Category Archives: For translators: tips, tricks and good advice

8 Aug 2016

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logo ARTAll-round Translator Events is up and running! A spontaneous idea to do something new in the translation industry has transformed into a platform for continuous professional development for translators.

 

What is ART?

Last year together with Ellen Singer from AzTech Solutions we organised the first All-round Translator meeting in Delft (Netherlands). The event included three sessions focused on business skills, followed by a city tour and a dinner to give the attendees more opportunities for networking and exchanging their ideas. A one-off event quickly turned into an annual ART day. Then more ideas emerged and now we’ve complemented our annual event with quarterly four-hour workshops on a specialisation within translation.read more

14 Jun 2016

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Top 25 Language Blogs“The votes were cast, and Beyond the Words is a huge success!“ – that’s how the message from the competition organisers starts. For the third year in a row Beyond the Words ended up in the top 25 language professional blogs in Top 100 Language Lovers 2016.

Yet again this blog was named among 99 other great online resources for translators, linguists, language learners and language lovers. Thank you for your votes!

It’s a huge success indeed and I hope you enjoy reading the blog as much as I enjoy writing it! 

The results of Top Language Lovers 2016 are listed here.read more

24 May 2016

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Great news! Beyond the Words has been nominated to the Top Language Lovers competition in the category of Language Professional Blogs. It’s already the third consecutive year for Beyond the Words to take part in this competition organised by bab.la and Lexiophiles.

The voting phase is now open and you can cast your vote here. All you need to do is to click on the Beyond the Words tile and hit the Vote button.

Beyond the Words blog

Other categories in the competition include: Language Learning Blogs, Facebook Pages, Twitter Accounts and YouTube channels. Have a look at these great resources and pick your favourites.read more

25 Apr 2016

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website localization courseYou don’t need special powers or magic rings to localise websites or games. There are other ways to remain invisible and exceptional. To make sure that products localised by you are fully aligned with the expectations of the target users you will need a mixture of technical, cultural and language skills that will help you avoid hidden traps and pitfalls.

Your special powers

A typical localisation project might be full of challenges, especially if you’re making your first steps in the localisation world. From tricky source files, through strict character restrictions to complex graphics – there are many traps and dangers awaiting the unwary translator.read more

11 Apr 2016

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website localisationWebsite translation and localisation might be full of challenges, serious dangers and hidden traps. Nothing prepares better for this adventure than years of experience, but new translators or those who want to specialise in localisation can learn the tricks of the trade on courses or webinars. A good example of such a course is the Introduction to Website Localisation that has just been published on eCPD.

 

What’s in it for me?

If you’re a translator and want to take the first steps in localisation, this course will help you understand the ins and outs of website localisation. In 42 lectures I’ll take you on a journey through the website localisation process, cultural adaptation, digital genres, localisation of graphics and localisation testing.read more

26 Nov 2015

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The All-round TranslatorTranslation is an art. There’s no doubt about that. That’s why together with Ellen Singer we have created ART – The All-round Translator.

The recipe is simple: gather local translators, add speakers from outside of the industry and sprinkle with a bit of fun, networking, and sightseeing. 

The outcome is simple too: a low-profile event that helps translators run their businesses more efficiently. A small group smooths communication and interaction between speakers and attendees, which means you can learn even more! And once you’re ready and inspired to put the valuable tips into practice and improve your business and marketing, we make sure you can sit back and enjoy the surroundings.read more

16 Nov 2015

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website localizationWould you trust a brand that offers web design services and has a very chaotic website or user-unfriendly design? Probably not. Why would you then do the same on your own website? Why offer and promise excellent services in a way that is far from excellent? Whether it’s unattractive design, broken links, grammar mistakes, poor localisation or illegible fonts, your users will read between the lines and detect any inconsistency. Even tiny bugs and glitches can turn your website upside down, discourage your potential customers or make your business untrustworthy.

Below you can find 4 tips that will help you present your business online in the best possible way.read more

14 Oct 2015

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Business lesson Simple sales strategies are usually the most effective. This is the main lesson I learned from the street sellers and shopkeepers in the centre of Marrakesh. And the list goes on and on…

For the last 5 years Marrakesh has been my second home and every day spent in the busy medina meant yet another valuable lesson to learn. Tourists from around the world, tempted, allured and attracted by the unique blend of colours, tastes and smells may have a hard life in Morocco. Especially if you’re forced to haggle over the price or constantly reject countless sales proposals or invitations for tea and carpet demonstrations.read more

9 Sep 2015

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website localization courseThe summer is over and it’s time to get back to work. I hope you’ve rested up and recharged your batteries to face new challenges, grasp wonderful opportunities and prepare for more achievements. If you’re among those who come back to work with tons of energy and thirst for knowledge, especially in the area of localisation, you might be interested in the introductory course on website localisation. This is what I’ve been working on for the whole summer. The course is now ready and available via Alexandria Library, so take a look at it, if you feel like starting a new adventure with website localisation.  read more

1 Jun 2015

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How to delver a great presentationWhether it’s a networking event, classroom, meeting with customers or conference speech, sooner or later you’ll be there too: in the spotlight, delivering a speech.

There’s no one simple recipe for a great presentation. There are however a few things you can do to make your speech better and more engaging. This is what you can do well in advance, right before and during your talk to boost your presentation skills.

1. Well in advance: research and rehearse

Before you write down an outline of your speech, think about your audience. What is their expertise? What expectations may they have? How can you adjust your speech to their needs?read more