (by translators)

Prepositions most frequently used by translators

Prepositions used by translators

Hi there! Here’s the first cartoon in the new series about parts of speech frequently used by translators or associated with them. In this case, we’ll deal with prepositions. Question: beloved translator, aren’t you always pressed for time?

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Signs you are adapting well to the new normal imposed by COVID-19

COVID-19 for translators

Signs you are adapting well to the new normal imposed by COVID-19

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Hi there! We are still struggling with COVID-19 and how it is affecting everyone’s lives. In these challenging times, here is a friendly and humorous reminder to keep safe, observe the recommendations by recognized health organizations, and keep a positive mindset while we face the new normal.

Separated but together we will be able to go through this. Stay safe, stay healthy, stay at home, and stay fun.

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How COVID-19 is affecting freelance translators’ dress code

How COVID-19 affects translators' dress code

Freelance translators’ dress code has also been affected by COVID-19

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COVID-19 is affecting people’s lives dramatically and translators are no exception. In these uncertain times, here is a friendly and humorous reminder to keep safe, observe the recommendations by recognized health organizations, and wear a mask if you “ever” go out.

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Lessons learned thanks to COVID-19 — social distancing

Freelance translators during COVID-19

Translators are experts at social distancing

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It seems that keeping social distancing is not that hard for freelance translators, right? One practice we can easily add to our skillset. We are experts at it (we have been practicing) social distancing for a very long while now) and the somewhat negative connotations are slowly becoming positive traits. Now, more than ever before, keep it up!

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Lessons learned thanks to COVID-19

A freelance translator during COVID-19

Freelance translators discover being in quarantine is their lifestyle.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) awareness: In light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, I recommend checking the World Health Organization‘s website for the most accurate and up-to-date information.

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“Glossary” meaning – UGFTI

Glossary definition

Project glossary defined for translators and interpreters

 

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Let me guess… You have landed a translation project. Everything runs smoothly. You receive the files and even a glossary to complete the task! You start your translation and you are doing great! You are fine except for a few key terms that are crucial for the meaning of the text. You don’t panic because you know you have the wide and robust glossary specifically sent for this project, right? Well… guess what as a rule of thumb the glossary will never contain “the terms” YOU need so urgently. Translators’ luck.

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