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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5 World Famous Book Translations that are more popular than Original Crafts

book translations more popular than their original

Name 5 book translations more popular than their originals

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Although literature might be classified according to language, national origin, genre, and subject matter, the feeling that the reader gets from consuming a book cannot be classified into any groups as the feeling is universal. Understanding this concept, people from all around the world have translated famous and valuable books in many languages so that the world can enjoy them and not only the citizens of the country where it was published. A book must have high value for the readers to be translated in many different languages. Below we compiled a list of 5 world-famous book translations that are actually more popular than the original crafts.

Paulo Coelho’s “The Alchemist” was originally written in Portuguese and was published in 1988 and now it is one of the most-read books around the world. It is translated and published in 56 different languages and has won the Guinness World Record as the most translated book by a living author. Wordinvent credited translation for the success of this book beyond its native borders. 

It probably comes as no surprise that J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” has been translated into so many different languages since its first installment was published back in 1997. The story of a boy wizard and his friends fighting against the evil defined the last few decades for numerous young readers. The book recently got its 80th translation in Scottish and this number will likely continue to grow. 

“Les Aventures de Tintin” is a French classic written by Herge in 1929. The story of a reporter and his dog Snowy had a worldwide appeal as the story itself is worldwide, with Tintin travelling the globe and encountering many different countries. Herge used a lot of factual research in the book and represented various cultures and people accurately, which led it to be translated into 115 other languages.

Since Lewis Carroll wrote “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” in 1865, it has captivated both young and old audiences as it goes on to be translated into 174 other languages all around the world. While it is a simple story of a girl who gets lost and falls into a magical world, the book is still filled with complex math problems and wordplay that captivates people long after they’ve stopped identifying with the 8-year-old Alice. 

“Le Avventure di Pinocchio” a book written in 1883 by Carlo Collodi is a phenomenal book read by people all around the world. It was originally written in Italian and has been translated into more than 260 other languages. The story of the marionette who becomes a boy through a series of adventures has inspired a huge number of readers of different nationalities throughout the world.

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3 Tips on How to Write a Translation-Friendly Content

Tips on how to write translation-friendly content

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Translation is now a part of effective marketing. This is very true in a digitally emerging world, which contributed to the pressure to reach customers worldwide. While we know that it is tempting to use your favorite poetical grammar structure and idioms, putting them will become a great hindrance to achieving quality translations. The last thing you want is an inefficient translation, which could cause a huge mess for your business.

Here are three tips on how to write a translation-friendly content:

 

  • Keep Your Sentences Short

 

Do you believe in the famous saying that “Simplicity is the key?”. Well, this applies as the first step towards writing a translation-friendly content. You must keep your sentences short as the longer sentences are much more challenging to translate. You don’t want to have clunky and unnatural translations, right? If yes, then keep your sentences into having a maximum of 20 words. Doing so will increase the clarity of your sentences.  

Keep in mind that sentence length is one of the most critical factors for readability. Furthermore, writing simpler sentences with highfalutin words ensures that your content is more easily understood across all languages. So, you must keep your sentences short and sweet!

 

  • Be Consistent

 

We know that you may think that the shorter the sentences you used, the more consistent it is already. However, there are more techniques to write more consistently than this. First and foremost: do not fluff! Avoid the use of recurring sentences, especially if you have a target number of words to meet. But, if it is unavoidable, make use of transition sentences and keep the wording and grammatical structure as uniform as possible. The familiar format will make it easier for your audience to read it better and faster. 

Moreover, by being consistent, the translation will be cheaper on your part! Most global translation services incentive this by using translation memories. Just so you know, this is a tool that automatically searches and reuses words, sentences, and entire texts that it has already translated. Smaller portions or segments are easier to match and translate so it can save you money!

 

  • Make Sure That Your Content is Error-Proof

 

The content that you created should be reviewed by yourself first. Check for any errors or possible revisions that can take your content to the best version it can be before sending it to translators. 

This will guarantee that the translation done on your content will not have any errors. You must always remember to check your work first, even if your deadline is coming soon. 

If you want your work to be translated so that it will not compromise the meaning of the message you want to convey, you should always review your original content. Include proofreading in your workflow to ensure the correctness of your content. 

Something to Think About

Writing a translation-friendly content will be very helpful, especially if you are establishing your brand for another market. This ensures that your brand will be well-known through understandable and easy-to-read content!

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The translator — a poem

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Here’s my first poem inspired by our lovely profession. I’ve been trying to find a nice one, but since I couldn’t, I wrote one myself.

I hope you like it and find it amusing.

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Translator open for business

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Hi there! 2020 is already here and Translator Fun wanted to officially kick off the year with this sign translators can use to remind their clients they are willing to accept well-priced projects.

May this 2020 be full of interesting well-paying projects!

Let the fun begin.

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“Potential translation job” defined

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glossary for translators and interpreters

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Introducing a new service for translators and interpreters, this newly created glossary will bring definitions of words you may encounter daily in your inbox so you can better assess the steps ahead.

I hope a few of you will find it useful.

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Mantras for translators and how to land a job

Mantras for translators

Mantra to land a job

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Do you believe in the power of mantras? It won’t hurt to try at least, right?

You have the talent. You have the energy and the right skills. You are a professional translator willing to work for professional rates. Now it’s time to work on having the right mindset so that attractive projects start coming your way.

Repeat this mantra 108 times before breakfast and the right projects will find you.

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What sparks joy in translators

Written words spark joy in translators.

Written words spark joy in translators.

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February already underway! A good time to think about the year ahead and remind ourselves of what motivates us and sparks joy in us. Written words feed us and provide the ingredients we need to create, transform and communicate. Keep up the good work, translator!

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Truths about translation

 

Truths about translation

Once a translator, always a translator

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Ready to start 2019 highly motivated and willing to embrace the new year with new projects and creations. Here’s a reminder about this truth: once you have tried your hand at translating, there is no escaping it. You are stuck with it for life, luckily!

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Christmas tree for translators

Christmas cards for translators

Christmas for translators

 

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This is the must-have Christmas tree for translators and interpreters. Share these season’s greetings with your colleagues sending them this translator friendly Christmas tree card.

Merry Christmas!

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